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Menachem Stark’s creditors may be behind killing: police

January 08, 2014 12:03PM

Menachem Stark’s brutal murder last week may have been masterminded by one of the many people whom he owed money to, according to police department sources.

Stark owed sums ranging from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and one of his creditors may have run out of patience, police sources said. The sources added that the two men who were hired to abduct and kill Stark may have been recruited from abroad.

Descriptions of the kidnappers, a source told the New York Post, “led us to believe that the suspects are not American. They could be from out of the country, possibly Europe.”

The newspaper has been excoriated for running a front-page story about Stark’s murder with the headline “Who didn’t want him dead?” as The Real Deal and others reported.

Stark’s partner Israel Perlmutter is also a possible suspect in the case, according to the Post, but Perlmutter said that any allegations about his role in the killing were baseless.  [NYP]  – Hiten Samtani