Before she was fatally shot, Robert Durst’s friend Susan Berman reportedly confided in a friend about the disappearance of his wife Kathy Durst.
Durst, the wealthy heir to a New York City real estate dynasty, is on trial for the 2000 murder of Berman, Durst’s close friend who was fatally shot at her Los Angeles home in December of that year. As previously reported, prosecutors believe Durst killed Berman because she had information about Kathy Durst’s disappearance and presumed death. Katy has not been seen alive since 1982, when she and her husband were living in Westcheter, New York.
According to the Daily Beast, Berman’s friend Susan Harmon testified on Monday about a phone call she received from Berman in 1982, reportedly hours after Berman vanished.
“She said that her friend Bobby had had a fight with his wife. She didn’t know what she was going to do. He’d had a fight, there was an accident on the stairs, and that she had to do something,” Harmon testified, according to the report, adding that Berman was very upset and “agitated” during the call.
“She called me upset, and she was going to do something about it,” Harmon testified. “She got him out of a pickle.”
The report does not indicate whether Harmon offered any further details about what Berman did in response to the news about Kathy Durst.
As previously reported, the murder trial was temporarily suspended late last week after Durst, who has bladder cancer, was briefly hospitalized. His attorneys have unsuccessfully pushed to have the trial dismissed due the 78-year-old defendant’s health woes. According to the Daily Beast, a urinary tract infection and sepsis led to Durst’s hositalization.
The trial is expected to continue on Tuesday.
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