Levi Aron’s Handwritten Confession Made Public As He Pleads Not Guilty In Leiby Kletzky Murder Case

Aron’s Defense Attorneys Say He’s Been Found Competent To Stand Trial

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Levi Aron, charged with first-degree murder, pleaded not guilty Thursday in the killing of young Leiby Kletzky.

Aron was led into a courtroom at the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn for his arraignment wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, with his hands and legs cuffed. He kept his head down as the judge discussed the murder charges against him.

EXTRA: Levi Aron Disclosure (pdf)

The not guilty plea was entered by his attorneys.

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For the first time, Aron’s handwritten confession became part of the public record and provided some insight into the mindset of the accused man, CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman reported.  In that confession, Aron repeatedly writes about feeling afraid and panicking about the situation.

“I brought him to my house, thinking I’d bring him to his house the next day.  We watched TV, then fell asleep in the front room.  I went to the middle room to sleep that next morning he was still sleeping when I was ready to leave.  

So I woke him and told him, I’ll bring him to his house when I get back. Afterward towards the end of the day when I saw the flyers, I panicked and was afraid.  

When I got home he was still there.  So I made him a tuna sandwich.  I was still in panic from the fliers and affair to bring him home.”

Aron then went on to give grisly details of the alleged murder of the young boy, giving gruesome details of the heinous act.

“That is when approximately I went for a towel to smother him — in the side room.  He fought back a little bit until eventually he stopped breathing.  Afterwards I panicked because I didn’t know what to do with the body.

I placed the parts in freezer, then showered.  I panicked and looked for something to transport the parts.

I understand this maybe wrong and I’m sorry for hurt that I’ve caused.”

Prosecutors said Aron kidnapped Kletzky from his neighborhood in Borough Park and gave him a toxic mix of prescription and over-the-counter drugs before smothering him. Aron then allegedly butchered the 8-year-old’s body, hiding part of it in his freezer.

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Psychiatrists determined that Aron is mentally competent to stand trial and that he understands the charges against him, but his defense team said it may still go with an insanity plea.

“There will be evaluations by our psychiatric experts to determine whether a psychiatric defense is viable and whether or not we have evidence to present it at trial,” Aron’s defense attorney, Jennifer McCann, said outside the courtroom Thursday.

Aron had been undergoing psychiatric evaluations at Bellevue Hospital since his arrest. Aron’s lawyers said he was “hearing voices” and needed to listen to music to drown them out.

Inside the packed courtroom Thursday, there were concerned faces and anxious stares from those who knew Kletzky.

Leiby’s family wasn’t in court, but Assemblyman Dov Hikind said he promised the Kletzkys he would be there Thursday for Aron’s arraignment.

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“I want to see his face,” Hikind said outside the courtroom. “I want to see what a murderer like this looks like.”

Those in the Borough Park community are stunned that defense attorneys are even considering an insanity plea, but they still believe justice will be done.

“I don’t think he was insane,” said Borough Park resident Yitzi Katz. “He had a normal family. He led a normal life.”

“The focus is not revenge,” Mayer Schwartz told CBS 2’s Lou Young. “The focus is about why did it happen, the story? Why did God let it happen?”

Investigators pulled dozens of bags of evidence out of Aron’s home in Kensington, Brooklyn. Some of the bags, CBS 2 learned, contained children’s clothing, a child’s pillow, spoon and cup.

Prosecutors have so far refused to discuss the possibility that Aron may be involved in other cases involving children. Some answers may be forthcoming, if prosecutors  file more charges.

“Every individual arrested, charged with a crime in the United States, is entitled to a defense regardless of how heinous the crime they’re alleged of committing may be,” said defense attorney Pierre Bazile.

Aron’s court case could take at least a year, his lawyers have said.  In a statement, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said there will be a trial and that he will not accept a plea deal.

Meanwhile, the Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund, which the family created to raise money for other needy families, has collected more than $260,000 in donations, according to its website. It has a goal of raising $1 million.

Do you think Levi Aron is guilty? If convicted, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • M

    A 9 year old boy knows his address and phone number. Could not he ask the boy where he lives or call your parents to tell them you are here? If he had to go to the wedding, he could have told his parents, who apparently lived downstairs, to take care of the boys until his parents get there to pick him up. Just a phone call to his parents would have done the magic. There is seriously more to this. No one would just kill the boy since the flyers were out. There must be more to this whole thing which only his cunning brain knows all. The police must find the truth. Tortue him but keep him alive until he tells the truth just like he tortured the little boy for his untimely death.

  • Jeanie

    Again, this is not about race or religion. It’s about an eight-year-old boy who died a horrifying death at the hands of a monster. A monster who deserved to die and spend eternity in the deepest, hottest pit of Hell.


    TO IgnoranteElephante,

    You must be a wonderful parent to teach your young child to hate. Hitler would be proud of you.

    • emmas

      You Sigmund Fruit as as sick as this murderer. You just posted your comment to challenge people and create controversy. Shame on you for not respecting this inocent soul memory. YOU ARE A WASTE OF SPACE.
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  • IgnoranteElephante

    What are you rambling about? Frankly, I think you have the lowest I.Q. of all of the posters here in that your comment does little but insult people without saying exactly why. No one comment does anything to affect the mourning of a child. You make claims about plant-like I.Q.s and rat holes and compare those who post comments to which you disagree with a child murderer without ever justifying such a comparison. That’s unfounded and borderline libelous.

