After months of testimony and evidence spanning four decades, prosecutors made their case to the jury Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Durst, 78, silenced Susan Berman in December 2000 before she could tell authorities how she provided a phony alibi when his wife, Kathie McCormack Durst, disappeared in 1982. Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster who became friends with Durst when they met in the 1960s at the University of California, Los Angeles, was found dead inside her L.A. home.
“You can’t tell which part of that soup is tainted, and which part of that soup is not tainted. It’s all infected with lies,” said Deputy District attorney Habib Balian, who displayed a photo of a cockroach plucked from a bowl of soup on a courtroom screen.
Authorities said Berman posed as Kathie Durst over a phone call where she called in sick to the medical school where Durst was a student. Durst was dead by that time, Balian said.