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Matt Birkbeck A Deadly Secret

April 25, 201516 min
Originally published in 2002, with two chapters added in 2012, and a new author’s note highlighting recent developments just added in 2015, A DEADLY SECRET details the search for Durst’s first wife, medical student Kathie Durst, who went missing in 1982. Eighteen years later, a New York State police investigator re-opened the probe into Kathie’s disappearance. Birkbeck, who covered the investigation for People magazine and Reader’s Digest, is the only reporter to access Durst’s NYPD files and also broke the news about other potential Durst victims. In February 2015, HBO premiered The Jinx, an exhaustive examination of the many investigations into Robert Durst. On the eve of the final episode’s broadcast—and spurred by new evidence in the docu-series—the FBI arrested Durst in New Orleans on a warrant for first-degree murder in connection with his friend Susan Berman’s 2000 killing in Los Angeles. When police searched Durst’s Texas home the week of his arrest, they found among his

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