Birkbeck also reports that Durst has been under surveillance by his brother Douglas since his 2006 release from prison, and that he spooked his family after he was seen in a midtown Manhattan bookstore reading a book on serial killer Ted Bundy. Durst’s family, owners of the powerful Durst Organization, reported his recent activity to the Westchester County authorities, who are still investigating the 1982 disappearance of his wife Kathie.
Author Matt Birkbeck also reports in the new chapter written exclusively for the Kindle edition that Durst remains the one and only suspect in the 2000 murder of his best friend Susan Berman, but the probe is still in limbo after police compromised their own investigation with differing handwriting analysis of a “cadaver” letter written by Berman’s killer. Durst also remains under suspicion for the 1997 disappearance of a teenager in northern California.
“I did some additional reporting to see if there was anything new to report for the digital release and I was stunned,” said Birkbeck, who wrote the international bestseller A Beautiful Child and critically acclaimed Sammy Davis, Jr. bio Deconstructing Sammy (“Sensational,”
A DEADLY SECRET, first published in 2003, told the true story behind the 1982 disappearance of Kathie Durst and detailed the murders of Morris Black in Texas and Susan Berman in Los Angeles. A Texas jury acquitted Durst of murdering Black even though Durst admitted he killed him. He has not been charged in the Berman case.
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