The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 29 – Chaim Weiss

October 31, 1986. Long Beach, New York. Chaim Weiss, a 15-year old Orthodox Jewish rabbinical student, returns to his dormitory after attending Shabbat services at his yeshiva high school. The following morning, Chaim’s body is found on his dorm room floor. At some point during the night, an unknown individual entered his room and brutally murdered him while he slept. Police conduct an extensive investigation and interview students and faculty members from the yeshiva, but are unable to uncover a solid suspect or any discernible motive for Chaim’s murder. We examine a very perplexing cold case on this month’s first Halloween-themed minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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3 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 29 – Chaim Weiss

  • To me, this sounds like an accident. I think he did something in the room like standing on the edge of the bed, slipped, fell backwards and hit his head on something very hard. It is possible to hit your head and the object not be marked in a noticeable way. I think he regained consciousness briefly and crawled a bit and then died. I see nothing to suggest a murder, which seems incredibly unlikely. I think everybody had tunnel vision because it seemed like murder.

    • Heh, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen the theory about an accident proposed. I’d like to think investigators would be able to tell the difference between a murder and a freak accident and I’m guessing there had to be some evidence which made them feel so strongly it was murder, but the accident theory would help explain why leads in this case are virtually non-existent.

      • Hi Robin, yeah that could be true, but would love to hear what evidence they had. I remember that Staircase documentary. Investigators decided murder, because it seemed the best fit, however it was probably by a large bird of prey. It’s astonishing the initial investigators couldn’t tell the difference between an animal attack and blunt force trauma!
        I think if the boy had fallen in a weird way and it looked like murder and they couldn’t see any signs of accident, e.g. blood on a bedpost or simply blood everywhere, then they may assume murder erroneously.

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