New Details Emerging Of Murder Suspect Levi Aron’s Past

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As police continue to gather evidence in the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, investigators are forming a more comprehensive profile of their suspect, Levi Aron.

Aron has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation by a judge. The 35-year-old pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges on Thursday in connection with Kletzky’s death.

Police say part of the boy’s dismembered body was found in Aron’s freezer in his Brooklyn apartment. The rest of his body was found in a Dumpster about two miles away.

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“Nobody knows what’s going on. I’m just now finding out information and I’m in total shock,” said Aron’s ex-wife Debby Kivel immediately after his arrest.

But according to the New York Post, a 2006 protective order she filed not long before their divorce in Tennessee sheds new light on the Brooklyn man’s mindset.

In the order, Kivel says after they were separated, Aron warned that “if she did not have sexual relations with him, then he would kill himself, period.” 

Aron also allegedly left her “100 phone calls and numerous text messages.”

He also allegedly threatened to have her kids taken away and “…struck her with a closed fist on her shoulder and on her stomach.”

Kivel also said her ex-husband, after they were already separated, snuck into her bedroom and asked her if she would have sex with him.

Kivel says she refused but woke up with her bra off and Aron in her bed.

Aron’s lawyer says his client may be mentally unstable, claiming he hears voices.

We now know that Aron’s marriage to Kivel was not his first. Court records show three years earlier in 2004, he married an Israeli woman and divorced a year later.

If convicted of killing Leiby Kletzky, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Do you think Levi Aron is insane? Sound off in our comments section.

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  1. LindaG says:

    There are 2 forces in this world – good and evil. Evil is the absence of God, and this man Levi Aron may be mentally deficient but no one commits this kind of horrendous act without the presence of evil. I pray for that innocent little boy whose life was snuffed out so violently and for his family.

  2. bb says:

    i think he should be put in total isolation. and then for a couple of hours be between all the ppl in jail and let him experience some violence done to him just like he made lieby feel.

  3. eradicate-evil says:

    we can arrange for him to stop hearing voices. guaranteed to work for child molesters. just give him ten minutes in my neighborhood. he will never hear voices again. i promise.

  4. IgnoranteElephante says:

    That someone would suggest my above comment warrants moderation is telling of the “don’t dare question us” attitude that permeates the issue.

  5. IgnoranteElephante says:

    I call for an investigation into the Shomrim, Rabbinical Courts, and any other Jewish Security patrol. If it turns out that people were dissuaded or intimated out of filing charges or going to the police indictments should lie. (I won’t hold my breath.)

    We should decry the religious influence on civic affairs when used to cover up crimes just like we decried it when we suspected the Catholic clergy was covering up molestations.

  6. IgnoranteElephante says:

    More and more details emerge that this psychopath attempted to kidnap other boys and that he he was obsessed with them, but nothing was done, nothing until he killed this little boy. More and more reason for any one having any reasonable belief that a crime has been, is being, or will be commited to go to the police without regard to what some Rabbi or has to say about it.

    Assemblymen Dov Hikind stated that he was fielding phone calls from members of the community hoping that Aron was not really Jewish but instead an Arab or anti Semite. Members also heard, according to the Daily News, saying that the killer was Jewish makes it worse.

  7. Time to Act says:

    This tragedy has affected nearly everyone deeply. There is good reason for this as it is pure evil. The only good thing is that it was not a hate crime as this would bring other issues. How can we as a society attempt to insure such horror never happens again? There is no guarantee or simple answer. However, I would suggest we need to improve our social services. I in no way am making excuses for this heart breaking murder. I just and trying to understand how we can prevent it again. If this man was under psychiatric professional care could it have been prevented? Hopefully we can learn from him why he did such a thing and use this information to address similar folks with mental illness and a depraved mind. My prayers are with the family and for all of us that we come together to live together in peace and safety.

  8. The Time is Now says:

    This tragedy has affected nearly everyone deeply. There is good reason for this as it is pure evil. The only good thing is that it was not a hate crime as this would bring other issues. How can we as a society attempt to insure such horror never happens again? There is no guarantee or simple answer. However, I would suggest we need to improve our social services. I in no way am making excuses for this heart breaking murder. I just and trying to understand how we can prevent it again. If this man was under psychiatric professional care could it have been prevented? Hopefully we can learn from him why he did such a thing and use this information to address similar folks with mental illness and a depraved mind. My prayers are with the family and for all of us that we come together to live together in peace and safety.

