The detailed confession of the man charged with the murder of an 8-year old Brooklyn boy may not have been entirely truthful, as police have not been able to fully corroborate Levi Aron's account of the kidnapping and murder of Leibby Kletzky, a Hasidic Jewish boy from the Borough Park area of Brooklyn.
Levi Aron made no attempt to deny his involvement with Leibby's death, pointing police in the direction of the boy's remains when they first apprehended him at this Kensington apartment.
Aron's confession indicated that he did not initially intend to kill the boy, claiming that he panicked after realizing the massive scale of the search effort for him. But other claims made in his confession may not be accurate.
In the confession, Aron claims that Leibby initially asked him for a ride to a bookstore, but then had second thoughts.
So I asked if he wanted to go for the ride - (a) wedding in Monsey - since I didn't think I was going to stay for the whole thing since my back was hurting. He said OK, Aron is quoted as saying in the confession transcript.
An NYPD source close to the investigation told an ABC News reporter that police looked into this claim, and that the couple who got married said they did not see the boy there.
The couple reportedly live in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, but held their wedding in Monsey - an Orthodox Jewish hamlet in upstate New York, just over the New Jersey border and a little over an hour's drive from Brooklyn.
Aron also claimed that he suffocated the boy before dismembering his body, but an intial autopsy was unable to conclusively determine the cause of death. Further tests are pending.
According to a Daily News report, there was evidence that the boy was tied with a rope. The same report also said that detectives believe that Leibby more likely was killed on Monday, not Tuesday.
Orthodox Jewish law dictates that a body must be buried as soon as possible after a death; the guideline is within 24 hours.
ABC Eyewitness News reported that police are now investigating Levi Aron's possible ties to other missing children cases, but so far have not found any evidence linking him to other cases.
Doubt has also been cast on statements from Levi Aron's ex-wife, who told the New York Post yesterday that she was shocked to hear the her former husband could have killed a child. I am in shock. I am not believing this, Debbie Kivel said. 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.
ABC reports that Kivel had at one time filed a restraining order against Levi, which Aron went to court to have dismissed. That incriminating detail that either did not come up in the Post interview or was not published. So far, Kivel has been the only person acquainted with Aron to come forward claiming he was normal. She insisted that everyone loved Levi, he never had a problem with anyone.
That does not appear to be entirely accurate. Kevil's father said that Aron was a creepy person, and a coworker said he was a strange guy.
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.
Levi Aron has been charged with second-degree murder.
Leibby Kletzky was given permission from his parents for the very first time to walk part of the way home from Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street and 12th Avenue in Borough Park. Leibby and his parents had practiced the route the day before, and had a prearranged meeting point a short distance from the camp.
At some point during the walk, Leibby went off course, and may have asked Levi Aron for directions. Surveillance 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 that they were able to ocate Aron at his Kensington apartment - which is about a mile from the home of Leibby's parents and three sisters.
The Borough Park area of Brooklyn has a strong Hasidic Jewish population. Instances of violence and murder within Hasidic communities are extremely rare.
This is a no-crime area, State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whose district includes the area, told the Associated Press.