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NY KATHLEEN DURST: Missing from Manhattan, NY - 31 January 1982 - Age 29 - wife of Robert Durst

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Kathleen Durst was a fourth-year student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx when she was reported missing, just about four months from graduation. When Kathleen first vanished, her husband told the police he last spoke to her by phone while she was in Manhattan and he was in the family cottage in South Salem. He told police he last saw his wife at the Katonah train station, where she was planning to board a 21.15 train to Manhattan.

    On February 4, Robert Durst received a call from the supervisor at her medical school saying that she had failed to show up for class all week. The supervisor said he had last heard from her on February 1 when she called to say she was ill and would not be attending classes that day. the husband reported Kathy as missing the next day.

    Investigators now believe that Kathy Durst may have never left South Salem.

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    NamUs MP # 10293
    Kathleen Durst
    New York County, New York
    29 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 10293

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Kathleen
    Middle name
    Last name Durst
    Nickname/Alias Kathy
    Date last seen January 31, 1982 00:00
    Date entered 04/14/2011
    Age last seen 29 to years old
    Age now Unknown DOB
    Race White
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 65.0
    Weight (pounds) 120.0

    City Manhattan
    State New York
    Zip code
    County New York
    Kathleen Durst was a fourth-year student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx when she was reported missing, just about four months from graduation.
    When Kathleen first vanished, her husband told the police he last spoke to her by phone while she was in Manhattan and he was in the family cottage in South Salem. He told police he last saw his wife at the Katonah train station, where she was planning to board a 21.15 train to Manhattan.

    On February 4, he received a call from the supervisor at her medical school saying that she had failed to show up for class all week. The supervisor said he had last heard from her on February 1 when she called to say she was ill and would not be attending classes that day. the husband reported Kathy as missing the next day.
    Investigators now believe that Kathy Durst may have never left South Salem.

    Hair color Blond/Strawberry
    Head hair

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown

    pierced ears

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Investigator
    First name Joseph
    Last name Becerra
    Phone 914-277-3177
    Case number 13-043
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction State
    Agency New York State Police
    Address 1 295 State Route 100
    Address 2
    City Somers
    State New York
    Zip code 10589

    Title Detetive
    First name
    Last name Velez
    Phone 212-694-7781
    Case number KNMP08387
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency NYCPD Missing Persons Squad
    Address 1 2770 Frederick Douglas Blvd
    Address 2
    City New York
    State New York
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    The Doe Network:
    Case File 560DFNY

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    Kathleen Durst
    Missing since January 31, 1982 from Manhattan, New York.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
      • Date Of Birth: June 15, 1952
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 29 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5"; 120 lbs
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; brown eyes. Pierced ears.
      • Dentals: Available.
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Kathleen Durst was a fourth-year student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx when she was reported missing, just about four months from graduation.
    When Kathleen first vanished, her husband told the police he last spoke to her by phone while she was in Manhattan and he was in the family cottage in South Salem. He told police he last saw his wife at the Katonah train station, where she was planning to board a 21.15 train to Manhattan.

    On February 4, he received a call from the supervisor at her medical school saying that she had failed to show up for class all week. The supervisor said he had last heard from her on February 1 when she called to say she was ill and would not be attending classes that day. the husband reported Kathy as missing the next day.
    Investigators now believe that Kathy Durst may have never left South Salem.
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York Police Department
    Missing Persons Squad

    Agency Case Number: KNMP08387

    NCIC Number: M-062034905
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    New York Police Department
    New York Post
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    Akoya Bronze Member



    FEB 16 2017, 11:11 PM ET
    Murder Victim Said Robert Durst Admitted Killing Wife, Witness Says

    A longtime friend of Robert Durst testified Thursday that after a dinner in 2014, he asked the millionaire about the murder of their mutual close friend Susan Berman and got a disturbing answer.

    "It was her or me," Durst said, according to ad executive Nick Chavin.

