Why Did Levi Aron Murder Leiby Kletzky?

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Levi Aron. Photo: Gary Miller/Splash News

The shock over the gruesome death of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky has given way to confusion over the motive of Levi Aron, his confessed killer. Why did he do it? Why would he butcher a lost child who asked him for directions? An AP story today contains four competing theories:

1. Aron has serious mental problems:

"He has indicated to me that he hears voices and has had some hallucinations," said the attorney, Pierre Bazile.

2. Aron is a pedophile:

Aron has denied molesting the boy, but [NYPD Commissioner Ray] Kelly said police still consider that a possibility.

3. Kletzky's death was the will of God:

At the Kletzky household, his family also looked for answers, too.

"Why?" asked Shmuel Eckstein, a close family friend, as the boy's parents and five sisters sat and prayed. "We don't have that ... What we know is that through Leiby's death, God is sending us a huge signal — that we're doing something terribly wrong. And we're looking for what it is."

4. There is no explanation:

Officials said the killing stands out because there's no clear motive.

"It defies all logic and I think that's what's been so terribly disturbing about this case," Commissioner Kelly said. "There's absolutely no reason. There's nothing more innocent than an 8-year-old child and to be killed in this matter is just heart breaking."

NYC man held in boy's slaying says he hears voices [AP]