Monday, January 24, 2005

Rabbi Marc/Mordechai Gafni/Win(i/y)arz Series Part1:The secret sex life of the man who brought Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz to FL & how it led to his murder.

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At 5:38 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Boca Raton, Florida, where there is an unfortunate tradition of high-risk sex lives among the community leadership.

A. Rabbi Ephraim Goldberg (not to be confused with Rabbi Efraim Goldberg) who helped establish the local Boca Raton mikvah
see: http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/ephraimgoldberg.html

B. Rabbi Jerrold Levy who helped show that the Jewish community would stand with, not against a child molester (and let's not forget the 2 decade earlier charge of fondling an undercover police officer in a men's room in St. Louis, where Levy was the rabbi at a suburban synagogue before he and his family came to Boca Raton)
see: http://theawarenesscenter.org/jerroldlevy.html

So it stands to reason a child molester like Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz would find a place in Boca Raton.

And now for the back-story of the man who brought Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz to Boca Raton.


1)
SECRET LIFE SHEDS LIGHT ON SLAYING
The Palm Beach Post
December 21, 1992
Author: DOUGLAS T. COHEN, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A matchbook with a beeper number and the name of a male stripper: That is all police found on Steven Marcus' body.

Marcus, former president and founder of the Boca Raton Synagogue, was stabbed to death Labor Day weekend and dumped in a warehouse district in Oakland Park. That week, police charged two male prostitutes who have criminal records and drug addictions with Marcus' death, in what appeared to be a clear-cut car hijacking and murder.

Police initially thought Marcus, 45, had been in Oakland Park to sell silver Judaic artifacts, a hobby he turned into a full-time job last year after he stopped practicing law. Police said the two men, William Blanton, 23, and Jesse Adams, 27, stole Marcus' wallet, checkbook and antique silver, then stabbed him to death. They are awaiting trial.

The morning of Sept. 8, sanitation workers found Marcus' bloody body under a pickup in a warehouse alley off Oakland Park Boulevard near Interstate 95.

Later that week, 300 of Marcus' friends attended a memorial service for him at the Boca Raton Synagogue. Marcus, who was married and had two teenage daughters, founded the Orthodox congregation in 1986 and was instrumental in raising money for a new temple. Friends at the service described Marcus as a respected member of the community and devoted husband and father.

"We're all very shocked," Rabbi Kenneth Brander said at the funeral. "He helped build this community; he helped build this temple."

But the matchbook told another story.

Police traced the beeper number to Modesto Alex Hoffman, a male dancer who worked at The Boardwalk, a Miami Beach stripper bar.

Marcus had been leading a dual life for years, making regular trips to gay bars in Broward County, according to court documents.

He once told a family friend and psychologist he was bisexual, but his family didn't find out until after his death, court records show. Oakland Park detectives said many of the male prostitutes in their city-- including Adams -- knew Marcus.

"He liked to look at men flexing their muscles and torso," Oakland Park detective Dusty Rhodes said. "That's where he got his kicks. He never had sex performed on him or performed any sex on them."

Male prostitutes told police Marcus would pay them between $20 and $30. One man, now in prison in Florida, said he had met Marcus in Massachusetts and dated him after they both moved to Florida. The two used to meet at the apartment of a female prostitute, but the man stressed the two never had sexual relations, according to court records.

DISAPPEARED ON LABOR DAY

As far as police can tell, Hoffman and another male dancer at The Boardwalk were the last people to see Marcus alive. Marcus left his family in Boca Raton at 8 p.m. on Labor Day. He apparently had made two appointments to sell his silver to Jewish community leaders in Miami Beach. He made the first but never showed up for the second.

Instead, police say, he met Hoffman at the Miami Beach gay bar after 10 p.m., bought him some food and arranged a date to photograph Hoffman.

Later that night, Marcus was driving home past 825 Sunrise, a gay bar in Fort Lauderdale, when he spotted Adams, detective Rhodes said.

Marcus-- who closed his law practice after the state Supreme Court found he had mishandled more than $40,000 of clients' money-- had represented Adams in 1990 in an appeal of a prison sentence. Court records show the two men also had been seen together at gay bars in Fort Lauderdale.

Adams was seen working the streets with Blanton the day before Marcus' death, Rhodes said. Blanton had skipped parole in California for armed robbery and had been in Florida only 10 days.

Police say Marcus had never met Blanton, who has a tattoo of two birds on his left arm. It resembles a swastika. The tattoo caused so much racial tension in a California prison that guards had to move Blanton to another cell, according to records.

