MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Who would kill a rabbinical student in his bed, in cold blood – and why?
The mystery has haunted police detectives in Nassau County for more than a quarter century, and on Tuesday night, a new effort was launched to find the killer, CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
The victim’s family also launched an appeal to now-grown Long Beach classmates to come forward.
Chaim Weiss was found murdered on Nov. 1, 1986. Police said the 15-year-old was stabbed to death in his sleep at the Mesivta of Long Beach.
No weapon was ever recovered, but authorities believe the killer may have used a hatchet, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
Authorities said at the time there were no signs of forced entry into the building, robbery or sexual assault.
The dorm was filled with students, and nobody reported hearing a struggle. A memorial candle was lit in the bedroom and a window was found open on that cold November morning, suggesting that someone familiar with Jewish tradition may have been responsible.