The convicted killer of Leiby Kletzky says he hopes his own brother’s mystery death is not related to the 8-year-old Hasidic boy’s 2011 slaying.
“I hope not,” Levi Aron, 40, told the New York Post in an interview at the Sullivan County prison.
The corpse of Tzvi Aron, 29, was found Friday wrapped in a blanket in the same Brooklyn home where Levi Aron stashed young Leiby’s body was found in 2011.
Levi Aron confirmed that he and the family had received threats and admitted that some might see the slaying as part of the eye-for-an-eye edit.
“Yes, that’s in the Bible,” Levi told the paper, adding that he didn’t know if that could be a motive for his brother’s death.
It’s not clear whether Tzvi Aron was murdered. Although his body was found wrapped in a blanket and with duct tape, there were no obvious signs of trauma and substance abuse might have been a factor, police said.
Levi Aron said he has little to say about his heinous crime. He abducted Leiby off a Boro Park street on his way home from summer camp and dismembered the child’s body.
“I do feel sorry for what I’ve done,” he said.
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Leiby Kletzky Killer Says He ‘Hopes’ Brother’s Death Not Related To Infamous Slaying