Alone, under observation and tortured with the thoughts of what he did to his
children – this is how Itai Ben-Dror spends his days in prison. Ben-Dror has
more than enough time to be alone with his thoughts, having been given three
life sentences following his conviction in July 2011 for stabbing to death his
three children, all under the age of 10.
Attorney Ran Alon represented
Ben-Dror during his trial, and has remained in touch with him to this
He added that as far as he knows, Ben-Dror is not in touch with his
family, and that other than the psychiatrist, the prison staff and Alon himself,
he has no human contact.
“One of the reasons that I continue to speak to
him this long after the verdict is that I know that he’s suffering and in real
isolation,” Alon said.
Alon said he still represents Ben-Dror in his
dealings with prison authorities. He explained that his client has been kept in
isolation in a cell with closed circuit cameras from the day he began serving
his sentence, not in order to protect him from other inmates, but because prison
authorities believe that isolation helps them observe Ben- Dror, who is still in
a perilous mental state.
The attorney said that his client still meets
regularly with a psychiatrist, and that to this day he is plagued by
“Every time he talks about what he did he becomes very upset, he
cries and never stops thinking about what he did, or about his kids – especially
during the holidays,” Alon said Tuesday.
He added that while the court
ruled that from a legal standpoint his client was not legally insane or in a
severe enough mental state to be declared unfit to stand trial, he was certain
that his client was suffering from severe depression and a personality disorder
that helped lead to the crime, which took place shortly after he was released
from a stay of several months at a psychiatric hospital.
“I have no doubt
that he very much regrets what he did and only wishes he could turn time back,
but it’s impossible,” Alon said, adding that Ben-Dror is “content with the
verdict, and wants to be punished for the rest of his life for what he
On the Shabbat morning of July 24, 2010, Israelis were shocked with
the news that Ben-Dror had drugged and then stabbed his three young children to
death in one of the most brutal acts of family violence in the history of the
Ben-Dror’s name disappeared from the headlines until this month,
when a string of horrifying acts of infanticide shocked the country
On September 18, Eli Gur, 52, violated a restraining order and
snatched his children from his wife’s house in Bat Hefer and raced to Tel Aviv,
where he threw Yahav, five years old, and Eden, four years old, off an 11-story
building before jumping to his own death. That tragedy took place only two days
after Karina Beryl stabbed her two children Igor, seven, and Mira, five, to
death in their Jerusalem home before attempting suicide, and only a few weeks
after Bashir Najiar of Daburiya went on a shooting rampage in the Galilee town,
killing his ex-wife, three of his daughters and a local man before taking his
own life with a gunshot wound to the head.