The Murder of Chaim Weiss -Hoping to Help Solve

Chaim Weiss

The murder of Chaim Weiss – is there a child sexual abuse angle?

by: Eric Aiken, May 25, 2016

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

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Nassau County, NY – Police Now Believe Faculty Member Or Student Responsible For 1986 Murder Of Yeshiva Student

Nassau County, NY  – It’s been nearly three decades since 15-year-old yeshiva student Chaim Weiss was bludgeoned to death with a “hatchet-like weapon” in his Yeshiva of Long Beach dormitory on Long Island.

Law enforcement authorities reopened the cold case three years ago and interviewed 100 former students, but still came up empty as to who was responsible for the heinous and cold blooded murder that took place on Halloween night 29 years ago.

“It’s one that has really stuck with me,” retired Detective Robert Edwards told the Daily News ( “He was sleeping in his room, a place that is supposed to be safe.” Edwards said some 140 students were initially interviewed when the crime was first committed, but they all “lawyered up” and claimed they didn’t know what happened. “We got nothing,” Edwards recalled.

Yeshiva administrators went to check on Weiss after he did not attend Sabbath morning prayers on November 1, 1986, and discovered his body. His skull was crushed from the blunt force trauma he had sustained to the head. The murder weapon was never recovered.

Weiss’ Staten Island-based parents are still distraught by the loss of their son and are hoping for answers. His father, Anton, visits Chaim’s grave every year before the anniversary of his murder. He also routinely meets with the Nassau County police captain who is assigned to the case.

Police have said there were several strange things about the way the body was discovered. His body had been moved to the floor, a window had been opened in the room, and a memorial candle was placed in the room – all rituals in accordance with Jewish tradition. Weiss was one of only two students who didn’t have a roommate, and there was no sign of a struggle or anything missing from the room.

Investigators have ruled out initial suspects, including a mentally ill man, Halloween pranksters, and a janitor. The police now believe the murder was committed by a fellow student or a faculty member.

“How could this happen and nobody hear or say anything? Somebody’s got a secret,” said Nassau County Police Capt. John Azzata.

Azzata said police still plan to interview another 100 former students again, in the hopes that maturity may have changed their minds about speaking up. “People are aware of what transpired back then and you’d hope with maturity they’d come forward now,” Azzata said. “That hasn’t happened yet.”

NOVEMBER 01, 2015


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16 thoughts on “The Murder of Chaim Weiss -Hoping to Help Solve

  1. I think there was a pedophile rabbi or teacher working in that Yeshiva back 30 years ago who might have left the county to go to a different state or out of the country .
    Everybody knew he was a pedo and suspected he was the murderer , but did not mention it to the Police . They should have .
    If they did , the Police would have questioned him and would have found out .
    Now, the PD might knows he is the one who did it . But why wait 30 years ?
    Why let the murderer free for 30 years ? He is too old now . They let him enjoy 30 years of freedom when he was still young. Going to jail at 70 years old is not fair .

    The moral of the story , your children are not safe in a Yeshiva .
    Nobody wants their children dead at 16 years old . Those frum parents are crazy , and stuck in their frum condition .What a mistake !

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  2. Rabbis , Yeshiva staff members and students might have known or strongly suspected who was the murderer , but it covered up . They did not say anything to the Police or to the Detectives in charge of the case .
    The NCPD neglected the investigation . They did not bother to find out the murderer .
    That was anti Semitism .

  3. I think back 30 years ago, the Police Dept and especially the Detective Unit did not want to bother with the case . They let it go .
    If they would have investigated deeper and longer, they would have found the murderer . But they didn’t .
    Here in Nassau County , the Police solve murder cases pretty fast and they are very efficient .
    But they did not want to bother with the Five Town Yeshiva murder .

    You should hear the goyim speak about the Five Towns , as if it was an area that belonged to a different world , not in their beloved Nassau County .

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that that murder was not solved .
    Nassau County is # 1 anti semitic county in the whole United States .

  4. That murder case puzzled me for 30 years . Nothing was done from the Police Dept for 30 years .
    I don’t know how they will solve it now .
    The window open in the murdered boy’s room to let the soul leave is enough evidence some frum was there in the room and opened the window , but whoever was there did not report the dead young boy to the Police .

    If they know who did it , why did it take 3 decades to get an arrest ?

  5. Wow. I remember this case from all those years ago. It seemed so obvious there was a cover-up then. Very glad to see it is still being pursued.

  6. You do all realize that Shlomo Rechnitz was a close friend and classmate at that yeshiva, don’t you? Just saying…who would want to squeal on someone that powerful?

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