    A year later, Durst, the subject of the HBO show "The Jinx," would be charged with the 2000 slaying of Berman, allegedly because she knew too much about his involvement in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathie.

    Prosecutors called Chavin, 72, to the witness stand during a pretrial hearing to question him about damning statements that Durst allegedly made about both women throughout the years. A judge has not yet ruled whether a jury can hear the testimony when Durst's trial gets underway.

    Chavin testified that after Kathie Durst went missing, Berman made a stunning claim: "Bob killed Kathie."

    "I said, 'No he didn't,'" Chavin testified.

    "She said, 'Yes, he did.'"

    Chavin said he asked Berman how she knew, and she replied that "he told me" and that it was an accident.

    He said Berman told him: "There's nothing anyone can do for Kathie and we have to protect him [Bob Durst] now."

    Related: The Millionaire Drifter Who Can't Run From His Past

    Chavin said that after Berman confided in him, he didn't press for further details and and "then we stopped talking about it." Chavin said he thought Kathie, who "had a bit of a drug problem," might have been killed by a dealer.

    "I didn't really want to know," he said, explaining that he did not go to authorities because he could not believe Durst had harmed Kathie — that is, until Berman was found murdered almost 20 years later.

    Chavin had talked to Berman a month before her death. "She was writing a very interesting and possibly dangerous work," he said. "She said it was very sensitive and secret."

    After Berman, a mobster's daughter, was found shot to death at her Benedict Canyon home in December 2000, police contacted Chavin and he told the investigator what Berman had said about Durst killing Kathie.

    "I began to doubt my own feelings [about Durst's innocence]," Chavin said. "Nobody else had reason to harm Susan Berman."

    After Durst was arrested in Texas for the 2001 killing and dismemberment of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, Chavin's concerns deepened.

    He had doubted that Durst killed Kathie or Berman because he didn't believe he was "capable of hands-on violence of that extreme level," Chavin said. But after Black's gruesome end, "it was like taking the gloves off... all things are possible."

    Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Durst was rebooked on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance, a small amount of marijuana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Gerald Herbert / AP
    Then, in 2014, Durst invited Chavin to dinner. He didn't say why, but Chavin had an idea.

    "I believe that the only thing it could be about were the unanswered question about the disappearance of Kathie and the death of Susan Berman," Chavin said.

    The subject didn't come up during the meal, however. It wasn't until they had left the restaurant and were on the sidewalk that Chavin reminded Durst that they had not talked about Berman.

    "Bob said, 'I had to,'" Chavin recalled. "'It was her or me. I had no choice.'"

    "It's fair to say I wasn't surprised," Chavin continued. "I was not shocked but my response was one of 'Now I know.'"

    Chavin, who appeared upset, then added, "This is not easy."

    Prosecutors kept Chavin's name under wraps before calling him to the stand for a hearing set up to collect early testimony from witnesses who were elderly or feared they could be harmed by Durst, even though he's serving a seven-year sentence on a gun possession charge.

    Related: Durst Hearing Focuses on Mystery of 1982 Phone Call

    The other witnesses who testified during the hearing were:

    • Dr. Albert Kuperman, who was the associate dean of the New York City medical school where Kathie Durst was a student when she vanished in 1982 after calling him to say she was too sick to come in. Questioning focused on whether Kuperman knew for sure that it was Kathie Durst on the other end of the line, which is significant because it could bolster or undermine her husband's account of her whereabouts before she went missing.
    • Susan Giordano, who worked for Chavin and befriended Durst in 2002 while he was jailed for Morris Black's death. She testified that they had a platonic relationship but talked about getting a "love nest" and that he gave her $350,000 in gifts and loans. Giordano was called to the stand because she had stored boxes full of Durst's personal papers — and allowed producers of the HBO program, "The Jinx," to go through them before they were seized by police in 2015.
    The defense claims that the contents of the boxes were privileged and should not be used as evidence at Durst's trial, but prosecutors contend that Durst waived that privilege when he gave "The Jinx" producers access.