POLICE BLAME COCAINE USE

By the time Blanton and Adams crossed paths with Marcus at midnight on Labor Day, police said, the two men were in the midst of a cocaine-driven crime spree.

Blanton has denied any role in Marcus' murder, saying Adams picked him up in Marcus' car and told him he had cut Marcus 100 times, then run over him.

Blanton told police that Adams had described the murder to him and that Marcus had pleaded for his life.

"Have mercy on my daughters," Marcus begged.

But police believe Blanton was at the scene of the murder. A bloodied Levi's shirt the killers used to wipe off Marcus' car after the murder had been given to Blanton by one of his clients, police say.

Rhodes suspects Marcus' killers overpowered him, then forced him into the back seat of his Lincoln Continental. They stole his jewelry, including an 18- karat menorah pendant, his wallet and checkbook, killed him and dumped him in the alley. An autopsy showed Marcus' killers slit his throat and stabbed him 41 times in the neck, shoulders and back.

Blanton told police he and Adams were unable to pawn the antique silver in Marcus' trunk or cash checks he signed. That morning, police say, the two men continued their crime spree, robbing a 12-year-old girl at a Fort Lauderdale bus stop and then three more people at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

But police had matched Marcus' body and silver Lincoln with a missing person's report filed by his wife at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. A few hours later, Fort Lauderdale police arrested the two men after a short chase.

"Why would Adams kill him even though he knew him?" detective Rhodes said. "He was messed up on crack, whacked out of his mind."

2)
DEVELOPER OFFERS HOME FOR SERVICES
Sun-Sentinel
October 10, 1986
Author: Carol Brozozowski, Staff Writer

Members of the Boca Raton Synagogue almost had nowhere to worship for the High Holy Days when a Boca Raton developer came through for them.

Robert Shapiro of Lorimar Development Corporation offered a model home at Montoya Estates for the services.

Shapiro said one of the members of the synagogue contacted him after congregation members could not find a suitable place for worship.

The temple is now under construction, but not completed.

In the two years the orthodox congregation has been organized, members have set up services at the nearby Boca Teeca clubhouse, but restrictions resulted in having to look elsewhere for a site, said Linda Marcus, a synagogue member and wife of board member Steven Marcus.

As orthodox Jews do not travel on the Sabbath or holy days, a nearby location was sought. Therefore, a location that congregation members could walk to and set up services and food provisions was needed.

The board members looked at nearby commercial sites, but many of them still do not have certificates of occupancy.

Shapiro could offer a place with electricity, air conditioning and seating for 100.

"It was a good gesture," Shapiro said of his reason for offering the home.

The congregation includes members who come from as far as Pompano Beach for services. Those who restrict travel will stay in the homes of those who live near the worship site.

"We weren`t in dire straits, but toward the end we were getting desperate," Marcus said.

Rabbi Mordechai Winiarz of New York, a visiting rabbi, is conducting the services.
...

3)
2 JAILED IN SLAYING OF COLLECTOR POLICE THINK PAIR KILLED ANTIQUES
AFICIONADO FOR DRUG MONEY
Sun-Sentinel
September 10, 1992
Author: By KEVIN DAVIS and JIM DIPAOLA, Staff Writers

Fort Lauderdale police on Wednesday arrested two suspects in the murder of a Boca Raton man whose body was found in a warehouse district in Oakland Park two days ago.

Michael Adams, 27, and William Balton, 22, are accused of repeatedly stabbing and slashing Steven Marcus, a Boca Raton antiques collector, a community leader and former lawyer.

A sanitation worker found Marcus' body about 6 a.m. Monday in the 800 block of Northeast 30th Court in Oakland Park. Police think he was killed by people seeking money for drugs.

''We know that the victim had a wallet and jewelry before he came in contact with them,'' Oakland Park Sgt. Glenn Osani said.

The two men, who list no local address, are also suspected of robbing a girl, 16, at a bus stop and robbing at least three other people in Fort Lauderdale just hours after Marcus, 45, was killed.

''They've admitted to the robberies, but not to the killing,'' Osani said. ''They didn't tell us how they got his car.''

Marcus' car fit the description of the car used in the robberies, and Fort Lauderdale police arrested Adams and Balton in the 1100 block of Northeast 15th Avenue after an officer recognized the vehicle. Marcus' wife had reported him missing the night before and gave police a description of his car.

Both suspects have arrest records and have used other names, Osani said. They apparently met about a week ago.

Marcus, a father of two, was one of the founders of the Boca Raton
Synogogue. Rabbi Yosef Biston had known Marcus for about 10 years and had seen the religious side of a man who loved studying antique silver of the Jewish faith.

