New York Post under fire for coverage on murder of Brooklyn Jewish businessman

The controversial New York Post cover on the murder of Menachem Stark. Credit: Twitter.

The controversial New York Post cover on the murder of Menachem Stark. Credit: Twitter.

(JNS.orgMembers of Brooklyn’s Jewish community and local politicians on Monday protested a controversial New York Post cover that featured a photo of Menachem Stark, an Orthodox Jewish businessman whose smoldering body was found in a Long Island dumpster on Sunday, accompanied by the caption “Who didn’t want him dead?”

The article describes Stark—a 39-year-old father of eight—as a “millionaire Hasidic slumlord,” and features multiple unattributed quotes claiming that the Brooklyn real estate developer was “a scammer” and that suspects for the murder were unclear given that “any number of people wanted to kill this guy.”

A protest Brooklyn’s Borough Hall featured many supporters of Stark, including newly elected Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City Councilman Mark Treyger, and New York State Assemblyman Joe Lentol. 

“This [New York Post] cover is outrageous and unprofessional,” said Treyger. “His grave is still fresh. He should not be put on trial! We need to find justice for his family.”

Posted on January 6, 2014 .