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