Disgusted by Victim Blaming Statement Regarding the Murder of Leiby Kletzky

B”H

I can’t express how disgusted and appalled I am at the statement Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly made after the discovery of Leiby’s dismembered body.

Commissioner Kelly said that the massive search launched to find Leiby spooked [Levi] Aron into doing the unthinkable: “He panicked, and that is why he killed the boy.” That is why he killed Lieby? No! Aron killed Leiby because he is a psychologically unstable man. In case you are wondering if this is a misquote, the Commissioner’s statement can be found in multiple sources including the following link:
http://m.ibtimes.com/leiby-kletzky-murderer-confession-180539.html

The Huffington Post quotes Kelly saying Aron panicked when he saw the massive search led by the Brooklyn Hasidic Jewish community to find Kletzy and “that’s why he killed the boy.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/13/levi-aron-arrested-lieby-kletzky_n_897184.html

Again in International Business Times “Police Commissioner Kelly said that the massive search launched to find Leiby spooked Aron into doing the unthinkable: “He panicked, and that is why he killed the boy.”

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/179516/20110713/levi-aron-brooklyn-boy-murder-leiby-kletzky.htm

I’ve been shocked that I have not heard one response to this horrific statement against the Brooklyn Jewish community and the greater Jewish community of New York and the world.

As a former director of sexual services and board member of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, we often encountered community members and law enforcement blaming a rape victim for being assaulted. It is just as appalling to me to blame an entire community; thousands of people who immediately and intensely searched for a missing little boy, for the murder of Leiby Kletzsky. Is the Commisioner saying we shouldn’t look for lost children? Is he demeaning the Jewish community for displaying the mizvot of Achdut (sticking together) and V’ahavta (love for one another)? How can it be wrong to live out Torah principals, especially for the hope of finding a missing/kidnapped eight year old? IT’S NOT!!!

I have been extremely touched by the outpouring of time, energy, and expenses that were freely given in search for Leiby. Watch a video response to the Jewish community’s efforts by Rabbi Yaakov Salomon entitled “Leiby Kletzky’s Final Gift.”

It was the Shomrim (watchers) who first received a call from Leiby’s Imma that he was missing. This group of 150 volunteers began searching immediately and within 120 minutes they had thousands helping in the search on foot, by posting flyers, and reviewing surveillance tapes. It was one of these volunteers, who stayed up and searched until Leiby’s body was found, that discovered Leiby getting into Aron’s Honda on a surveillance tape and another volunteer who gathered Aron’s physical address from
Aron’s dentist. It was reported that this info was put together at 2 am and law enforcement was informed. At 2:30 law enforcement arrived at Aron’s home to find Leiby’s body dismembered in Aron’s refrigerator.

If you are as appalled and disturbed as I am about the Commissioner’s inappropriate, callous, statement, please join me in telling him so directly through the following web contact form:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html

I pray, the Kletzky family never read or hear Commissioner Kelly’s words and that they find comfort in knowing and experiencing the sacrifice their community was willing to make in hopes of Leiby’s safe return!

Shalom,
Rebbetzin Lynette Murphy, M.A., LPC

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7 Responses to Disgusted by Victim Blaming Statement Regarding the Murder of Leiby Kletzky

  1. Tzvi says:

    I don’t the commissioner was blaming the community, he was just stating the fact that the killer said he panicked when he saw the massive search. The commissioner praised the Shormim as well. As you write, it is highly doubtful the efforts of the community led to Leiby’s death. This was done by is a sick individual who would most likely murdered Leiby even without the community search.

  2. Tzvi says:

    I don’t the commissioner was blaming the community, he was just stating the fact that the killer said he panicked when he saw the massive search. The commissioner praised the Shomrim as well. As you write, it is highly doubtful the efforts of the community led to Leiby’s death. This was done by is a sick individual who would most likely have murdered Leiby even without the community search.

    • Tzvi–

      Thanks for your comment. I am aware that Commissioner Kelly made a positive statement about the Shomrim’s search efforts; he even stated that he did not see the 2 1/2 hour delay of informing law enforcement of missing Leiby as negatively affecting the investigation. Yet, this does not negate that he made a statement saying the intensive search by the Jewish community led to the murder of Leiby! The statement was unnecessary and I believe untruthful. In my experience, murders like Levi Aron would’ve killed Leiby regardless of an intensive search or not!

      –Shalom

  3. Cherie says:

    Dear Lynette,
    Your heart is so compassionate! I completely understand your anguish over this tragedy, that for some reason, Hashem allowed. I have read many of the articles on this, as I was up late Tues. night praying for little Leiby, hoping he would be found safe. I have to honestly say, of all I have read, including comments by Commissioner Kelly, I never got the impression he was blaming Leiby, or his parents. I think he was simply quoting what the murderer said as the only “excuse” he gave for his nightmarish actions. I could be wrong about this, but I truly did not get that sentiment in the many articles I read about his horror.

    Shalom Shalom,
    Cherie

    • Thanks Cherie for your words. Even if Commissioner Kelly was intending to reflect what Aron said as to why Aron killed Leiby, I believe the Commissioner should have more carefully reflected that the statement wasn’t his personal belief. It sounds as if he is blaming the Jewish community regardless.

      Shalom!

  4. Lisa Jones says:

    I agree that the Commissioner was not blaming the community – I didn’t interpret that at all. Explaining the thinking of a mad man doesn’t mean he agrees with it. We are all saddened by this horrific tragedy. The only blame here is at the murderers hands.

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