This is reposted from the website, Protect Jewish Kids with the consent of its owner, Eric Aiken. Others also have permission to do the same. See my comments at the end on why I find it plausible that there is a sex abuse angle. Let’s do what we can to finally find his murderer – Yerachmiel Lopin
Last week I was contacted by Detective Captain John Azzata from the Nassau County homicide department regarding the murder of Chaim Weiss. Chaim was a 15 year-old student at the Torah High School on Long Beach, Long Island. He was brutally bludgeoned to death as he slept in his dorm room bed on Friday night, November 1, 1986.
The murder has never been solved. No one was willing to furnish the police with any useful leads. In a yeshiva with 140 students that ate, studied, prayed and socialized together, not one person admitted to seeing anything, hearing anything or knowing anything about Chaim’s murder or murderer.
When police entered Chaim’s room, his body had been moved, a yahrzeit candle had been lit (on Shabbos) and the window to his room had been opened on a frigid November night. (Opening a window is in accordance with the Orthodox custom for the deceased.)
The case was so profoundly disturbing that it was featured on Unsolved Mysteries and written about by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and numerous other publications.
The Weiss family is still devastated by Chaim’s murder. They still grieve and mourn his loss. They still contact Detective Captain John Azzata every week asking if anyone has shared with him any information.
What happened to Chaim is every parent’s worst nightmare. What makes it even more painful for the Weiss family is knowing that someone has information that could identify Chaim’s murderer and no one will share that with the police.
The Torah commands us “Do not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is shed (Lev. 19:16). It is way past time to end the unimaginable suffering of the Weiss family and Chaim’s aging parents. If you have any information at all about Chaim’s murder, now is the time to call the police.
Perhaps you know someone who was a student or teacher at Torah High School. Maybe you know someone who knows someone who was. Please share this post with as many people as possible.
Any tips can be shared completely anonymously by calling 800-244-TIPS. There is a $25,000 reward available.
You can also contact Detective Captain John Azzata at 516-573-7788.
If you don’t want to contact the police directly, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Aiken is the owner of http://www.protectjewishkids.com.
Additional note by Yerachmiel Lopin- Information from a number of sources makes it clear that the Yeshiva of Long Beach leadership discouraged students and staff from cooperating with the investigating officers. Instead, individuals in the Yeshiva gave police investigators misleading information to throw the blame on non-Jewish outsiders, on strangers with no plausible motive. Some of the information was demonstrably false. All of this adds up to suggest they knew perfectly well that the murderer was someone from within the Yeshiva or other individuals in the community with access to the premises. While it is exceptionally rare for orthodox Jews to murder each other, unfortunately sexual abuse of children is not so rare and it is usually covered up. Thus, covering up sexual abuse, about which there were some allegations at the time about the Yeshiva of Long Beach, may have been been involved in some way.
People who were there at the time, or involved in other ways, know the truth. It is time for that truth to come out. Chaim Weiss’ parents deserve to finally get the small bit of justice and consolation possible for their terrible loss. Chaim’s blood cries from the ground for justice.
If you know anything, please come forward to the investigators and give your conscience a rest from concealing secrets all these years. If you know someone who knows more, urge them to come forward. These secrets are corrosive and must finally be replaced with the truth.
See also: Did a Rebbie Kill Chaim Weiss in 1986?