The New York Post’s reporting on the murder of Williamsburg developer Menachem Stark has attracted widespread outrage from members of the Orthodox Jewish community as well as local politicians. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams demanded that the tabloid issue an apology Saturday.
Stark was abducted from outside his Williamsburg office late Thursday night and his charred body was discovered in a Great Neck dumpster late Friday afternoon. The Post’s front-page headline read “Who didn’t want him dead?,” and the story in the newspaper speculated that Stark had several enemies as a result of his allegedly shady business dealings and record as a landlord.
Adams held a press conference Saturday in conjunction with Orthodox Jewish leaders and local politicians to discuss the newspaper’s treatment of the murder, according to New York magazine.
“Who didn’t? His children did not want him dead,” Adams said, referring to the controversial headline.
The Post issued a statement in response to the outrage saying that the story “does not say Mr. Stark deserved to die but our reporting showed that he had many enemies, which may have led to the commission of this terrible crime.” [NY Mag] – Hiten Samtani