A Post front page from 2003 was among the media clips shown to jurors at Robert Durst’s murder trial during the prosecution’s opening statement Wednesday.
A videotaped interview of Durst played in LA Superior Court included a close-up shot of the headline “The Durst Tapes” — touting an exclusive by Post columnist Andrea Peyser.
The story revealed how jailhouse recordings led authorities to suspect that Durst was plotting to murder his younger brother, Douglas, the head of his family’s real estate empire, who is expected to testify against him.
Durst, 76, is charged with one count of murder for the alleged execution-style slaying of his best friend, Susan Berman, more than two decades ago inside her Beverly Hills cottage.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin argued that the scandalized scion shot Berman so she wouldn’t cooperate with a fresh probe into his alleged murder of his first wife.
Lewin used a Post story to illustrate the intense media storm that surrounded Kathie Durst’s disappearance in 1982.
The paper’s Feb. 8 front-page blared, “Vanishes! Search for beautiful wife of developer” alongside a photo of Kathie, then 29.
Her body has never been found, and Durst has been a longtime suspect.
Prosecutors also displayed excerpts from four Post stories printed after Kathie was last seen.
Lewin argued that Durst killed his wife and then Berman to prevent her from telling authorities that she helped him cover up the crime.
A few months later, Durst fatally shot his friend Morris Black in Texas, where he was hiding out from New York authorities. A jury acquitted Durst of that murder finding that he had acted in self-defense.
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