A man believed to be the brother of a Brooklyn man serving decades in prison for kidnapping, killing and dismembering a young boy in 2011 was found dead on Friday.
The man’s body was found wrapped in a blanket on East 2nd Street in Kensington Heights. Police have not released his name, but he is believed to be a brother of Levi Aron, sources say.
Investigators were at the scene where the body was found Friday afternoon. Crime scene tape blocked off a home on East 2nd Street.
Levi Aron admitted to kidnapping, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn in 2011. He eventually struck a deal to serve 40 years to life in prison.
After Judge Firetog asked Aron if had anything to say about killing Lieby Kletzky, he responded with just one word: “No.”
Aron admitted killing the child after the boy asked him for directions, and pleaded guilty in August 2012.
Leiby got lost on his way to day camp last July, the first time he had been allowed to walk alone. It was the first time he was allowed to walk alone, and he was supposed to travel about seven blocks to meet his mother but missed his turn.
Aron took the boy upstate to Monsey, N.Y., where he attended a wedding before bringing Leiby to his apartment. When he noticed fliers with the boy’s photo, he says he panicked, suffocated the boy and dismembered him.
Just about 33 hours later, detectives found the boy’s severed feet, wrapped in plastic, in Aron’s freezer. A cutting board and three bloody carving knives were found in the refrigerator.
The rest of the boy’s body was discovered in bags inside a red suitcase in a trash bin about a mile from Aron’s apartment. His legs had been cut from his torso.
The medical examiner’s office said Leiby had been drugged then suffocated.
Aron, a hardware store clerk, pleaded to lesser charges in a deal that spared him a criminal trial and the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Leiby was Hasidic, an ultra-Orthodox version of Judaism, and the killing shook the tight-knit community in Borough Park, a safe and somewhat insular neighborhood and home to one of the world’s largest communities of Orthodox Jews outside Israel. Aron, who lived nearby, was Orthodox but not Hasidic.
A psychiatric evaluation obtained by The Associated Press said Aron was confused and apathetic, a “practically blank” personality whose younger sister died while institutionalized with schizophrenia.
The court-ordered evaluation of Aron found him fit to stand trial on murder charges in the death of Kletzky. Details in the report from a psychiatrist and psychologist at Kings County Hospital showed he was deeply troubled, and had given authorities conflicting accounts of his life and his mental and physical history.
A psychologist diagnosed him with an adjustment disorder and a personality disorder with schizoid features.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by disintegration of thought processes and diminished emotional responsiveness. A person is more likely to have it if a close family member, such as his sister who died, has it.