  9. Wolf says:

    This man is not a sex offender. This man is possessed. Contrary to what anyone thinks here, why else would a man not only kill and innocent child, but to dismember him as well? Listen, back in the days witches were burned at the stake. Perhaps its time for a good old fashion with burning. I don’t doubt the man hears voices, other than being possessed by demons there is no logical or rational reason for him to have done what he did. And when he is found legally insane, he will be hospitalized and set free. Burn him at the stakes. Let the parents light the flame.

  10. joshsucks says:

    @ Ignorante elephante – Religious courts have no authority over anything but religious and familial obligations. They do not condone nor will they interfere with protecting individuals charged under the civil or criminal codes of state of NY or the United States. Religious courts deal mostly with matrimonial affairs such as divorce etc.

    1. IgnoranteElephante says:

      Thank you for the religious.and civic lesson, but you’re missing my point. When you are told, under fear of being subject to discipline within the community, that you must get the rabbi to okay a police investigation, you allow rabbis, not courts and juries, to determine who should be punished for criminal activity.

      1. Go get'em baby,,,,!!!!!!!!! says:

        Go get’em baby,,,,!!!!!!!!!

  11. IgnoranteElephante says:

    Can you imagine that these Orthodox have a list of suspected sex offenders which they don’t turn over to the police? Read the Daily News article that I linked below. That means there’s a list of suspected victims that the police are unaware of. This is an outrage. It is a clear case of evidence tampering and witness intimidation.

    Apparently, and read the article to confirm with quotes from members of the community, the Rabbi has to approve police involvement. How is this remotely acceptable in 2011 United States?

    When posters like Retired Sergeant Jeff Rosen comment about the good Hasids, he leaves out that they suppress evidence and discourage police involvement. It is curious.that Rosen, a former cop, would praise such a group.

    Similarly, posters who lament that Aron had no prior record and could not have been suspected of such behavior overlook the probability that any misgivings or inappropriate behavior on Aron’s part would have been concealed from the public.and certainly the police. Thus, when posters ask why I bring up the internal Rabbinical courts, I do so to highlight the danger of religious law forbidding outsider investigations.

    1. Abby says:

      Just to clear up one point, religious law does NOT forbid external investigations. This issue of concealing suspected sex offenders is a highly controversial one and many MANY Jewish people themselves disagree with it.

      I hope this list gets turned over to the appropriate police channels and those on it are dealt with legally.

    2. IgnoranteElephante says:

      I’d love to say you’re right, but there is no reason to keep the list out of the hands of the police. They are endangering their own and endangering the neighboring communities who probably don’t subscribe to their civic exclusion.

      Where’s the same uproar that the Catholic church receives from the media.and public?

      And sex crimes are just the beginning. You can bet your sweet @$$ that other crimes are actively concealed from police and prosecutors.

  12. So what! says:

    They are just trying to find an excuse for his latest action. The fact that he had a bad relationship and that he had problems with the wife, asking for sex even when they were separated does not give him permission or is not an excuse to murder this little kid. Shame on everybody that is trying to find excuses for this. He had the chance to return the kid instead he said he got scared he might be discovered, so for me that is not someone that does not what he is doing. Sorry. No mercy for him.

    1. DOD SPEAKS says:

      KJV
      Exodus 10:17

      Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.

      1. Adeyinka O McAdewunmi says:

        America dont beleive in God any more.The bible have been taken away from the school.You cannot even pray in public place any more.This is what a society gets,when it says NO to the scripture.

  13. Ellen says:

    How come the family of Levi Aron didn’t notice that something was wrong with their son? If they had and done something about it then maybe this little boy would still be with us.

    1. family has no fault says:

      We all have a relative who is not all complete up there. Don’t we? So what are they going to predict he was going to kill a child? Or anybody??? He as as guilty as sin, and after this hope he goes to hell.

  14. IgnoranteElephante says:

    If he cut through Jersey to get to Monsey, he would have been committing a crime in interstate commerce. This would give the federal government with their death penalty jurisdiction over the case.

    Let’s hope that he did.

    1. good catch says:

      good call. hopefully he did.

  15. Turtle says:

    Drop him in the middle of Yemen

  16. Big Nard says:

    Those are not voices in his head. Those are the people with torches and pitch forks scratching at the jailer’s door.