    "The Jinx" examined Durst's ties to his wife's disappearance and Berman's death, as well as the 2001 death and dismemberment of Black. The series ended with Durst blurting out on a hot microphone that he "killed them all."

    In an interesting footnote, Chavin testified that in 2014, Durst tried to talk him into participating in "The Jinx," but he demurred because it seemed like a "terrible idea."

    "[Durst] didn't think they meant to do him any harm," Chavin said of the producers. "He got very, very, very upset at me for not doing it."
  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Robert Alan Durst (born April 12, 1943)[1] is an American real estate heir, the son of New York City mogul Seymour Durst, and the elder brother of Douglas Durst, head of the Durst Organization. He is suspected of foul play against three individuals in different states: Kathleen McCormack Durst, his first wife, who disappeared in New York in 1982; Susan Berman, his longtime friend, who was murdered in California in 2000; and his neighbor, Morris Black, who was killed in Texas in 2001. Durst was the subject of a multi-state manhunt and was ultimately convicted of dismembering Black, but acquitted of his murder.

    On March 14, 2015, Durst was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, on a first-degree murder warrant signed by a Los Angeles judge in relation to the Berman killing. On November 4, 2016, Durst was transferred to California and soon after was arraigned in Los Angeles on first-degree murder charges. A preliminary hearing was initially scheduled for October 2017[2]but was postponed to April 2018 due to the destruction of some of the homes of Durst's defense team during Hurricane Harvey. [3]

    Robert Durst
    Robert Alan Durst
    April 12, 1943 (age 74)
    New York City, New York, United States[1]
    Other names Bobby Durst
    Education Scarsdale High School
    Alma mater Lehigh University (B.A. Economics, 1965)
    Spouse(s) Kathie Durst (Kathleen McCormack) (m. 1973–90)
    Debrah Lee Charatan (m. 2000)
    Parent(s) Seymour Durst
    Bernice Herstein


    Crimes for which Durst has been investigated[edit]
    Police have directly questioned Durst, and sometimes conducted searches, in connection to the disappearance of his first wife Kathie McCormack, and two homicides, Susan Berman and Morris Black. In one of those homicides, he was tried and acquitted.

    Disappearance of Kathleen McCormack Durst[edit]
    In the fall of 1971, Durst met Kathleen McCormack, a dental hygienist, whose nickname was "Kathie". After two dates, Durst invited McCormack to share his home in Vermont, where he had opened a health food store; she moved there in January 1972.[14] However, Durst's father pressured him to move back to New York City to work in the family real estate business.[15] Durst and McCormack returned to Manhattan, where they married in April 1973.[14][16] After Durst and McCormack were married, McCormack became known as Kathleen McCormack Durst.

    Shortly before her disappearance, McCormack was a student in her fourth and final year at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx and was only a few months short of earning her degree.[17] She had intended to become a pediatrician.[18] McCormack was last seen by someone other than Durst the evening of January 31, 1982,[19][20] at a friend's dinner party in Newtown, Connecticut. Later on that night, McCormack unexpectedly arrived at the house of her best friend, who noticed she was upset and was wearing red sweatpants, which the friend found odd since McCormack had often dressed in much better quality clothing. She later left for South Salem, New York, after a call from her husband.[21][18] Although the couple argued and fought,[16] Durst maintained that he put his wife on a train to New York City, had a drink with a neighbor, and spoke to his wife by telephone later that evening.[22] "That's what I told police," Durst later told documentary filmmakers. "I was hoping that would just make everything go away."[22]

