[Video below.] The unsolved killing of a 15-year-old Chaim Weiss found bludgeoned to death in his dormitory at Mesivta of Long Beach in 1986 is receiving renewed attention from homicide detectives.
“There’s somebody out there that knows a secret,” said Lt. John Azzata, commander of the Nassau County Police homicide squad. “I’m looking for that person to give me that secret.”
Flanked by Chaim’s father, county officials announced today that they were increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer from $5,000 to $25,000. The announcement came at a press conference intended to spark renewed interest in the case, Azzata said, adding that police have already begun to receive telephone tips.
Interest in the case has faded in the more than quarter century since. NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” featured it in the early 1990s and articles about the killing have appeared in various publications, but police have yet to unravel the mystery.
The Nov. 1, 1986, killing shocked the frum community and, from the beginning, police have acknowledged having no suspects. There were no signs that anyone broke into the dormitory room.
It was later revealed that the body had been moved to the floor from the bed, where Chaim was believed to have been killed with a sharp, blunt object. Also, a window in the dormitory room was left open despite late autumn temperatures that hovered in the low 40s.
Today, chief of detectives Rick Capece addressed the Jewish community
Anton Weiss, Chaim’s father, spoke briefly at today’s news conference but declined to answer any reporter questions, citing a desire to protect his family’s privacy.
He noted his son’s classmates would be in their early 40s by now. “His classmates by now are married, are parents on their own and understand what it means to be a parent,” Weiss said. “I am appealing to you and urging you in the strongest way, if you have any information that you feel the police might need in this murder investigation, I ask you, I urge you, to please contact the police department.”
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(Source: Huff Post/Matzav.com Newscenter}