Above: Menachem “Max” Stark
Killer Of Satmar Slumlord Menachem “Max” Stark Reportedly Told Police How The Crime Happened
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The man accused of killing Satmar slumlord Menachem “Max” Stark early this year in Brooklyn told police how the crime took place, court documents show, the New York Post reported today.
Police asked 26-year-old Kendal Felix whether his preacher father taught him to tell the truth.
“Detective, you are right about that and I want to speak truthful about what happened,” Felix allegedly told NYPD detectives.
And Felix allegedly went on to explain how Stark’s kidnapping and murder took place.
Felix’s boss, who he called Erskine, told Felix that Stark owed money he wasn’t paying, and Erskine promised Felix a cut of it if would help force Stark to pay up.
On January 2, Felix and Erskine laid in wait outside Stark’s office in a snowstorm.
“Erskine told [Felix] that when Max comes out that he should distract him…When Max came out of his office [Felix] said he got out of the van and called to Max. At that point, Erskine came out from the other side of the van and rushed up to Max. Kendal claimed to be a weakling so he didn’t really get involved with scuffling with Max as Erskine was,” the NYPD detectives wrote, summarizing what they claim was part of Felix’s confession.
Erskine and Felix forced Stark, who was still struggling, into the van, the NYPD detectives wrote. Immediately afterward, “Erskine was directing [Felix] where to drive as he was trying to tie up and tape up Max.” Felix and Erskine then picked up Erskine’s brother Kendall, who said, “What the f–k is this?” when he got in the van and saw Stark.
The three men then drove to the home of a man named Irvine who got into the van, saw Stark and said, “Is that guy alive?”
“I said, ‘He’s breathing,’ but when Irvine checked he said, ‘The dude is dead!’” Felix told the detectives according to the summary of the confession they filed with the court.
Irvine got out of the van. Erskine went back to Stark’s Williamsburg office to see if anything was happening there in response to the kidnapping.
“He [Erskine] then called Kendall and told him to, ‘Get the f–k out of here cause the police be all over Max’s block,’” the detective’s summary continued.
Felix and Erskine’s brother Kendall drove to Long Island with Stark’s body.
“Kendall saw a Dumpster and said we’ll put him in there, so I pull up and Kendall had to put him in the Dumpster, as I’m not strong to do it,” Felix allegedly told the detectives.
Felix and Kendall then drove to a gas station, filled soda bottles with gasoline, and bought a lighter, then drove back to the dumpster and set Stark’s body on fire, the detectives’ summary of Felix’s alleged confession concluded.
The detectives’ summary of Felix’s alleged confession was filed with the court and released by the NYPD after Felix was arraigned in early May and pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping.
Erskine, his brother Kendall and Irvine have allegedly not been charged because prosecutors reportedly say they don’t have enough evidence to charge them.
The police account of the kidnapping and murder does not appear to match all of the known evidence.
For example, even though Felix and Erskine were allegedly laying in wait outside Stark’s office for Stark in the middle of a snowstorm, the van they used in the kidnapping has almost no snow on it, security camera footage seems to show.
Among the questions left unanswered by the NYPD’s purported Felix confession is how the kidnappers knew Stark was in his office at 11:30 pm or that he would be leaving it shortly afterward, or why the hasidic street patrol Shomrim was allegedly warned by Stark weeks before the kidnapping that he was under threat.
Stark owed millions of dollars to various lenders, some shady, some mob connected, and had a reputation of ripping off lenders, contractors, vendors and tenants. Stark also reportedly operated an unofficial short term bridge loan business that lent money at high rates of interest to local businessmen.
Stark also allegedly ripped off several powerful local businessmen not long before the murder, and that was direction Long Island cops were allegedly taking in the early hours of the investigation before the investigation was taken over by the NYPD, whose 90th Precinct in Williamsburg, not far from where the kidnapping took place, is considered to be especially corrupt.