''He was a pioneer,'' Biston said on Wednesday. ''When he moved to Boca Raton, he said, 'Someday, where I live is going to be a religious community,''' Biston recalled. ''When he moved there, it wasn't.''

Biston said he often visited Marcus, who always welcomed the company. ''His house was an open house,'' Biston said. ''Anytime I was in the area and needed a bite to eat or to make a phone call, I was always welcome.''

During Biston's visits, Marcus would proudly show his antiques. ''That was the love of his life,'' Biston said. ''He used to take out his silver collection to show to me. He had a tremendous love of silver items in the Jewish nature, especially antiques. He used to love to read books on antiques.''

In fact, Biston was one of the last people to see Marcus alive; they had talked about antique silver. About 2 p.m. Sunday, Biston and Marcus saw each other driving on Interstate 95 and Marcus asked Biston to pull over.

''He said he found a beautiful silver breastplate and he couldn't sell it,'' Biston said. ''He said, 'I can't make money off of this, it belongs in a synogogue.'''

Marcus was a graduate of Boston University Law School and was admitted to The Florida Bar in July 1983, records show. In October 1991, he resigned from the bar for a minimum of seven years after being accused of legal neglect of his clients and theft of clients' money. The total theft was about $11,000, according to Bar records.

A funeral will be today at 8 a.m. at the Boca Raton Synagogue, 7900 Montoya Circle west of Boca Raton. Biston will be one of the speakers.

Marcus is survived by his wife Linda, and his daughters, Elizabeth, 16, and Naomi, 13.

Caption:
(Staff photos/LOU TOMAN)William Balton is one of two men charged in the murder of Steven Marcus, 45, a Boca Raton antiques collector whose body was found on Monday in an Oakland Park warehouse district.(C)

Officer Sonya Friedman leads bloodied murder suspect Michael Adams after he was captured.
PHOTOS (2, one color)

4)
2 JAILED IN MAN'S SLAYING POLICE: COLLECTOR KILLED FOR DRUG CASH
Sun-Sentinel
September 10, 1992
Author: By KEVIN DAVIS and JIM DiPAOLA, Staff Writers

Steven Marcus, founding member of the Boca Raton Synagogue, was stabbed to death for the things he so loved -- antique Judaic memorabilia, Fort Lauderdale police said on Wednesday.

A sanitation worker found Marcus' body about 6 a.m. Monday in a warehouse district in the 800 block of Northeast Court in Oakland Park. Police think the motive for the murder was robbery to get money for drugs.

Police on Wednesday arrested Michael Adams, 27, and William Balton, 22, who were charged with repeatedly stabbing and slashing Marcus, 45, who lived west of Boca Raton.

''We know that the victim had a wallet and jewelry before he came in contact with them,'' Oakland Park Sgt. Glenn Osani said.

Hundreds of friends and family mourned the loss of a religious leader who opened his doors to brethren.

''It is a shame,'' said Dr. William Rand, of suburban Boca Raton, who helped with Marcus' vision of creating an orthodox synagogue in an area where there was none. In 1986, the Boca Raton Synagogue was built when Marcus was the president and oversaw construction. ''There are a lot of people who will miss him.''

Today, those synagogue members will meet at 8 a.m. in the building in the 7900 block of Montoya Circle west of Boca Raton, for memorial services. Marcus is survived by his wife, Linda, and his daughters, Elizabeth, 16, and Naomi, 13.

Rabbi Yosef Biston, a friend of Marcus for 10 years, will be one of the speakers. Biston had seen the religious side of a man who loved studying antique silver of the Jewish faith.

''He was a pioneer,'' Biston said on Wednesday. ''When he moved to Boca Raton, he said, 'Someday, where I live is going to be a religious community,''' Biston recalled. ''When he moved there, it wasn't.''

Marcus was a graduate of Boston University Law School. He was admitted into The Florida Bar in July 1983, and set up a law practice in the Boca Raton area, records show. In October 1991, he resigned from the Bar for a minimum of seven years after being accused of legal neglect of his clients and theft of clients' money. The total theft was about $11,000, according to records of The Florida Bar in Tallahassee.

An avid antique collector, Marcus began buying and selling antiques for a living.

Biston said he often visited Marcus, who always welcomed the company.

''His house was an open house,'' Biston said. ''Anytime I was in the area and needed a bite to eat or to make a phone call, I was always welcome.''

During Biston's visits, Marcus would show his antiques, steeped in the tradition of the Jewish faith.

