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Robert Abrams, the family lawyer of Kathleen McCormack Durst (left) has called on Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah to resign after citing ‘missed opportunities’ for why it took nearly 40 years to indict Robert Durst (right) of Murder. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Robert Abrams, an attorney representing the family of Kathleen McCormack Durst, called on Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah to resign after citing ‘missed opportunities’ as one of the reasons it took nearly 40 years to build a case against Kathleen recently. -deceased ex-husband and descendant of real estate Robert Durst.

Rocah on Wednesday released an investigative report into the Jan. 31, 1982 murder of Kathleen, attributing “missed opportunities” and “tunnel vision” by various officials as the reason it took so long to mount a case against Durst.

“We are able to see now how some missed opportunities by law enforcement officials leading the early stages of the investigation may have contributed to delaying the filing of charges in this case,” Rocah said. “Those of us in law enforcement, who are always looking to better serve victims, can and should examine how this case was handled and what, if anything, we can learn about the crucial early stages of criminal investigations when people with status, wealth and power are involved.

Abrams, of Lake Success-based Abrams Fensterman LLP, said the McCormack family only knew about Rocah’s press conference after the fact and called on Rocah to resign after presenting “false statements and omissions” surrounding the case.

“Many people, including members of the Durst family, knowingly and intentionally participated in a criminal conspiracy to help Robert Durst avoid prosecution,” Abrams said in a statement. “Today the Westchester County District Attorney sanctioned these unlawful acts and attempted to explain how money, power and influence allowed a killer to escape justice.”

A graduate of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Kathleen McCormack married Durst in 1971 before disappearing on January 31, 1982; His body was never found.

Thirty-six years after her disappearance, she was pronounced dead by a Manhattan court in 2017. Last year, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office reopened the cold case investigating the disappearance of Kathleen Durst.

Durst had long been suspected of being responsible for the disappearance of Kathleen Durst, a case for which he was charged last year with second-degree murder. In HBO’s 2015 miniseries “The Jinx,” Durst was recorded saying, “What did I do? I killed them all, of course,” over a searing mic, previously had denied the allegations.

The California Department of Corrections said Durst, 78, died of natural causes on Jan. 10 while being treated at a hospital. In October, Durst contracted COVID-19, days after he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for killing his longtime friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Abrams’ comments about Rocah came less than a week after he announced he planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Durst’s estate, seeking more than $100 million. Abrams also said he will continue to prosecute those he believes helped cover up Robert Durst’s alleged murder of Kathleen Durst.

Another announcement will come from Abrams, he said, on Jan. 31, the 40th anniversary of Kathleen Durst’s death.

“In the meantime, we ask the public to consider why the current Westchester prosecutor and his predecessors are still unwilling to tell the truth about why it took nearly forty years for Robert Durst to be charged,” said Abrams.

Efforts to reach Rocah for further comment were unsuccessful.