Why Did Levi Aron Murder Leiby Kletzky?

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Suspect Levi Aron (man in black cap) was removed to Brooklyn Central Booking fornd Pictures
Suspect Levi Aron (man in black cap) was removed to Brooklyn Central Booking for the murder of 9 year old boy Leiby Kretzy in Brooklyn, NY on July 13th. Photo: Gary Miller/Splash News/? www.splashnews.com

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]