    After McCormack had left her friend's house, she was supposed to meet her friend at a pub called "The Lion's Gate" in Manhattan. When she failed to show up, her friend became concerned and repeatedly called the police for several days. Days later, Durst filed a missing person's report as well. A doorman at one of the two Manhattan apartments where the couple lived claimed to have seen McCormack there on February 1, which was one day after she was last seen, but also claimed that he had seen her only from behind and couldn't be 100% sure that it was her.
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    McCormack had been treated at a Bronx hospital for facial bruises three weeks before. She told a friend that Durst beat her, yet she did not press charges over the incident.[21] McCormack asked Durst for a $250,000 divorce settlement.[23]Durst had cancelled his wife's credit card, removed her name from a joint bank account, and refused to pay her medical school tuition.[24] At the time his wife disappeared, Durst had been dating Mia Farrow's sister Prudence for three years and was living in a separate apartment.[14][23][25] Durst initially offered $100,000 for his wife's return, then reduced the reward to $15,000. Not long afterwards, he was seen discarding his wife's possessions,[26] which he denied. When McCormack's friend and sister had heard she was reported missing, they broke into her cottage hoping to find her. Instead, they found the cottage ransacked and McCormack's mail left unopened. They then became afraid and left.

    Investigation and aftermath[edit]
    After McCormack went missing, police said that Durst had claimed to have last spoken to her when she called him at their cottage from Manhattan. He claimed that the last time he had seen her was at Katonah train station,[27] where she was planning to board a 21:15 train to Manhattan. He also claimed that on February 4, the supervisor at her medical school called him and said that she had called in sick on February 1 and was absent from class for the entire week. It is uncertain if it was indeed McCormack who made the call. The day after Durst received the call from McCormack's medical school, he reported her as missing. The police found his stories to be full of contradictions.

    The McCormack family now wants Kathleen declared dead as they strongly believe she is deceased.[28] Her mother Ann McCormack had before attempted to sue Durst for $100 million.[29][30] Her parents are both now deceased.[31] Kathleen's younger sister Mary McCormack Hughes also believes that Durst killed her.[32] The New York State Police quietly re-opened the criminal investigation into the disappearance in 1999, searching Durst's former South Salem residence for the first time.[16] The investigation became public in November 2000.[16][21][25]

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    Robert Durst's Wife Frightening Warning to Friends Prior to Her Disappearance

    Mar 16, 2015, 12:23 PM ET
    In the mystery surrounding the 1982 disappearance of Kathie Durst, the wife of real estate heir Robert Durst, her friends had no question who was involved.

    Four of Kathie's friends interviewed by ABC News in 2001 were all convinced that Robert Durst was connected to their friend's disappearance because she had told them as much.

    In the months and weeks leading up to her Jan. 31, 1982 disappearance, Kathie Durst told friends like Eleanor Schwank that "if anything ever happens to me, don't let Bobby get away with it."

    Durst was never charged in connection to his wife's disappearance, and even though her body was never found, she was declared dead in 2001.

    Archival footage shows interviews with Kathie's friends including Gilberte Najamy, who was the last person to see Kathie before she left to meet Robert.

    "The last conversation that I had with Kathie was a very powerful conversation and as she was leaving my house, she turned to me and said 'Gilberte, promise me if something happens to me you'll check it out. I'm afraid of what Bobby might do,'" Najamy told ABC News in 2001.

    Durst has now been charged with the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman who police believe was about to meet with investigators about Kathie's disappearance days after she was found dead.
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    REOPENED MYSTERY: A special report.; A Woman's Disappearance Is Still Baffling After 19 Years

    Kathleen Durst, the wife of a wealthy Manhattan real estate executive, had been missing for 16 years, and her disappearance had already moved from headline news to history, when an unlikely turn of events in 1998 revived interest in her case.

    It began with the arrest of a Connecticut man in a series of lewd acts in northern Westchester County. Several women and a girl of 14 had been accosted by a man who exposed himself in a car as they jogged, walked or rode horseback along isolated back roads.

    The suspect was remorseful, according to court records. Later, in a bid for leniency, he said he had information that might help solve one of New York's enduring mysteries.

    He had heard, he said, something about what had happened to Mrs. Durst in winter 1982.

    That tip, by an improbable source in an unrelated case, promised more than it delivered, but it set off an expansive new look at a disappearance that has frustrated detectives for 19 years.

