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July 18, 2011


little leiby kletzky

by Andrea O'Connell

I almost didn’t make it to my computer tonight!  Came home from work and proceeded to fall asleep on the couch until 9:00 tonight!

I don’t have too much to discuss, since the night is nearly over!

Also, I’m a bit down tonight, too.  I applied to be a Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization in my area.  But learned today that they have more Big Sisters than they have kids.  I was really, really looking forward to it.

After the Casey Anthony verdict, I resolved to get involved in the community and give back to kids in need.

I’m so disappointed.  There will come a time when they need Big Sisters again.  In the meantime, they need volunteers in other areas, so I’ll do that until there are more kids in the program.

I read an article today about Leiby Kletzky, a little 8 year old in Brooklyn New York, who was taken off the street, murdered and dismembered by a sick monster who pretended he was helping the young boy, who’d lost his way, to turn in the direction of his home.

It is incredibly sad.  Little Leiby Kletzky, had convinced  his parents that he was big enough to walk home from day camp by himself.  He desperately wanted his independence.  He finally convinced his parents to allow it.  They held dry runs, to make sure young Leiby could find his way home those seven blocks.

The big day came, and the loving mother waited patiently and waited and waited and waited for Leiby.  He never made it home.  Even after all the rehearsals, little Leiby Kletzy got confused and was lost.  And then, he happened upon a 35 year old, Levi Aron who appeared to be so helpful.

I am going to pass over the details, but I will tell you that Levi Aron suffocated the boy, dismembered him and placed him in his refrigerator.

This is the part that confuses me: This despicable monster is charged with 2nd degree murder.  SECOND degree?!  I don’t understand how Casey Anthony could be charged with 1st Degree Murder, but this crime is 2nd degree?

Is this fair?

I must be missing something.

In her article, “Mourning a Loss, Blaming the Bereaved” author Susan Doherty writes:

…comments on a New York Times article about the tragedy threatened to devolve into blamefest. What were the parents thinking to let such a small child out alone on the city streets? On the other hand, parents who hover over their children in a vain attempt to protect them from any possible danger are crippling them for life. And so on.

In addition to hoping the bereaved parents don’t read this nonsense (or hear the same sentiments from “concerned” friends and neighbors), I have been thinking about why we feel compelled to do this to each other–to kick our fellow parents when they are most vulnerable; to assume — and announce — that the way we would (or believe we would) respond to a challenge is the only legitimate way, and those who behave differently need to be sorted out.

For one thing, there is what psychologists call the “belief in a just world.” We look for reasons, however irrelevant, why unfortunate people deserve their misfortune, and why we would never be caught in the same predicament. This helps us feel safer in unpredictable and frightening situations, such as parenthood.

The “belief in a just world,” I think, is a syndrome that is very relevant and prevalent in so many tragic situations.  In the Casey Anthony case, we all held opinions and never hesitated to prognosticate about Cindy and George Anthony and how they should have behaved, or reacted these last few years.

I know it’s not fair to judge someones shoes unless I’ve walked in them… It’s really unfair for so many reasons.

There by the grace of God go I.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 19 2011

    But for the grace of God go I, also.

    I think there were alot of legitimate kvetching about the Anthonys, Casey included, and their behavior. But, Lieby’s mom and dad should not be shamed for letting their little guy walk home seven blocks. This was a Jewish neighborhood that they knew well. Or so they thought-but hindsight, and all that…(FWIW, I first thought this was an anti-semetic crime since there’s a spike now in this awful hate crime in the U.S. I was taken aback to find out it was another Jewish man. I wanted to yank his yamaka off his head! He should not be wearing it! It is a reminder that God is with the man who speaks of Him. God is not with this creep!).

    These parents will always kick themselves for the horrible murder of their son. The Anthonys will do the same concerning Caylee.But they won’t be sorry for their lying to pervert justice because they will be convinced its what Caylee would have wanted so her mommy wouldn’t be in trouble. JMO.

    • Hilde
      Jul 19 2011

      Sherry, I have a really funny Feeling about George and Cindy Anthony and I hope I am wrong.
      I feel Both George and Cindy are all in with Casey and Baez and been playing a Game. They both knew what the Defense was going to do with George and went along with it to free their Daughter.
      Also I believe the family is not divided, they All eventually will profit from
      Caylee’s Death as a family. Time will tell and like I said I hope I am wrong but really I don’t think so.
      They All will enjoy the Benefits Casey’s so called Celebrity Status will bring and it won’t matter that it is Blood Money from their own Grand Child /Child they will enjoy. Very sad indeed.

