Levi Aron Participated in Prayers For Leiby Kletzky; Williamsburg Bridge Acrobats Defend High-Flying Felony


New details continue to emerge about Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man who confessed to killing and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky this past week. Police sources said that Aron’s family claims the 35-year-old was in a car accident at age 10 which impaired him mentally. Co-workers at the hardware store where he worked said that Aron took part in prayers that Leiby would be found on Tuesday, a day after the boy went missing. He even corrected someone’s mispronunciation of Leiby’s name. A grand jury began hearing evidence against Aron yesterday. The Post talked to an ex-wife of Aron’s, Diana Diunov, who said that Aron is a “cold sociopath” who is sane and knows right from wrong. Meanwhile, Leiby’s family is in the process of sitting shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual that lasts for seven days. [PIX 11, NYT, NYP]

Seanna Sharpe and Thomas (Savage) Skinner, the aerialist and magician who pulled off a performance 300 feet in the air over the Williamsburg Bridge, have pointed to the case of Philippe Petit, the French tightrope walker who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974 as evidence of why they shouldn’t be punished. Petit was arrested and charged, but the charges were dropped when he offered to give free juggling classes. Sharpe and Skinner have been charged with felony reckless endangerment and face seven years in prison if convicted. It does seem steep for something that was probably really fucking cool to watch. [NYDN]

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is now $1 million in debt. [Daily Intel]

“Would Vegans Eat Jello Derived From Humans?” I certainly hope not. [The Atlantic]

Here’s an interesting post about the language of Harry Potter. Who knew that Snape is a ship-building term meaning “to bevel the end of (a timber or plank) so that it will fit accurately upon an inclined surface”? [Kottke via Wordnik]

Netflix’s stock had a “volatile” week after the company broke the news that fees were going up. [Hollywood Reporter]

Try the Black Magic, a Harry Potter-inspired cocktail. It contains no ingredients that you own. [The Daily Beast]