    For months, the police, forensic experts, prosecutors and friends and relatives have been working again to try to figure out what happened to Mrs. Durst, a 29-year-old medical student known as Kathie who vanished just a few months short of earning her degree.

    She had been reported missing by her husband, Robert Durst, now 57, a scion of a family that, like the Trumps and Rudins, has long held royal stature in New York's real estate world.

    Mr. Durst told the police that he last saw his wife on a Sunday night boarding a train in Westchester, bound for their penthouse apartment in Manhattan. They had spent the weekend at their cottage in South Salem, he said, but his wife had headed back to the city, where medical school appointments awaited.

    Mrs. Durst never made those appointments, and the mystery of the medical student with a gleaming smile who either abandoned or was denied a life of wealth and accomplishment captivated New York. Headlines trumpeted developments. Friends tried to retrace her steps. The police found three witnesses who said they thought they had seen or heard from Mrs. Durst in the 24 hours after she boarded the train.

    But leads dwindled. Detectives retired. And though a photograph of Mrs. Durst remained on file with the New York Police Department Missing Persons Squad, the case languished.

    Until Timothy Martin appeared.

    After his arrest in the series of lewd acts, he told investigators a tale he said he had heard from others. Mrs. Durst, he said, never made it to Manhattan, according to people with direct knowledge of the investigation. She had been murdered, he said, and buried in Westchester.

    Much of Mr. Martin's story did not check out. But the state police investigator who interviewed him, Joseph C. Becerra, and the Westchester district attorney, Jeanine F. Pirro, nonetheless decided that his story warranted a review of the Durst case.

    ''And when we had a look back at the file,'' Ms. Pirro recalled, ''we said: 'My, my. Isn't this interesting.' ''

    Beginning with the odd facts and nagging questions found in the old case notes, investigators have explored gaps and discrepancies in the accounts of witnesses, and they have focused new scrutiny on whether Mr. Durst played a role in his wife's disappearance, law enforcement officials said.

    Investigators have traveled coast to coast, talking to doormen in Manhattan and housekeepers in South Salem, and tracking leads not fully explored in 1982.

    The last sightings of Mrs. Durst in Manhattan, which once served as the bedrock for police theories of her disappearance, now seem anything but ironclad, the officials said, and one of those eyewitnesses now says he was mistaken.

    Investigators have also encountered intrigue and peculiarities. Two friends who had been given confidential financial records by Mrs. Durst for safekeeping, shortly before she vanished, have said the paperwork was stolen in burglaries.

    And a close friend of Mr. Durst's, who had served as his spokeswoman after the disappearance, was found dead in a homicide in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2000, just as the police made plans to interview her.

    But after more than a year of study, investigators still appear to have more questions than answers, conflicting evidence endures, and the city police still list the disappearance as a missing persons case.

    ''The fact that we are actively involved in this case means we are looking for some resolution,'' Ms. Pirro said. ''What that resolution is we still don't know.'

    Mr. Durst has declined to be interviewed by investigators on the advice of his lawyer, according to people involved in the case. Neither he nor his lawyer, Joel Cohen, would comment for this article. But he has repeatedly said he had no role in his wife's disappearance.

    Ms. Pirro does not call him a suspect. ''I am not ruling him in or ruling him out,'' she said. But people involved in the case said her office was intrigued by his official accounts and by evidence of turmoil in the Durst marriage.

    The Hippie Life in Vermont

    Robert and Kathie Durst met when she lived in a Durst-owned building in Manhattan. She was a bright and ambitious dental hygienist from Long Island, who went on to nursing and medical school. He was the athletic, droll, faintly reclusive oldest son of Seymour Durst, the patriarch of the Durst real estate empire. They married in 1972, moved to Vermont and opened a health food store called All Good Things.

    ''They started out as two people who really cared for each other, living a hippie life in Vermont,'' said Eleanor Schwank, a friend of Mrs. Durst's.