    1. keep scratching says:

      Among all the sadness from this case, you made me laugh. You are absolutely right

  17. Selena says:

    way off base here

  18. Selena says:

    A death sentence is the easy way out. He should be kept alive, trapped inside of his sick mind, locked away with criminals much larger and scarier looking than him. He wouldn’t last long but the terror he would feel might be a hint of what poor Leiby felt.

  19. John says:

    People should bring death penalty back to NY and animals like this must be executed within a month after trial is over.

  20. Big Stan says:

    I believe strongly in the death penalty. So since that isn’t possible in NY, the next best thing is life in Attica. Let him roam free. He won’t last 15 minutes.

  21. Victoria says:

    I believe that life sentence is not enough for such a person who did such a horrible thing to a child. This person should be put to death to assure that he never does it to anyone else.

  22. tonyr says:

    to the fullest extent of the law. may it be a just punishment.

  23. tonyr says:

    no matter what faith your may be, say a little prayer for this family, so they may find some peace and confort at this terrible time in their lives..
    the killer will be dealth with

  24. Carol says:

    Shane…you are 100% correct…but instead of the death penalty, it should be a torture penalty. He should have the same thing done to him as he did to that gorgeous innocent angel. If we had something like this in the US, people would be scared to commit these crimes. They would instantly wake up and be cured of their “insanities.” No one is scared in the US because we do not have strict punishments for this. Just look at the Anthony trial…what is this country thinking??

  25. ma says:

    Throw him in a cage with hungry lions.

  26. Linda says:

    What is going on in this crazy world we live in. All you read are terribly things happening to children everyday. Everytime you watch the news there is something horrific happening.

  27. Linda says:

    He is definitely a sick individual. I feel so sorry for the family of this young boy.

    1. MAria says:

      i feel terrible just to think this cute little boy was so trusting of this man and then he is killed so savagely, it breaks my heart. This is why you cannot trust anyone with your children. It clearly shows his intent to kill when he gave him drugs to sedate him prior to his killing.
      GOD Bless You and your family.

  28. Jon says:

    bury him alive.

  29. Shane Devino says:

    he is 100% insane… but he deserves the death penalty. just shoot him up and let him die. so much better than spending millions of dollars in court costs to prosecute him, psychiatric treatments, shelter, and 3 free meals a day.

    1. Michael H. says:

      It’s actually more expensive for the prosecution to aim for a death penalty in a trial.

      What bothers me is that you’re suggesting we shouldn’t even try this man. Everybody deserves a fair trial, even a monster such as this. To do away with the trial by jury process would take away one of the founding principles of this nation.

      1. carol says:

        The founding principles of our nation was put in when this nation was actually a NATION and more or less humane…now it is a freakin zoo and we should thus change some “principles.” What “BOTHERS” me more Michael is that everyone is naive and too nice in our “nation.” What would really make me happy and heal my tears a bit for this family and poor child is to put in a torture penalty for monsters such as this one…if we had that more people would walk in a straighter line and be terrified to even think of doing this…our poor country is beyond ignorant…

      2. just asking says:

        I disagree……why do mosters such as this deserve anything fair????

        You are applying the logic and reason of the judicial system to someone who is a psychopath.

        It doesn’t apply.

        let him be fed to the lions in the zoo…drop him in shark invested waters- just do away with him- public execution would even be nice.

      3. John says:

        You are disgusting. He wasn’t fair to that little boy. 9mm to his head, that is a fair trial.

      4. IgnoranteElephante says:

        You’re right Michael that in the United States everyone deserves a trial because no one is guilty of anything if and until a finding of guilt by a judge, jury, or plea.

        However, statistics saying the death penalty cost more than life are phony and made up by liberals since the 1960s. The lengthy appellate process and automatic appeals are the same as in a life sentence. The only difference is in a death sentence the inmate cannot waive the appeal. Allow him to do so at his choosing and money is saved there. The other made up expenses are for the second part of the bifurcated trial. This part is the jury determination of sentence. Given that they already have found the defendant guilty of murder, this part is a prophylactic mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court. It, too, should be eliminated and the jury should hand down the sentence based on any evidenced heard in the guilt phase. Even still, the additional costs incurred are substantially outweighed by the costs of housing, feeding, educating, and “rehabilitating” the murders. Given the death penalty, where available, is only available for murder convictions, I say murderers because they all are.
        I have never seen any statistic to the contrary about costs. Thus, If I had my way, I would say try him and fry him. If he cut through Jersey to get to Monsey, he would have been committing a crime in interstate commerce. This would give the federal government with their death penalty jurisdiction over the case.

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