The ex-wife of Levi Aron is incredulous that her former husband was arrested today for the kidnapping and murder of an 8-year old Brooklyn boy. The 34-year old Tennessee woman expressed her disbelief in an interview with the New York Post, insisting that Aron was a good, hardworking husband.
Levi Aron and Debbie Kivel were married in 2006 after meeting online. The couple lived in Tennessee with Kivel's two children when they were married.
I am in shock. I am not believing this, Debbie Kivel, 34, told The New York Post. He loved children. He loved kids. My kids are now 13 and 10, but when we were married they were younger - and he loved them.
Aron and Kivel were married for only a year before they split over a clash of character. Kivel claims that everyone loved Levi, he never had a problem with anyone.
Kivel also said that she had spoken to him recently. I just talked to him - he seemed like normal Levi, she said. Everything sounded fine and normal. This is totally out of character.'
Kivel's father Michael, who was also interviewed by the New York Post, disagrees. He was creepy person, he said.I gather he went to the Hebrew School, but wasn't smart enough and dropped out. Mr. Kivel declined to elaborate further.
An unknown commenter to an earlier IBTimes article about the murder of Leibby Kletzky wrote: There is more to this than meets the eye, and added that Levi's ex-wife's family were defendants in a number of criminal cases in Tennessee.
Multiple reports emerged today that Aron had only one mark on his criminal record - a summons for public urination, which may have been issued in Tennessee.
Aron was taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday morning after police apprehended him at his Kensington apartment. Aron made statements implicating himself in Liebby Kletzky's death, and pointed police towards his kitchen when they when they questioned him on the boy's whereabouts.
Police discovered dismembered remains, along with three bloody knives and a cutting board, in Aron's freezer.
A second set of remains were found packed into a red suitcase and tossed into a nearby dumpster.
Leibby Kletzky was given permission for the first time to walk part of the way home from day camp, and was supposed to meet his parents at an agreed-upon meeting place in their Borough Park neighborhood. It seems that the boy lost his way at some point during the walk and approached Aron for directions.
The video shows Leibby conversing with Aron, who was seen leaving a dentist's office. Police later tracked down the dentist at his home in New Jersey, and office records provided enough information to track the suspect down.
Although the video does not show conclusively what happened to the boy after speaking with Aron, investigators have confirmed that the boy did in fact get into Aron's 1990 Honda Accord.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly believes that Aron may not have intended to kill the boy, but there is still no explanation for why Aron took the boy in the first place. He panicked, and that is why he killed the boy. Kelly believes the massive search spooked Aron to take the boy's life.
Levi Aron is a stock clerk at the Empire State Supply Co. hardware store on McDonald Avenue in Kensington. A co-worker told a local Brooklyn news outlet that Aron showed up to work on Tuesday and appeared completely normal.
I can't believe this, he said. He was a strange guy, but he was here yesterday and he was fine after killing this little boy.