Brooklyn Boy's Mom Doesn't Know How He Was Killed

brooklyn bridge near where brooklyn boy was murderedSo far, relatives of Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky have been able to prevent his grieving mother (as well as his ill great-grandmother) from learning the gruesome details of his abduction and murder allegedly at the hands of Levi Aron. That's pretty amazing, especially when you consider that the shocking specifics of the terrible crime have been plastered all over the news.

Of course, there are critics who think Esther Kletzky needs to be told what happened to her son; besides, it's only a matter of time before she will find out anyway given the fact the case is so high profile. But what exactly will this accomplish?


According to reports, Esther's family members are doing "everything [they can] to make sure she doesn't know" the horrific details they believe would only cause her more pain. Obviously, her family is acting in her best interest by trying to protect her; only they know her mental state and can ascertain whether she may be too fragile to handle such upsetting news. It's not for anyone to question whether this is the correct decision.

It may seem that the logical thing for Leiby's mother to do in this case is learn exactly how her son died so she can grieve, accept, and heal. But it's ridiculous to talk about logic, especially with respect to a crime that's so appalling, sad, and, it must be said, illogical. Everyone handles grief in different ways. Who are we to determine the "appropriate" way to move on from such a horrible tragedy?

The problem, of course, is that the awful details of Leiby's death have already been so reported on by the media and so consumed by the public. Esther's family members are convinced the best thing to do is protect her from the truth, but it's almost inevitable that she eventually will discover it.

Is there any time "better" than now for her to find out?


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