The women, who wed in 2005, separated last year, but stayed living in the home they shared since 2000. Though admittedly depressed over the break-up, Burger, who worked for Huffington Post, seemed to be pulling through, her friends say, but something went horribly awry last week.
According to investigators, Burger stabbed Kalish 222 times in the back of the with a screwdriver, stuffed her body into Kalish’s BMW and parked the car behind a medical office. A pedestrian found Kalish’s keys and wallet on Thursday, and called Burger’s home in an attempt to return the items. It was only then that Burger reported Kalish missing and claimed her lover had gone to the gym Wednesday night and never returned. Police were suspicious from the get-go. And rightfully so:
As investigators studied the case, several telltale signs, including the ferocity and personal nature of the attack, pointed to Burger, they said.
But before they could question her, Burger walked out into her back yard, pressed a gun up under her chin and pulled the trigger, police said. Detectives found her body there last Thursday but couldn’t locate a suicide note.
In the days that followed, detectives and crime scene investigators put together this theory:
On Wednesday night, Kalish exercised at LA Fitness at 2290 N. Congress Ave. and was home by 9:30 p.m. A confrontation ensued, and she probably was dead by midnight.
After stabbing Kalish, Burger put her in the BMW and drove her to the Congress Avenue site. She walked home, a distance of about 2 1/2 miles.
Burger cleaned up the garage and used the washing machine and bathroom sink, where traces of Kalish’s blood were later detected. She got into her Toyota Celica, drove to Gateway Boulevard and tossed out Kalish’s keys and wallet.
On Tuesday night, detectives proved their theory, said Lt. Gary Chapman, who heads the department’s major crimes squad.
Using Luminol, a chemical agent that causes blood traces to fluoresce under ultraviolet light, they found a “tremendous amount of blood” splattered throughout the garage, where the attack must have taken place, Chapman said. The Luminol also revealed Burger’s glowing sneaker prints on the garage floor, mapping her steps after she walked through her old flame’s blood.