NJ Rabbi Fred Neulander who hired hitmen to kill his wife dies in prison

The New Jersey rabbi convicted of causing a grisly, headline-grabbing tragedy 30 years ago has died in prison.

Fred Neulander, 82, who was serving a life sentence for hiring two hitmen to kill his wife Carol in 1994, was pronounced dead on Wednesday. He was found unconscious at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, according to police Philadelphia researcher, and his death was announced Friday by the state Department of Corrections.

Neulander had led Congregation M’kor Shalom in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill for 20 years when he plotted to kill his wife — all so he could pursue an affair with a local radio personality.

Carol Neulander, a beloved community figure with whom Fred shared three children, was beaten to death in her home with a lead pipe by two men the rabbi had hired. The scene was intended to look like a robbery gone bad, but police quickly became suspicious because the house otherwise looked normal, police said. Researcher.

One of the hitmen, Len Jenoff, testified at Neulander’s trial that “he wanted to come home one night and find his wife dead on the floor.”

In 2002, Neulander was ultimately convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole because the jury could not agree on the death penalty. In 2016, Neulander tried to overturn his conviction — a plea that was rejected by the New Jersey appeals court.

The case has been the subject of several documentaries; in 2022, a Los Angeles theater staged a musical based on the story.