Levi Aron 'Panicked' and Killed Boy, But Was 'Completely Normal' at Work

  @EllenKilloran on July 13 2011 2:14 PM

Clues are emerging that provide a glimpse into the mind of Levi Aron, the prime suspect in the horrifying murder of an 8-year old Brooklyn boy who went missing on his way home from summer camp on Monday.

A massive search for Leiby Kletzky led police to the Kensington, Brooklyn, apartment of Levi Aron, where he reportedly implicated himself in the murder of the Hasidic boy, and allegedly gestured toward the kitchen when asked about the whereabouts of the boy. A portion of Kletzky's dismembered remains were found in Aron's refrigerator, and the rest were found inside a red suitcase that had been tossed into a nearby dumpster.

Aron, who turned 35 this week, was shirtless when police arrived at his apartment in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They found blood on the refrigerator door handle, and three bloodied knives next to a cutting board.

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. Surveillance video shows Leiby asking Aron for directions after he got lost on his way to meet his parents -- the first time they agreed to let him walk home alone.

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 Kelly said that the massive search launched to find Leiby spooked Aron into doing the unthinkable: He panicked, and that is why he killed the boy. It is believed that Leiby was suffocated before Aron cut up his body.

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.

Aron lives alone in his apartment, but his parents live in the same building -- which is around the corner from a Brooklyn public school. There is no indication that Aron previously knew Leiby or any of the Kletzky family, who live less than a mile away.

Leiby was a Hasidic Jew and Aron is also Jewish, but it is not yet clear if he is Orthodox or Hasidic. The Borough Park area of Brooklyn has a strong Hasidic Jewish population. Orthodox and Hasidic Jews tend to live in concentrated communities, where violence and crime are extremely rare.

Levi Aron's Facebook page is still active. He has 229 friends; there are far more women than men on his friend list.

At this point, there is no indication that Aron sexually abused Kletzky.

International Business Times has contacted some of Aron's Facebook friends for further comment and will be continuously updating this story.

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