Chaim Weiss
Chaim Weiss

Nassau County police renewed calls for tips Tuesday to help find the killer of a 15-year-old rabbinical student in Long Beach in a case that has been unsolved for 26 years.

Chaim Weiss’ father, Anton, joined investigators for the news conference, where they announced that the reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the mystery was increased to $25,000.

“We are reviewing everything once again just like we would on a case that just happened today,” Det. Lt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Homicide Squad, told reporters at police headquarters in Mineola.

Weiss was beaten to death in his dorm room on Nov. 1, 1986. Azzata said that there is forensic evidence, but would not specifically describe the nature of that evidence. He added that tips have been coming in since the press conference was announced.

“In the homicide squad, we constantly review older cases,” Azzata said. “This is not the only older case we’re looking at at the time. This is just one where we believe there is someone out there that has a secret that can let us know or give us a piece of whats known out there.”

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.