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:
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.”
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.”
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:
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!
Rebbetzin Lynette Murphy, M.A., LPC