''That was the love of his life,'' Biston said. ''He used to take out his silver collection to show to me. He had a tremendous love of silver items in the Jewish nature, especially antiques. He used to love to read books on antiques.''

In fact, Biston was one of the last people to see Marcus alive, and they talked about antique silver. About 2 p.m. Sunday, Biston and Marcus saw each other driving on Interstate 95. Marcus asked Biston to pull over.

''He said he found a beautiful silver breastplate and he couldn't sell it,'' Biston said. ''He said, 'I can't make money off of this, it belongs in a synagogue.'''

Police think Marcus' killers also robbed a schoolgirl at a bus stop and at least three other people elsewhere.

''They've admitted to the robberies, but not to the killing,'' Osani said. ''They didn't tell us how they got his car. It was sidestepped.''

Police captured Adams and Balton in Fort Lauderdale after an officer sighted Marcus' car, which had been reported missing on Tuesday night and fit the description of the car used in the robberies.

Caption:
(Staff photos/LOU TOMAN)Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Sonya Freeman takes suspect Michael Adams to a police car.

Suspect William Balton sits in back of police car after he was apprehended. PHOTOS (2)

Memo:
***********************UNPUBLISHED CORRECTION******************************
The name of one of the suspects was incorrectly spelled, the correct spelling is William Blanton.
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5)
BOCA MAN'S SLAYING PUZZLES FAMILY, FRIENDS
The Palm Beach Post
September 11, 1992
Author: DOUGLAS T. COHEN, and MARY C. WILLLIAMS, Palm Beach Post
StaffWriter

Steven Marcus was known as the lifeblood of the Boca Raton Synagogue. But earlier this week, days before the synagogue was to break ground on a new temple, Marcus' mangled body was found in a Broward County alley.

Marcus, 45, had been stabbed several times and run over by a car. Two ex-convicts and crack addicts have been charged in the slaying. But Marcus' friends and relatives are stumped over how and why he turned up dead in a warehouse district.

"This is a time of tragedy for the entire community," Rabbi Kenneth Brander said Thursday after a memorial service at the synagogue attended by 300 friends and relatives. "We're all very shocked. He helped build this community. He helped build this synagogue."

Marcus' family had last seen him Monday night. An Oakland Park sanitation worker found his body 6 a.m. Tuesday beside a blue pickup off 30th Court, east of Interstate 95.

Police charged Michael Adams, 27, and William Blanton, 22, with first-degree murder in the slaying after they were caught Wednesday driving Marcus' 1986 Lincoln Continental, police said. The men also are charged in several strong-arm robberies in which Marcus' car was used. Five purses --including one belonging to a 16-year-old girl robbed at her school bus stop Wednesday-- were found after their arrest.

Police said Blanton skipped parole in California and has been in Florida 10 days. In a statement to police, Blanton said he and Adams met on the street and formed a crime duo to support their drug habit.

In a statement to police, Blanton denied any part in the murder and said Adams picked him up in Marcus' car Tuesday night and admitted he "cut the victim 100 times and he wouldn't die and then he ran over him (with the car)."

Blanton said there was blood all over Marcus' car but that he and Adams washed it off, according to court papers. Blanton told police "he could care less that the victim was murdered and figured if they were caught in the car that Adams would confess."

Adams has refused to talk to police. But a friend of the suspects gave detectives a different version of the events leading up to Marcus' death.

The woman, whose name has been not been released, told police Blanton said he and Adams robbed Marcus after Marcus picked them up on Federal Highway late Monday.

Police said Marcus had gash marks on his hands indicating he had tried to shield himself. An autopsy showed he survived the stabbing but died when he was run over.

Marcus had practiced law in Massachusetts and Florida. He resigned from the Florida Bar last year after findings he had mishandled thousands of dollars in clients' money.

He helped support his wife, Linda, and their two daughters, Naomi, 12; and Elizabeth, 16, by turning his passion for collecting Judaic antiques into a career.

In 1988, several pieces from his private collection dating from the 19th and 20th centuries were displayed at the Norton Gallery alongside pieces from Sotheby's auction house in an exhibit called Treasures of Judaica.

He apparently made frequent trips to Broward County to buy and sell
antiques. Blanton told police he tried to sell some of the silver to a pawn shop and attempted to forge Marcus' checks, but a suspicious clerk turned him away.

Police believe the suspects may have hijacked the car, taken Marcus on a crime spree then killed him and dumped his body.

"There obviously are a number of loose ends that we need to tie up," Oakland Park Police Sgt. Glenn Osani said.

 

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