Mr. Durst has by no means been charged in connection along with his spouse’s disappearance regardless of investigations by the New York Police Division, the State Police and the Westchester County District Lawyer’s Workplace. His attorneys have emphasised that there was no weapon, fingerprints or fibers connecting him to her disappearance and dying.
On Friday, after the decision was introduced, the household of Mr. Durst’s spouse issued a press release calling on prosecutors to pursue a case in her dying as effectively. “Though Durst has now been rightly convicted of killing Susan Berman, who helped him conceal the reality about Kathie’s dying, the McCormack household remains to be ready for justice,” the assertion stated. “Kathie remains to be ready for justice.”
Kathie McCormack had married Mr. Durst in 1973 after a whirlwind romance.
However the relationship had descended into arguments, pushing and shoving, Mr. Durst acknowledged in interviews with filmmakers. Amid escalating violence within the marriage, Kathie McCormack Durst all of a sudden vanished on Jan. 31, 1982.
Ms. Berman, a journalist, acted as Mr. Durst’s media liaison throughout the ensuing tabloid frenzy. Prosecutors stated he had confided in Ms. Berman, who helped him evade the authorities. It was Ms. Berman, prosecutors stated, who made a vital telephone name whereas posing as Mr. Durst’s spouse that made it seem that she was nonetheless alive and steered detectives away from the precise crime scene.
The disappearance of Kathie McCormack Durst has lengthy been each within the background and on the core of this case towards Mr. Durst.
Throughout the trial, proof was launched that positioned Mr. Durst at Ms. Berman’s home in December 2000. For almost 20 years, Mr. Durst had denied that he was even in Los Angeles on the time of her killing. He additionally had denied that he was the writer of an nameless observe despatched to the Police Division alerting officers to the presence of a “cadaver” at Ms. Berman’s dwelling, on the sting of Beverly Hills.
In hearings that occurred earlier than the trial, Mr. Durst’s attorneys vigorously disputed proof by doc examiners who had recognized Mr. Durst because the writer of that observe. However a buddy of Mr. Durst’s, Emily Altman, below withering questioning by Mr. Lewin, blurted out that Mr. Durst had informed her he was in Beverly Hills on the time of Ms. Berman’s dying.
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