Businessman Robert Durst is currently on trial for the murder of his friend, Susan Berman. Now New York police say that they have a new lead in the disappearance of Durst’s first wife, Kathie McCormack Durst.
The Disappearance of Kathie McCormack Durst
Durst and McCormack were married on April 12, 1973. Durst was the son of a rich real estate mogul; his new bride was studying to become a pediatrician.
By the early 1980s, the marriage was in trouble. The couple stayed in separate apartments and McCormack Durst was seeking a divorce.
She was last seen by someone other than her husband on January 31, 1982. Virtually no trace of her has been found since then.
The New Lead
Did Robert Durst kill his wife? According to the six-part HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the answer may be yes. At the end of the documentary, Durst is recorded talking to himself, saying, “There it is. You’re caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
In the case of McCormack Durst’s disappearance, there has never been enough strong evidence to arrest Durst. But now the New York Police Department (NYPD) says it received a new tip about his wife’s disappearance in November.
The tip was provided by Detective Monty Velez from the NYPD Missing Persons unit in an affidavit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
However, the specifics of the information cannot be revealed at this time.
A lawyer representing the missing woman’s sisters contends that the NYPD is just creating “the illusion” of an ongoing investigation. A lawsuit pitting the sisters against the NYPD alleges that police worked with an ex-cop hired by the Durst family to cover up Robert Durst’s role in his wife’s death.
Where Is Kathie McCormack Durst?
The literal million-dollar question is: where is Kathie? The answer would not only give her family a bit of closure but also help settle the current lawsuit.
If she were to be found alive, this would counter the first-degree murder charge laid against Durst. Authorities allege that Durst killed his friend Berman, fearing she might aid the investigation into his wife’s disappearance.
However, most people connected to the case believe that Kathie McCormack Durst is dead. She was legally declared dead earlier in 2017 in spite of the absence of a body.
Even if this new lead pans out, the NYPD and McCormack Durst’s family will have to wait until the Los Angeles trial for the Berman killing is settled first.
Since Robert Durst is 74 years old and reportedly in poor health, there is no guarantee that he will ever face trial for his wife’s disappearance.