The marathon opening statement of the prosecutor, Deputy District attorney John Lewin, continued for a second day yesterday. It was difficult not to get a sense that Lewin was landing a series of knockout blows that Durst – and DeGuerin – would simply never recover from. One of the devastating blows included never-before-seen crime scene images of Durst’s neighbor’s dismembered remains.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES.
Incredibly, Durst disposed of Morris Black in bags filled with the receipts he used to buy them, as well as a newspaper identifying the residence where Black had lived – an astoundingly daft error by the eldest son of the Durst Dynasty. It was the sort of dumb ass thing we’d associate with Chris Watts leaving the bedsheet out in plain sight after going to the trouble to dispose of his daughters in oil tanks at a remote well site.
As crazy cases go, the Durst case is one of the weirdest and most gruesome. Durst himself seems to be a combination of feckless and enterprising. The murder of Morris Black, Durst’s neighbor, is a prime example. While Durst showed some skill with his surgical amputation of his neighbor’s limbs, cutting him up at the joints, like a chicken, he stupidly tossed the severed limbs in black garbage bags in Galveston Bay, and these simply washed back ashore almost immediately. All this against a background of marijuana smoking and Durst himself dressing in drag.
Durst is a fascinating character, fascinatingly disturbing as both the architect of what may be multiple murders, and the developer of his own demise. His reckless snarkiness, which is arguably the reason he is who is in the first place, is why he is where is, and having to account right now for his sins. John Lewin at one point describes Durst describing how he cut up Morris Black’s cadaver, and instantly referring to the man as an object, a thing, an it. After Lewin’s statement, it will be difficult for the jury not to feel the same way about the repulsive, reptilian creature blinking black-eyed in front of them.
Durst’s rich, rolicking rollercoaster ride feels like it’s over at long last, doesn’t it? But let’s not be premature. The defense still have to present their opening statements. That’s next.