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Graphic photo shows Monsey stabbing attack victim’s injuries
By Yaron Steinbuch, NY Post, January 1, 2020:
The family of one of the men wounded in the stabbing rampage in Rockland County has released a photograph of his devastating injuries – showing him on a respirator with a heavily sutured, bloodied head.
“This is the visual state of Josef Neumann who has been stabbed at the Hanukkah celebration Saturday night in the Forshay area of #Monsey,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council in Hudson Valley said in a Twitter post, along with the hashtag #MeJew.
The 70-year-old father of seven was in critical condition after suffering a skull fracture and undergoing surgery on Sunday, his daughter previously told The Post.
Neumann was stabbed multiple times, when alleged machete-wielding madman Thomas Grafton stormed the Monsey house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on Saturday, injuring five Hasidic Jews.
“The knife penetrated his skull directly into the brain,” said his family, adding that he may never wake up. He also was cut three times on the head, once on the neck and his right arm was “shattered.”
“Our father’s status is so dire that no surgery has yet been performed on the right arm,” the family’s statement said.
The four other victims — including the rabbi’s 25-year-old son — had been treated and were released from the hospital by Sunday.
Federal prosecutors say the accused assailant kept journals filled with anti-Semitic writing and used a cellphone to search for “Zionist Temples,” including on Staten Island.
Grafton, 37, faces five state counts of attempted murder and five counts of federal hate crimes.
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