    • Jul 20 2011

      Hi Sherry,
      It is so unfair that these things happen in our world. Animals don’t do this to their own. The poor little guy – it just eats me up inside to think of what he went through, and what his parents are going thru now. I would like to snatch his yamaka right off his head, too. he doesn’t deserve to wear it.

      I agree….I think the Anthony’s feel justified in their lying. I think it’s odd that the Anthony’s were not really vilified as badly as I thought they’d be during the trial. Their deceit actually helped Casey, strangely, rather than hurt her…. And also, what the heck is going on with the Anthony’s? Another non-profit they’re working on? Oh boy! Well, if they can do some good in the world, why not…. that’s a big “if” though….

  2. Hilde
    Jul 19 2011

    Maybe our great Justice System needs an Overhaul?
    Like Baez would say “Something is wrong here!”
    I do have to say at least this Murderer won’t get off, there is no doubt enough Evidence.
    Also just a Thought, maybe the 2nd degree Murder is applied to assure this Murderer won’t go free by reason of Insanity. I guess it is easier to convict with the lesser Charge. Does it make Sense, not to me.
    I would say one way or another this Man will spend the Rest of his Life in Prison, where he might end up getting killed, Prisoners don’t look kindly on Child Murderers. JMO
    As for Casey Anthony been charged with 1st Degree, I believe that was the right Charge but in her Case there were more Options to charge her with besides 1st Degree Murder.

  3. Jul 19 2011

    My heart goes out to little Leiby’s parents. I cannot even imagine the nightmare they are living right now.

    As to the charge of 2nd Degree Murder rather than 1st …Maybe because it wasn’t “premeditated” but was done in a panic, as the monster claims? Don’t get me wrong; murder is murder in my mind when it comes to the murder of a child. And of course, there comes that point in the thought process of the murderer where he DECIDES that he is going to kill. Like when he woke up the next morning to find that everybody is looking for Leiby. The guy must have thought to himself ‘OMG, what should I do, what should I do?…Oh, I know; I’ll kill him.’ And right then, it DOES become premeditated, right?

    I think Casey was charged with 1st Degree because the State had evidence that they believed showed premeditation. Just my thoughts.

    • Jul 20 2011

      Hi Kitt…. I know! Those poor parents! how do they ever get over something like this??? It will take a lot of love and even more time, I’d imagine. I think, yes, it does become premeditated. And I think he’s been charged with Felony murder – that’s life in prison as I don’t believe NY has the DP. You are right, about Casey. The state felt the computer searches spoke to premeditation. She had been thinking of her plan for a while…. and the high levels of chloroform in her trunk – I can’t blame them for wanting to go for the DP….. For a long time, I actually thought KC would get the DP too. It drove me nuts to think about it, but look how wrong I was! hugs, Kitt…. Hope you had a good day at work… my day was intense – too much work this week…. I’m falling asleep as I sit here!

  4. whistlersmother
    Jul 19 2011

    I agree with Sherry-something aint right with what is going on with Casey and her parents. They are up to something! I don’t believe that the dynamics that they have in that family that anyone could walk away! they need each other to perpetuate their relationships-it is really sick. The normal family would split up after throwing each other under the bus-not this one.
    I am starting to feel like the Casey Jurors-WTH? 2nd degree murder-what does that mean? that he did not plan it? that he kept the kid over night and then killed him because he panicked? That is a bunch of Bull. The guy was a perve that did who knows what to him for the day and then killed him. He planned way in advance that he was going to kill him-to me that is 1st degree murder!

    • Jul 20 2011

      Hey hey hey Whistler’s! So good to see you. I agree with our pal Sherry, too. Something is amiss – and that stupid stunt by Todd Macalouso! How horrible that was! Unless, it was KC and they are trying to knock folks off the trail….
      I’m pretty sure that the animal in Brooklyn is getting charged with felony murder…. but they are also looking at insanity for him, which i doubt they will get to plead that, the man had forethought and planning in this – that throws the insanity defense pretty much out of the window, I believe.


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