Ditmas Park

Psychology professor killed in Ditmas Park home invasion

May 8, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A well-known professor of psychology was killed by a home invader on Monday night in his Ditmas Park home — and the suspect was found cowering in a closet when police arrived, police said.

NYPD said Jeremy Safran, who taught at the New School and the NYU Postdoctoral Program and maintained a psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, was killed by a burglar who had followed his daughter to their home at 155 Stratford Road.

The suspect had cased the house and then chatted up the daughter, according to the New York Post. Later, a neighbor called police and said he saw a man trying to break into the house. Cops arrived at around 6 p.m. to find Safran, 66, dead in the basement. The blood-covered suspect was found nearby in a closet with a hammer by his side, news reports said. 

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“It’s shocking because we’ve been here for 24 years,” neighbor Jillian Daniels told the Daily News. “You become so complacent you don’t think about something like this.”

Safran, according to his website, was one of the co-founders of “emotion-based psychotherapy” and studied Asian mindfulness traditions for 40 years. 

In addition to his family, Safran was devoted to his two dogs and is seen with one of them in an Instagram photo taken by his daughter and published in the Daily Mail. Safran is the author of “Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue.” For many years, he was the director of clinical training at the New School.


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