Brother of Levi ‘Brooklyn Butcher’ Aron, who dismembered 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, found dead in closet in Brooklyn home
The family has a history of mental illness but will deny it. What could possibly go wrong?
A brother of the Brooklyn madman, Levi Aron, who butchered an 8-year-old was found dead Friday in his family’s Brooklyn home
The body of Levi Aron’s 29-year-old brother was found in the same house where little Leiby Kletzky’s dismembered remains were discovered six years ago
The body was duct-taped, wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a basement closet of the Kensington home
The death is being treated as a homicide
In 2012 Aron, then 37, had pled guilty to second degree murder and kidnapping of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky and was jailed 40 years to life in prison
A court-ordered psychiatric exam portrayed Aron as a troubled and confused man who suffers from a “personality disorder.”
His attorney confirmed his client had untreated mental illness and came from a family with a history of schizophrenia.
The report also noted that the killer’s sister died while receiving treatment for schizophrenia in an institution.
Levi Aron at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he was arraigned on the indictment for the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in 2012
A brother of the Brooklyn madman who butchered an 8-year-old was found dead Friday in his family’s Brooklyn home, the same house where little Leiby Kletzky’s dismembered remains were discovered six years ago.
The death is being treated as a homicide.
The disturbing find was made by another of Aron’s brothers around 2:45 p.m., sources said.
“He ran out of the house screaming, ‘my brother, my brother,’ ” said neighbor Kathleen Henderson, a retired Parks worker. “It was spooky.”
Police on Friday blocked off E. 2nd St. in front of the cream-colored three-story home, now the site of a second nightmarish find, as they waited on the Medical Examiner.
An eerie hush enveloped the street, lined with nearly identical homes, as neighbors stayed indoors and peered at the crime scene from their windows.
“Everyone keeps an eye an on that house for obvious reasons,” Henderson said. “No one trusted them after that incident with the little boy.”
in 2012 Levi Aron pleaded guilty the 2011 kidnapping and murder of Leiby.
Aron, now 40, confessed to snatching the boy off a Borough Park street a year earlier after he asked him for directions.
Leiby was walking home from camp, on his own for the first time, and had gotten lost.
Aron kept the boy in his apartment for more than a day, and drove him to a Rockland County wedding.
But the hardware store clerk panicked upon realizing a massive search was underway.
He drugged Leiby, smothered him with a towel, then dismembered him and stuffed most of his remains into a suitcase that was found in a Dumpster about a mile from his house.
The boy’s feet were found in Aron’s freezer.
The kidnapping and brutal slaying sent shock waves through Borough Park, a tight-knit, predominantly Hasidic community.
Asked if he wanted to apologize, the confessed child killer demurred and remained silent during jailhouse interview in 2011.
“I sometimes hear voices,” he said, but refused to describe them or relay what they told him.
A court-ordered psychiatric exam portrayed Aron as a troubled and confused man who suffers from a “personality disorder.” The report said that his sister died while receiving treatment for schizophrenia in an institution.
His younger brother at the time defended the other members of the Aron clan, saying that they were unaware of his sibling’s faculty for savagery.
“It’s all based on assumptions,” Tzvi Aron said after his brother’s brutal act. “People who know us know we’re a good family.”
Levi Aron later struck a deal to serve 40 years to life in prison. He is currently locked up at the maximum security Sullivan Correctional Facility in upstate Sullivan County.
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