HBO Doc Leads LA DA to Reopen Durst Case
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The Los Angeles district attorney has reopened an investigation into the 2000 murder of Susan Berman, a friend of notorious New York real estate scion Bob Durst. The decision was motivated by evidence unearthed last night during the airing of episode five of HBO's documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Durst has twice been acquitted of murder and has lived (sometimes in drag) as a suspect in the deaths of his wife, Berman and neighbor Morris Black.
In one scene last night, Berman's stepson, Sareb Kaufman, called the show's producer to say he'd found a 1999 letter written to Berman by Durst. The block lettering on the envelope and misspelling of Beverly Hill as Beverley Hills matched those of an anonymous note sent to the BHPD alerting them to a cadaver at Berman's home. The New York State Police and Westchester County DA continue to investigate the former Mrs. Durst's 1982 disappearance. Since the documentary premiered, the FBI has interviewed witnesses to the crimes. [NYT]