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Psych Exam Finds Man Accused of Killing Brooklyn Boy Has Personality Disorder

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Levi Aron, the hardware store clerk charged with murdering an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy, has a personality disorder, according to a psychiatric evaluation. 

The evaluation, which depicted the accused murderer as being "flat" and "apathetic," was first obtained by the Associated Press and later confirmed to WNYC by Aron's attorney

The court-ordered psychiatric evaluation also revealed that Aron had a sister who was institutionalized for schizophrenia.

Aron, 35, was ordered to undergo the evaluation after pleading not guilty to kidnapping and murder, claiming he heard voices. He was later found fit to stand trial.

Bazile told the Associated Press that he was investigating whether Aron's mental disorders were severe enough to win in court with an argument of "not guilty by reason of mental disease or mental defect threshold."

Aron was arrested in July for the kidnapping and killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky. The boy had stopped to ask him directions to a Jewish book store.

According to the Associated Press, psychiatrists reported that since the arrest, Aron has had bad dreams and trouble "'realizing what happened."

He is expected back in court October 14.

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Comments [5]

Tara from NYC

There are many many people diagnosed with mental disorders that do not kidnap and butcher children. His diagnosis explains nothing about why he murdered this child.

Aug. 11 2011 10:49 AM
Mark

So who hired a certified insane guy to work at their hardware store? Every time I go in a hardware store (or any store for that matter) to apply for work they just tell me to get lost...

Aug. 11 2011 01:36 AM

Well, I learned the hard way that HTML markup doesn't work.

Too bad there isn't a way to edit and delete one's own posts.

It would also be nice if it were made clear on the page or in the "Comment Guidelines" what, if any, kind of markup could be used.
(How about 'Markdown'?
http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax )

Aug. 11 2011 12:32 AM

<blockquote>The evaluation, which depicted the accused murder as being "flat" and "apathetic,"</blockquote>

"murder" should obviously be <i>murder<b>er</b></i>

Aug. 11 2011 12:21 AM
SKV from NYC

There should be no such verdict as "not guilty by reason of insanity." It should be "guilty but insane." No matter his mental state, the public still has the right to be safe from his predations.

Aug. 10 2011 09:42 PM

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