    Seymour Durst, however, did not like the idea of his son as a shopkeeper, relatives say, and persuaded him to return to New York to help expand a portfolio that included some of the city's best-known skyscrapers.

    By 1980, though, the marriage was dissolving, and Mrs. Durst hired a lawyer in 1981 and considered divorce. Court records in a subsequent proceeding over control of her estate show that she told friends and family that Robert Durst had beat her, and three weeks before she disappeared, she said he had punched her, forcing her to seek treatment.

    Mr. Durst denied hitting his wife, asserting that she invented the assaults to increase a possible settlement. Longtime friends of the couple also said in interviews that they never saw Mrs. Durst with injuries.

    But friends said it was clear that Mrs. Durst distrusted her husband. Two friends told investigators that she had given them confidential information about Durst holdings for safekeeping during her estrangement. Those files were later stolen from their homes in burglaries that occurred within a year of the disappearance.
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    Family of Robert Durst’s First Wife Asks Court to Declare Her Dead
    By CHARLES V. BAGLIJULY 14, 2016

    Kathleen Durst’s storybook marriage to a wealthy real estate heir had descended into violence and recrimination by 1982, when she suddenly vanished on a rainy winter night from the couple’s stone cottage on Lake Truesdale, about 50 miles northeast of Manhattan.

    Ms. Durst’s body never turned up. Nor is there an official crime scene.

    Now, more than 34 years later, her family is asking Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan to finally “declare that Kathie died on Jan. 31, 1982, when she was murdered by her husband, Robert Durst.”

    Legally, Ms. Durst has been considered an “absentee.” But for decades her family, her friends and investigators in three states have suspected that Mr. Durst killed his wife in the midst of a heated argument on that rainy night.

    This month, Mr. Durst’s lawyers responded in Surrogate’s Court, saying that it “can and should presume that she died three years after the date of her unexplained absence.” (Three years is the time after which a missing person may legally be presumed to have died.) The lawyers deny the allegations that Mr. Durst murdered her.

    They also contend that Ms. Durst’s family is making an “ill-motivated and legally flawed” request based on “inadmissible hearsay” and a “heavily edited, sensationalized ‘docudrama’ called ‘The Jinx,’” which was broadcast by HBO in 2015.

    “The Jinx,” a six-part documentary, included lengthy interviews with Mr. Durst, who conceded that his marriage was punctuated by “fighting, slapping, pushing,” and that he lied to the police about talking to Ms. Durst after she left their house on Lake Truesdale for the last time.

    “The court only has to decide that it’s probable that Kathie died on Jan. 31, 1982,” said Robert Abrams, a lawyer representing her family. “The court doesn’t have to decide anything else. But given the totality of the circumstances and what’s come to light over the past 35 years, what possible explanation can there be, other than that Robert Durst killed her?”

    Ms. Durst’s mother, Ann McCormack, who was said to have clung to life in the hope of justice for her daughter, died at home on May 15 at the age of 102. Ms. McCormack’s daughter, Carol Bamonte, now represents her mother’s estate.

    Ms. Durst shown on a Police Department webpage for missing people. Credit New York Police Department
    Separately, the family has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Mr. Durst.

    Lawyers had assumed that Ms. Durst had already been declared dead. In 1999, her court-appointed guardian concluded that “there is no evidence that Kathleen may be alive.” Mr. Durst then sought a portion of her estate in Surrogate’s Court.

    At the time, a temporary administrator prepared a stipulation for all the parties — including Mr. Durst — to sign, declaring that Ms. Durst was dead. Mr. Durst never signed the document.

    The Surrogate’s Court battle is only the latest chapter in the bizarre tale of Mr. Durst’s life of privilege, mystery and mayhem. The Dursts own a dozen skyscrapers in Manhattan, although Mr. Durst has long been estranged from his family.

    Mr. Durst, 73, frail and worth an estimated $100 million, is currently in jail on gun charges in New Orleans. He is awaiting extradition to California, where he has been charged with the December 2000 killing of his onetime confidante, Susan Berman, allegedly to prevent her from revealing to the authorities his role in Ms. Durst’s disappearance.