    What punishment does a murderer deserve? If your answer is death, then why lambast the comments “previous to” you where posters call for this guy’s death? It seems you are just posting to see yourself post some feel good comment that packs no substance and only insults. TO add insult to injury, you incorrectly use terms like “whence” (it refers to time not place) and apparently spell “basic” b-a-s-e-r all which further prove that it is you whose I.Q. may be in the cellar.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      The above is directed at “EveryMan”


        iggy..its that moron nathan…him and baldy..2 morons in a room..double gassing..now i would pay good money for their permanent vacations from this good earth…

  • Scott

    If an individual is hellbent on doing evil and mayhem to others, they will do it.
    Look at what Anders Behring Breivik did in Oslo, would the threat of the death penalty deter that? And New York State will never execute anyone, even though the death penalty has been on the books since 1990, we’re far too liberal a state to execute anyone. Life without the possibility of parole, that’s as far as you will get.

  • cjpii

    I’m new to your forum so all welcome. I hope that we will be well discussed.

  • Enough

    Why does the defense attorney still mentions he is “hearing voices” of course he is “hearing voices” the voices of evil, coming to get him scratching his cell door. That is what he hears.

    Enough is enough, this guy is a waste of space for all of us. Plants could use the oxigen he is breathing better than him. At least plants help the environment he killed an inocent child.

  • EveryMan

    There are some comments posted, previous to mine, which reveal the plant-like IQ levels of their writers. Why don’t you low-lives crawl back into your rat-holes from whence you came. And leave the rest of us to mourn the death of an innocent child who perished at the hands of a psycho who deserves the same punishment that any murderer receives in this country. Your comments reveal your baser instincts, which are similar to those of the accuseed murderer. If you have nothing intelligent to say tell it your zookeeper.

  • Ray Kelly

    I say we take this monster and all of his coconspirators and seclude them in a camp like setting. Then, we strip them naked, under the guise of preparing them for a shower, and systematically escort them into what we’ll claim to be a shower. In reality, it will be a gas chamber. We will use something like, say Zyklon-B to exterminate them. We will then burn the bodies in the crematoria, and go look for other coconspirators.

  • C. Joseph

    My heart goes out to Leiby Kletzky’s family on the loss of their child. Firstly I’m not an American. Where I come from, it’s normally death by hanging for murder and drug-trafficking. The system has worked and justice has prevailed in many cases to keep hardcore criminals off the street and in this case, from innocent young victims. It’s capital punishment for this gruesome murder especially if it’s not his first crime.

  • Moon Him

    Ship him back to the Gulags of Russia, where he came from. Send him to the Baikonur Cosmodrome so they can re-habilitate him into a Cosmonaut, then ship him off to the Moon. Good riddance and saves us a bundle of tax dollars. He doesn’t deserve to be on Earth anymore.

  • Kute

    he needs alot more than help….he needs a chair with some electricity to go along with it.

  • Victoria

    Levi Aron should be slowly tortured, allowed to heal and tortured again….over and over again and then release him to the community and the parents of his victim. But make sure he has a gimp leg and cant run. Quick death is too good for this SOB oh and you know what….RELEASE SIGMUND FRUIT WITH HIM!!!

  • VokMan Rishad

    This dude should just be taken out back and shot. Period.

  • HooDatIS?



    but wait..lets pet and pitty the balded headed monkey murderer, i guess his mommy didnt hold or kiss or luv the little demon enough…off to the gas chamber..ill be one of many who will bull the switch, for free…

    • what you talking bout willis

      How do you bull the switch.And what is this gas chamber you speak of?And what monkey did he murder? Your comment are a little strange I think you need the crazy house as much as he does.


        just a spelling error, you canned laughter..monkey murder, hes an animal..what else can you not fathom..jr high?..its that gas chamber where animals like him are zyclonned b… crazy i am not..nor quite stupid as you..keep your mouth shut willie willis teen jerk …

      • Shlomo Farkas

        You know the gas chambers supposedly used to gas millions of Jews. Does Zyklon B ring a bell?




      Let bygones be bygones, eh?

    • To Sigmund Rotten Fruit

      You Sigmund Fruit as as sick as this murderer. You just posted your comment to challenge people and create controversy. Shame on you for not respecting this inocent soul memory. YOU ARE A WASTE OF SPACE.

    • Mike

      You would not be saying this if it was your son he killed……………… If he gets out it could very well be your child or grandchild.

      • IgnoranteElephante

        No annoyed. You’re the narrow minded one. My open mind has led me to this conclusion that Jews cannot be trusted. Aside from the economic persecution, they are a violent bunch, and I’m not even talking about Palestine. I’m talking about right here at home. The last two shocking murders in this state were perpetrated by Semites, even though the media never mentions it.
        You have Levi Aron here, and then you have David Laffer from the Medford pharmacy massacre. Let’s not forget Maxsim Gloom and Period Latner from Arizona. Looks like we have a crime wave here. Will the Shomrim step in and save the day? Not likely.

      • Annoyed at these comments

        This is directed to IgnoranteElephante… It could have happened in any other neighborhood, with any child of any race or origin… Just like the perpetrator could have been Oriental, Black, or Hindu…. This comment about not trusting Jews is small, and wothy only of someonw who is a narrow-minded bigot.

      • larry

        MY 9 year old would never of been walking home by himself so no it would not of been my son

      • IgnoranteElephante

        No. It wouldn’t be my children. From a very early age, I teach them not to trust Jews.

    • Reuven Kerner

      i agree

    • Moe

      With all due respect GO F!@# YOURSELF!!!!!!!

      • larry

        Yes the man needs help and maybe we can figure out what makes people do this. hey moe where is curly

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