Friday, August 12, 2011

Levi Aron:'I don't know what happened... I just panicked': Leiby Kletzky 'murderer' speaks for first time about the night boy was butchered - 12th Aug

The ‘Butcher of Brooklyn’ who has been charged with the killing and dismembering of Leiby Kletzky, 8, says it ‘hurts too much’ to think about the slaughter.

Levi Aron, who has been found fit to stand trial on murder charges referred to the death of the Brooklyn schoolboy as ‘the incident’.

In his first media interview, the 35-year-old told the Daily News: ‘I don’t know what happened, I just panicked.’

When asked if he wanted to apologise, Aron looked away and remained silent. Moments later he nodded his head, but did not say he was sorry.

During the hour-long interview at Rikers Island infirmary, where Aron is being held on 24-hour suicide watch, he never once referred to Leiby by name and repeatedly answered ‘I don’t know’ to questions about what he did – and why.

The interview comes as a leaked court-ordered psychiatric evaluation revealed Aron is confused and apathetic, a 'practically blank' personality whose younger sister died while institutionalized with schizophrenia.

Details in the report from a psychiatrist and psychologist at Kings County Hospital show the suspect is deeply troubled, and has 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. Read More