The charred body of a Brooklyn businessman whose abduction was captured on video was found “in a dumpster along a commercial stretch of Cutter Mill Road in Great Neck, Long Island,” as reported by the New York Daily News on Saturday.
Jordan Kutzik of the Jewish Daily Forward reported that “hundreds of Hasidic Jews” attended Menachem Stark’s funeral on Saturday evening. Speakers at his funeral described Menachem as “a generous figure who was always quick to help the less fortunate in the Satmar Hasidic community.”
The NY Daily News described the Thursday night abduction, saying that he was leaving his office shortly before midnight “when two men grabbed him, bound him with duct tape and tossed him into a light-colored Dodge Caravan.”
Menachem Stark left behind a wife and eight children.
Evidently, the victim had his share of enemies, a fact that the New York Post made abundantly clear. In fact, the title of the NY Post article was “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” They portrayed the murder victim as a “slumlord” and wrote that Stark had “so many enemies that investigators say they almost don’t know where to start looking.”
Erin Fuchs of the Business Insider made the offensive New York Post article the focal point of her article, and a Facebook Page condemning the NY Post has attracted over 4,300 “likes” at the time of this writing.
The smearing of the victim left many justifiably outraged.
I am deeply disturbed by the cover of the ny post, “who didn’t want him dead”. How about this young boy?! pic.twitter.com/BZkdy3MrEe
— Yaacov Behrman (@ChabadLubavitch) January 5, 2014
What would motivate the authors to write their story in such a biased way? This author does not know Mr. Menachem or his loved ones, but one cannot imagine their suffering at this time. For the New York Post to present such a one-sided view of Menachem Stark in light of this tragedy is irresponsible and slanderous. How dare these “journalists” paint such a picture of a father and husband who was brutally murdered?
It is this author’s genuine hope that the monsters who did this are quickly found and brought to justice. In the meantime, the New York Post should apologize profusely to the family of the victim for causing them further anguish at this terrible time.
Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.