A body inside a wall, DNA that freed a lifer — all in a day’s work for longtime NJ prosecutor

March 31, 2017
Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi, talks about some of his more intersting cases and what lies ahead for him after his retirement. Bernardi is one of the longest serving county prosecutors in NJ and is being replaced by a new Christie appointee after serving nearly 20 yrs.

By Staff

Robert Bernardi has seen too many bodies, including one that was wrapped in plastic and sealed behind a wall inside a Philadelphia rowhouse.

“That was a scene right out of Edgar Allan Poe,” the Burlington County prosecutor said recalling that hot August day in 2001 when he was at the shore and received a call about the discovery of the remains of Kimberly Szumski, a Cinnaminson, N.J., mother of two who had been missing for three months. Later, he watched as investigators removed cinderblocks and then the body.

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