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Detroit Police Say Anti-Semitism Not Motive in Synagogue Leader’s Murder

Posted on | October 24, 2023 | Comments Off on Detroit Police Say Anti-Semitism Not Motive in Synagogue Leader’s Murder

Very important update on the case:

Detroit police said investigators have looked into several people of interest in the killing of Samantha Woll, the president of a Detroit synagogue. Woll was found stabbed to death outside her home on Saturday morning.
In a press conference on Monday, Detroit Police Chief James White declined to unveil the connection between Woll and the people of interest, declaring a prime suspect cannot be named at the time.
“We have to be very, very cautious as to what information we share,” White said. “There are very intricate details about this case that, if revealed, could really damage what we’re trying to accomplish. There are facts that are known only to our suspect.”
White also clarified evidence in Woll’s death indicates her killing was not a result of antisemitism. Detroit police said Woll went to a wedding Friday night and left at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Her body was found at about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, and police say there was no forced entry at Woll’s home in Lafayette Park, located east of downtown Detroit.
“We believe there are no other groups or anyone else at risk,” White said. “We believe that this incident was not motivated by antisemitism and that this suspect acted alone.”

Hmmmm. Notice what the Chief doesn’t say — nothing about robbery or sexual assault, which we might typically consider possible motives in such a crime. Revenge? A disgruntled ex-boyfriend? We understand the need to be “very, very cautious” in speaking about such an investigation, but ruling out anti-Semitism as a motive is important (a) because by the process of elimination, this means it’s not some random Jew-hater out there, and (b) this obviously helps reassure the community.

To repeat what I said Sunday:

We must not speculate or jump to conclusions. However, knowing what we know about Detroit, I’m willing to hazard a tentative guess that the killer was probably not a Trump supporter.

C’mon, man — It’s the east side of Detroit.



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