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Stark’s Body Found in Dumpster


Menacham Stark ZL

Menacham Stark ZL
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The charred corpse of Chassidic millionaire landlord Menacham Stark was found in a Great Neck trash container at the Getty gas station in Great Neck just before 4 PM Friday, according to Nassau County cops. Stark had been dramatically kidnapped outside his South Side Associates real estate office in Williamsburg on Thursday.

According to the Daily News, Stark, 39, was pushed into a white minivan after a fight with two thugs who approached him on Rutledge St. near the Williamsburg Bridge.

Surveillance video show the kidnappers binding Stark with duct tape before throwing him in their Dodge Caravan and speeding off.

“He owed a lot of people money,” one source told the NY Post. Stark had several foreclosures recently and owned about 16 vacant or run-down, drug infested properties under at least a dozen corporate names in the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy and Bushwick.

Stark a father of eight, died of suffocation, sources said. One hand was burned, as was his body below the waist. It hasn’t been determined yet whether he was set on fire before or after his death.

Stark’s business troubles included defaulting on $51 million in real estate development loans, and related lawsuits.

The gas station owner in Great Neck arrived at work early to get his fleet of plows on the road. “There was smoke coming from the dumpster,” he told the News. “Not a lot. I thought someone threw a cigarette in there and it didn’t go out. We didn’t think anything of it at the time.”

But when he returned in the afternoon, “There was a smell — it was horrible,” he said.

Investigators discovered the body in the dumpster next to the trash beneath the snow and closed the station immediately.

Slumlords in NYC buy shoddy properties, take out big loans and then default on the loan and “lose” the property. Then, using a different company, or through family proxies, they buy back the same property at rock bottom prices.

According to a police source speaking to the Post, Stark was also a cash lender, known as the “neighborhood ATM.”

Detectives and police community affairs officers arrived at Stark’s home, which is about five blocks from his offices on Rutledge St., at 1:30 PM Saturday. The extended family was huddled up inside.

According to neighbors, the Stark home was always open to visitors, the late Menachem Stark gave very generously to charity.

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106 Responses to “Stark’s Body Found in Dumpster”

  1. Like a bad episode of The Sopranos

  2. Like a bad episode of The Sopranos

  3. Erik Bennett says:

    I really don’t like that I seen this.

  4. Everyone yelling. “Mob hit!”" Mob hit!” Are freaking stupid. He was stealing from people and going into dept at the same time. Somebody did not like how that effected them so they killed him. End of story but a long list of suspects it sounds like to me.

  5. Why the ZL after his name? Do you know what that stands for or are you just writing things mindlessly?

  6. Roman Druker says:

    No one deserves such a cruel death.

  7. baruch dyan haemes.

  8. It should have been Morris Kaiser from Toronto

  9. What? What is wrong with people to do such a horrible thing and then dump the body in trash. He defenely hung with the wrong crowd it seems

  10. Looks like his actions caught up with him, but indeed sad!

  11. Dan Silagi says:

    Where it belongs.

  12. Eti Nemes says:

    It's a tragedy that a young father of seven children is know longer a live and those people they did it should get a penalty death they are not people they are low then enimal

  13. Linda Knight says:

    Did they find out who it is?

  14. moshe Rosten says:

    ZL Stands for zachor livracha in Hebrew. It means may the memory off his name be for a blessing. Kinda inappropriate in this particular case. It’s a term used by hasidim.

  15. Joan Forman says:

    Wealthy but owed people money. Still, a horrific death leading to a widow and fatherless children.

  16. Steven Boyer says:

    Was this incident related to the Palestinian ambassador who died in Prag ?

  17. Adam Green says:

    Z"L
    (Zichrono Livrocho)

    For deceased Jews of good character.
    Translation: Of Blessed Memory
    Sometimes written as OBM
    The female form would have Zichrona (Pl: Zichronam for males or mixed groups, or Zichronan if an all female group)

    ZT"L
    (Zecher Tzadik Livrocho)

    For deceased Jews of outstanding (the emphasis is on tzadik) character and behavior.
    Translation: The Memory of the Righteous is a Blessing

  18. Ronna Tobin says:

    how sad is this. what is this society coming to????

  19. Jerry Salit says:

    I do feel horrible when anyone gets murdered but according to the story he was a father of 8 children and still had shady business practices. Once you become a parent you owe it to your family to be a mensch. I am sorry he's dead but no way should we forget what kind if person he was. He out his family second, money first

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