Menachem "Max" Stark
Menachem "Max" Stark – the Satmar slumlord and scam artist who allegedly stole millions from his lenders, from others and from the bankruptcy of one of his buildings – was kidnapped late on January 2 and found murdered the next day. Now police may be close to solving his murder.
The New York Post reports:
…In the three months since the grisly discovery, no arrests have been made in what has become one of the city’s most high-profile murder cases. But investigators are zeroing in on suspects and new evidence has emerged, The Post has learned. It could mean an end to a mystery whose ghastly imprint still lingers in the tight-knit community.
Despite the millions he owed to his many creditors, sources say investigators are focused on a contractor and several of the man’s relatives — to whom Stark owed as little as $20,000.
The contractor has a connection to the minivan and to a mysterious cellphone found strapped underneath Stark’s car, apparently used by the abductors as a tracking device, sources said.
Investigators also have been able to track the cellphone of one of the suspects in the area where the body was dumped, a law-enforcement source told The Post.
Complicating the case has been what sources described as Stark’s long list of possible enemies, ranging from jilted business associates to tenants.
Stark’s autopsy revealed he died of compression asphyxiation — which likely happened when his kidnappers sat on him during the brutal attack. Sources believe his kidnappers probably did not intend to kill him.
Detectives are telling the family that an arrest is imminent — before Passover on April 14, or immediately after the eight-day holiday, a source said.…