Levi Aron Was Accused of Stalking Neighborhood Boy, Beating Ex-Wife Before Murdering Leiby Kletzky

Levi Aron is suspected in the murder of Kletzky, but not yet been charged.jpeg
When Levi Aron was first fingered in the kidnapping and brutal murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, his ex-wife Debbie Kivel told the New York Post, "It's completely out of the character of the Levi that I know, I am in shock. I am not believing this." She went on to say, "He loved children," and that when she spoke to him recently, "Everything sounded fine and normal." But court papers from Tennessee tell a different story, more consistent with the horrifying crime and claims of insanity: a 2006 order of protection filed by Kivel call Aron physically abusive and accuse him of sneaking into the woman's room after their break-up in hopes of sex; he threatened suicide if she would not sleep with him. "The victim states that she refused to do it . . . she fell asleep and when she awoke, Levi Aron was laying in bed beside her and her bra was removed," says the report, via the New York Post. Other warning signs about Aron include possibly stalking another young boy as little as two weeks ago.

Someone close to the shomrim, a neighborhood watch group for the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, told The Daily that Aron was accused of stalking an 11-year-old boy, who noticed a gold car -- thought to be Aron's 1990 Honda -- following him home. Police may not have been notified, said one shomrim volunteer, because the "majority of Jews here are from Eastern European descent, and they have an ingrained lack of trust with authority," he said. "Everyone is taught to go to the shomrim, and not the police because they identify more with us so we fill the gap."

That wasn't the case for Aron's ex-wife in Tennessee, Debbie Kivel, who claimed that he "struck her with a closed fist on her shoulder and on her stomach." She said he had "a behavior disorder," and those who knew him then, when he worked at a Tennessee butcher counter, agree.

"People complained because he sliced the meat so slowly, so methodically, and some realized he wasn't 100 percent," said one member of the synagogue.

You can see Aron and Kivel's divorce papers here.

Meanwhile, police say that the murdered boy, Leiby Kletzky, likely put up a struggle, evidenced by the scratches on Aron's arms and wrists. "He fought back a little bit until eventually he stopped breathing," Aron said in a confession about suffocating the boy. "Afterwards, I panicked, because I didn't know what to do with the body." He used three knives and a cutting board to dispose of the evidence, which was discovered late Tuesday night.

"Obviously, in this business, you see a lot of violence. There's usually some sort of irrational, twisted logic that's given as to why a violent event took place," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Here it defies all logic, and I think that's really what's so terribly disturbing about this case."

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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Notalida
Notalida

This is such a horrible horrible thing to have happened to a family.  It is the worst nightmare for all parents everywhere.  But I really have to ask, how many people who follow this story and rightfully grieve for this boy and his family give any thought to the many Palestinian children who are killed by the Israelis?  How many 8 years olds were burned alive by illegal white phospherous bombs in Gaza two years ago?  Do you know?  Somewhere between 288 and 352 CHILDREN were killed during 'Operation Cast Lead'.   How would we react if 288 Leiby Kletzkys were killed in Brooklyn in a few months? What kind of news coverage would that get?

Pksn118
Pksn118

This isn't a political forum take your comments elsewhere. How rude and disrespectful of you to make that sort of comment on here. Also, if you decide to bring your comments to another forum that is more appropriate try and educate yourself a little more on what is going on in the Middle East. I would ask if you have even been to the Middle East but of course you would say yes no matter what. That is all I am saying about that, now show some respect an 8 year old boy was murdered in cold blood and no matter what you belief's are I think all would agree that this was a horrendous tragedy.

Swanmama
Swanmama

Wrong forum and thread for the Palestinian children.  Killing of anyone during a war is no comparison to sickos who kill children like this little boy in Brooklyn.

Thoroughly Disgusted
Thoroughly Disgusted

Some people will use any forum or tragedy to push their own agenda. Comparing the Middle East situation with an innocent 8-yr-old walking home from school getting killed is exactly that.

Looking to point fingers?
Looking to point fingers?

I grieve for all innocent people killed.

How many innocent lives were snuffed out on September 11?

Looking to point fingers?
Looking to point fingers?

What makes him religious?????????

 In the Brooklyn community he's from, guys dont 1-have Facebook accounts with loads of women who arent religious and2-offer pictures of himself with no head covering.

Jessie M
Jessie M

I completely understand anyone descended from Eastern European Jews being fearful of the police. Absolutely. Self reliance is honorable and something to aspire to. But I believe this crime has also shaken people to the core and that if rabbis have been advising people not to report infractions on members of the community, that stops today. This man followed a little boy with his car recently and the mother did not report it. If she is able to sleep at night, I would be surprised. I think this has inspired introspection and it is painful because of the very tragic death of an innocent boy.

Cas_eindhoven
Cas_eindhoven

This is a fascinating case due to it involving highly religious Jews, but that's it.  Why everyone is making this out to be any more gruesome than "son of Sam" or any of the other crazy things New York's been so infamous for is beyond me.

Pksn118
Pksn118

It involves a child, which is and should always be shocking to society.

Jessie M
Jessie M

It is also very similar to the Etan Patz case, where a young boy disappeared 30 years ago, also the first time he had walked alone. And the dismemberment element, good grief. So horrible.

Arielle
Arielle

I think it's shocking because it involves an 8 year old boy, being killed and dismembered while his body parts are stuffed in a household freezer.  The perpetrator and the kid being from the ultra-orthodox community just adds another facet to the whole thing.  I bet it won't take long before the Law and Order: SVU producers would make a special episode based on the story.

Arielle
Arielle

His ex-wife told the media that everything was fine because the ultra-orthodox community, tries to keep everything inside and resolve issues by involving the Rabis. It's a big problem in Israel as well. Spousal and child abuse often go unreported. In addition, saying something bad about other people, even if it's true is considered "lashon hara", i.e. evil language prohibited by the religion. So I'm not surprised Debbie Kivel told the police that "it's out charachter" for Aron to kill anyone.

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