    In 2003, Mr. Durst was acquitted of murder in Galveston, Tex., despite admitting in court that he had dismembered his neighbor’s body and thrown the body parts into Galveston Bay. Mr. Durst insisted that the man’s death was both an accident and an act of self-defense.

    Dick DeGuerin, Mr. Durst’s lead lawyer in the Galveston case and now in Los Angeles, insists that his client had nothing to do with either Ms. Berman’s death or the disappearance of his wife.
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    NY Daily News
    Robert Durst married Kathie McCormack (later Durst) in 1973

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    Daily Mail
    Robert and Kathleen Durst are seen in 1982. Kathleen disappeared later that year

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    Robert Durst, escorted into a Texas courtroom

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    The cottage on Truesdale Lake in South Salem


    South Salem is a hamlet in Lewisboro, Westchester County, in the U.S. state of New York. Part of the New York metropolitan area, the town center has a post office, town hall, library, and recycling center.


    South Salem, New York
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    He told police he last saw his wife at the Katonah train station, where she was planning to board a 21.15 train to Manhattan.

    The Katonah Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Westchester County village of Katonah, New York, via the Harlem Line.

    City of New York : New York Map | MTA Metro North Railroad Route Map


    Katonah (Metro-North station)

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    Robert Durst attacked pal before wife’s disappearance
    By Chris Perez
    July 24, 2017 | 10:36pm

    Real estate heir Robert Durst attacked one of his friends without warning before his wife disappeared — viciously kicking him in the face with a pointed cowboy boot — in what prosecutors described as a precursor to her presumed murder.

    The unprovoked assault came to light Monday during the pretrial testimony of Peter Schwartz, the alleged victim.

    Los Angeles county prosecutors called the Connecticut therapist to the stand in hopes of tying the violent incident to the unsolved disappearance of Robert’s wife, Kathleen Durst — who went missing in 1982.

    It was January 1981 when Schwartz claimed the attack went down.

    He had been at a party with some pals — at the Dursts home in Manhattan — when the Big Apple millionaire allegedly flew into a fit of rage after returning home from a nightclub.

    “He said, ‘You’re the only guy here,'” Schwartz testified, adding that Durst looked “very agitated” over the fact that Kathleen was one of several women to stay behind with him.

    “He was enraged,” Schwartz said, according to the LA Times.

    “Bent on doing harm.”

    A few seconds later, Durst snapped — flying across the room and kicking Scwartz right in the eye, he said.

    The former friend, who was later treated for a fractured orbital bone, wound up filing charges against the real estate scion.

    Schwartz testified that after the assault, Kathleen told he and the others who were at the party that Durst owned a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it.

    “She seemed concerned and terrified,” Schwartz said.

    He added that Kathleen called him on January 31, 1982 — the last time she was seen alive — and asked him if he was still following though with his legal case against Durst.

    Schwartz said she became angry with him and the call eventually ended on bad terms.

    Prosecutors on Monday later told the judge that they believed Kathleen ultimately went home that day and got into an argument with Durst over the subject, right before he presumably killed her.

    While the 29-year-old’s body has never been found, authorities believe her husband disposed of it somehow after her murder — much like he did with his former neighbor, Morris Black, whom he chopped up and tossed into the Gulf of Mexico in 2001.

    Durst was acquitted for that slaying after he claimed to be acting in self-defense.

    The 74-year-old is currently awaiting trial in LA for the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, inside her Benedict Canyon home in 2000.

    Prosecutors say he carried out the execution-style shooting because Berman had damning information about his wife’s disappearance.

    Durst was charged with first-degree murder in 2015 just one day after HBO aired a documentary about the case — titled “The Jinx.”

    During filming, he was caught on camera saying: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

    Durst’s trial is not expected to begin until 2018, but the judge has been allowing prosecutors and defense attorneys to gather early testimony from witnesses who are elderly or might not be alive when he is tried.
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