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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

  20. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    8 children

  21. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    no he owed money to someone

  22. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    Jerry Salit ( heartless **** face) there is something called a economy crisis he has 9 mouth to feed including his own do u think its easy to pay off financials these days shut up and think before you talk u *******!!!!!!!!!!! why dont you be a ****ing mentsch and write normal comments numbskull

  23. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    and then he also has financials from the business to payoff and has to make sure his family have normal clothes on their backs pay off car bills tuition for school health insurance the cleaning lady paying his workers then eventually they have to pay a shadchan to marry off their children and oh im sure he has boys that are 13 he had to pay for their bar mitzvah and perhaps business is a bit slow currently

  24. Karen Lenefsky says:

    Oi. Oi i hope he isnt related to me?

  25. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    Karen Lenefsky how would he be related to you

  26. horrible and disgusting. B’H I hope they find the perps and give them the death sentence

  27. Sandra Johnson says:

    He Misrepresented Torah and himself . Halacah is how you walk ! You must walk and act the same . He paid the price of being a false witness and bringing shame to the community .

  28. Norma Iris Vargas says:

    After the investigation into his murder, I hope they investigate his entire family/brothers for their crimes as well.

  29. Leland LaPine says:

    Lashan Hora……..

  30. Some of you peoples answers sounds like you're on DOPE! People are justifying the murder of this Jewish man because he stole money from people however, that is why we have a legal system! To punish the unlawful acts of people who do shameless things against society, not to mention Madoff stole more money than he I don't see anyone else talking about him. Nevertheless, he went through the process and the Jew did not instead they mercilessly killed him and ousted him from his family.

  31. Elie Perez says:

    ברוך דיין האמת,ה’ ינקום דמו

  32. People here are justifying the murder of this jew without considering that he was supposed to have gone through a legal system to punish his actions but no, they are glorifying his murders instead.

  33. He was still a father and husband,truly sad!!

  34. Ok here is my OPINION Although he was a slumlord no one forced the people to stay there if they couldn’t afford get another job so you can afford get off your as and change the situation But nothing like this justifies aabduction and murder

  35. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    well gee thanks and right now IS a time of struggle for everyone……..

  36. מישל פורקוביטש says:

    as avraham said u couldnt sound anymore dope

  37. Moishe Pupik says:

    Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan · If you knew anything about Jewish law, you would know that death atones for the worst crimes, including murder. meaning that a Jew who has murdered, never mind stolen, and paid with his life, is most definitely forgiven and deserved a proper burial and a proper ZL after his or her name. This is why I love the Jewish Press so much, because they insist on acting like Jews.

  38. Moishe Pupik says:

    Leland LaPine · It's spelled LashOn hara, or Lashon Hora. And if this is lashon hara then you are as guilty for reading it, according to Jewish law, as the author is for bringing it to your attention. Deal with it.

  39. Murdering and torture is wrong !! There are courts to take a man to justice if he has done wrong !!

  40. THIS NEWS CAN ONLY BRING ABOUT MORE ANTI-SEMITISM.

    Man is not born good. He must become good – by learning that there is another beside him and a Creator above him.

    Evil and unwarranted hatred are a reality that exists in our world. The human being has an infinite capacity for evil that, left unchecked, can destroy the world.

    The Torah itself tells us that the “impulse of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen 8:21). Man is not born good. He has to become good – by forging his character, by bending his baser instincts, by learning that there is another beside him and an Other above him.

    The Holocaust shows what can become of human beings when they permit the beast within them to control them.

    It teaches us that we must be alert to the existence of evil, both in others and in our own selves. Once we are aware of its reality, we can work to uproot it. The mitzvot of the Torah are designed to help the spiritual qualities within us dominate the beast within.

    Further, we learn from this tragedy that to be silent in the face of evil is to acquiesce in it, encourage it, and help it grow strong. History teaches us that evil triumphs when good people remain silent. But when good people rise up against evil, evil will ultimately perish and the good will prevail. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    International Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

    January 27, 2014, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland

  41. Anonymous says:

    Garbage to garbage…

  42. These things happen when you don't have a gun or other weapon and need one; I will not comment further because he can't answer!

  43. Orah Peer says:

    Chillul Hashem kasha mikulam……when you look like you represent Torah & you behave contrary to Torah & pple learn to hate you & your pple based on your actions,that creates Chillul Hashem'….wich is the worst avera'.r'l.

  44. Orah Peer says:

    The reason for this mitzvah is gratitude to God. He created us and gave us everything. How horrible would we be to act in a fashion that makes Him look bad and causes people to say, “That’s how Jews act?” or “That’s how religious people act?” The sin of making a chillul Hashem is so serious that the Talmud in Yoma (86a) tells us that neither teshuvah (repentance), Yom Kippur nor suffering can fully effect atonement for a person. A person cannot be fully cleansed of the taint of making a chillul Hashem until he has died.

    This mitzvah applies to both men and women in all times and places. It is discussed in the Talmud in the tractates of Yoma (86a) and Sanhedrin (74a-b), and is codified in the Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh De’ah 157. This mitzvah is #63 of the 365 negative mitzvos in the Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvos and #155 of the 194 negative mitzvos that can be observed today in the Chofetz Chaim’s Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar.taken fromhttp://www.ou.org/torah/article/mitzvah295#.UsmB__RDtXg

  45. eric rice says:

    am i to understnad that people here are are arguing over whether or not this person deserved to die. have we become so crass as to say this person deserved this course of action. have we become so callous to feel for what his family might be going through. regardless of what this person might have done or not done. baruch dayan emes.

  46. Steven Boyer says:

    Don't these people believe in the US Court System anymore? Now the gangsters won't collect anything and Stark's 7 kids no longer have a dad. Anyway, Stark should have chilled out in Ohio since he could blend right into the Pennsylvania Dutch community here.

  47. Cody Flecker says:

    For some unknown reason, you do not like Chassidic men. this man who dies was a business man who had a large family and a loving wife. Business in Brooklyn is tough. If he broke the law then he must be punished. To mock him in death, makes you out to be a very small minded person, who ought to be ashamed of herself.

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