A prominent real estate developer was kidnapped near his Brooklyn office on Thursday. His charred body was later found in a trash can, outside a Long Island gas station on Saturday.
While the police had just started to look into the case, unsurprisingly, The New York Post came up with a controversial and premature headline for their piece on the incident. The paper speculated over the possible reasons behind real estate developer Menachem “Max” Stark’s grizzly murder. Even worse, the newspaper referred to Stark as a “slumlord” accompanied by the following caption:
“Who didn’t want him dead?”
A group of hundreds of Hasidic Jews gathered on Saturday night at an emotional Brooklyn funeral for the slain millionaire.
Some of them protested against the NY Post for portraying a negative image of the victim by calling him a slumlord and jumping to early conclusions, adding it promoted anti-Semitic sentiment.
While Stark and his wife were known for their generosity and holding various charity events, he reportedly made a lot of enemies in the course of his years as a real estate developer.
“The Hasidic real estate man may have had enemies — but Jewish stereotypes that appeared in today's New York Post have no place in the tragedy,” The Jewish Daily Forward stated.
The Police Department released blurry surveillance footage, according to The New York Times, which showed Stark being kidnapped by two unidentified men in a light-colored vehicle.
The motive of the crime has not yet been disclosed neither the authorities have made any arrests. Stark usually carried large amounts of cash with him, a police spokesman told the Times suggesting the murder could have been a result of robbery.
Outraged Jews even created an online Change.org petition titled “New York Post STOP THE HATE,” demanding an official apology:
“While the community is in shock the community faces this story
The well-known New York Post goes and writes on the cover page; who didn’t Want Him Dead?
This story started late last Thursday night this person was abducted out of his office and was discovered in a dumpster dead; We ask the public to voice your opinion respectfully in regards to the New York Post encouraging and endorsing crime so openly; We the people requesting New York Post to be responsible for clearly being a part of crime by endorsing and encouraging crime
This clearly points to a hate crime.”
As of the time of writing this piece, the NY Post hasn’t issued an apology yet.
This is not the first time the New York Post has come under fire for its controversial covers.
Last year, a few hours after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, the newspaper irresponsibly published a picture of two random men holding bags implying that they were the suspects on their front page. Read more about the incident here.