This page is dedicated to the memory of Nussen Yaakov Scharf (Nathan Scharf)
|Lawrence Gordon (AKA: Lawrence McQuill)|
Emergency Services Security - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
Manhattan Beach Jewish Center - New York, NY
Prior to murdering 8-year-old Nathan Scharf (Nussen Yaakov Scharf) on May 3, 1977, Lawrence Gordon had been arrested four times on charges of child molestation. Between 1972 to 1977, Gordon had been convicted on three of the four sexual offenses. Lawrence Gordon also went by the name of Lawrence Mc Quill. Under that name he had been arrested seven times since 1968. Besides the sexual assault charges, Gordon had also been arrested for arson, on charges of assault and possession of a weapon, some of these charges were still pending at the time of the boys murder. Nathan Scharf was the son of Rabbi Solomon Simpson of the Ocean View Jewish Center.
- Security Guard Is Held as Slayer of Brooklyn Boy, 8 (05/05/1977)
- Murder Victim Buried (05/05/1977)
- Hamoer on the passing of Nussen Yaakov Scharf (Yiddish)
- Nab Suspect in death of N.Y. rabbi's son (05/05/1977)
- Security Guard With a Police Record Charged With Murder of a Boy, 8 (05/05/1977)
- Suspect in Killing of Rabbi's Son Ordered to Undergo Mental Tests (05/06/1977)
- '77 Conviction in Murder Set Aside As Result of January Court Ruling; Appeal being Considered (07/30/1980)
- Man Guilty in Slaying of Child (02/19/1982)
- People State of New York v. Lawrence Gordon (05/28/1985)
|Case of Lawrence Gordon|
|Nathan Scharf - Murdered by Lawrence Gordon|
Security Guard With a Police Record Charged With Murder of a Boy, 8
By Emanuel Perlmutter
New York Times - May 5, 1977
A security guard whose police record includes sexual abuse of a child was charged yesterday with hurling an 8-year- old boy to his death Tuesday night from the roof of a six-story apartment building in Brooklyn.
New York Times - May 6, 1977
|Case of Lawrence Gordon - Convicted Sex Offender and Murderer|
Man Guilty in Slaying of Child
The Associated Press - February 19, 1982
A Brooklyn jury yesterday visited a rooftop from which the 8-year-old son of a Hasidic rabbi was thrown to his death, then returned to the court and quickly found the defendant guilty of murder.
The defendant, Lawrence Gordon, who was a security guard in the apartment complex where the boy was killed, could get up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced March 15.
It was the second murder trial for Mr. for Mr. Gordon. whose first conviction was reversed in 1980 on the grounds that a confession has been obtained improperly without his lawyer present.
The victim, Nathan Scharf, was found dead, naked from the waist down, on May 3, 1977, in the rear of 2685 East Seventh Street in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.
The State Supreme Court jury of six men and six women went by bus to the scene yesterday morning, accompanied by the trial judge, Justice Richard Goldman; an assistant district attorney, Eric Bjornby, and the defense attorney, Richard Hannah.
The judge said a recent court ruling had made such visits to the scene permissible if both the defense and prosecution agreed.
Mr. Gordon, who was 32 at the time of the killing, had been convicted of crimes on three occasions. One of the convictions, in 1973, was for sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. His other convictions were for bigamy in 1973 and for falsifying a report of an incident in which he was involved in 1973.
He was giving conditional discharges –– tantamount to parole –– after each conviction.
LARRY GORDON, APPELLANT
Scharf Family History
|Tarnopol Yeshiva - Rabbi Yitzchok Scharf is on the far right|
- Brooklyn Police Maintain 24-hour Vigil over 65-year-old Synagogue (August 7, 1967)
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