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Douglas Durst on Robert: He’d kill me given the chance

Durst Organization head calls his sibling a "true psychopath"

January 02, 2015 08:15AM

From left: Robert Durst and Douglas Durst

From left: Robert Durst and Douglas Durst

In anticipation of a new six-part HBO series about the life of Robert Durst — a Shakespearean tale of real estate, estranged brothers and murder — Durst Organization chair Douglas Durst has spoken up about his sibling for the first time. Douglas, who was named as the head of the company in 1994 instead of his brother Robert, told the New York Times that he is worried about how his family — especially his father, the late Seymour Durst — will be portrayed in the upcoming documentary.

Douglas Durst, 70, refused to be interviewed for the series. “Bob is incapable of telling the truth,” Douglas Durst told the newspaper. “He is a true psychopath, beyond any emotions. That’s why he does things, so he can experience the emotions that other people have vicariously. Because he has absolutely none of his own.”

Robert Durst was accused of — but never charged with — murdering his first wife and, a few years later, a friend. Douglas, in the interview with the New York Times, said that during that time, multiple of Robert’s dogs mysteriously died and disappeared.

“Before the disappearance of my sister-in-law, Bob had a series of Alaskan Malamutes, which is like a husky,” Douglas Durst said in the interview. “He had seven of them, and they all died, mysteriously, of different things, within six months of his owning them. All of them named Igor. We don’t know how they died, and what happened to their bodies.”

In retrospect, Douglas Durst said, “I now believe he was practicing killing and disposing his wife with those dogs.”

In 2000 Robert Durst was acquitted of the murder of a Galveston, Texas, neighbor. While he admitted to dismembering the man’s body and disposing of it in the Bay, he was acquitted based on self-defense.

About his own troubled relationship with his brother, Douglas Durst said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that if he had the opportunity to kill me, he would.” But at least, the real estate scion told the newspaper, “I am pretty certain that until the series is over, he is not going to kill me.” [NYT] Claire Moses

  • Stateguy

    Oy Vey!

  • MidtownGuy

    How the hell is this guy walking free? Thanks, Texas. If he wasn’t a rich white guy he would have fried.

    • GUEST

      NYC POLICE– nyc COURTS / pols , LAWYERS FROM 7734- JUDGE PIRRO AND GANGSTER BOYFRIEND / HUSBAND {wasn’t she involved in with mayor g’s downfall with rogue head of detectives?} $$$$$$$$– WHY? -BECAUSE VOTERS DON’T THROW THE GARBAGE OUT !!!

  • doodle

    same trash again tues night, repeat— boobie looking to get his quarters in for social security. looks like ROMAN POLANSKI WANNABE WAS SOLD OUT BY HBO— $36 MILLION FROM DURST ORG WOULD HAVE BEEN SPENT BETTER IN VEGAS— NO, THE BLACK GRAMMACIES AND WHITE “GRANNIES” DIDN’T CUT INTO VIEWING % – j law , WE HAVE SEEN ALL- WHAT A CRAPPY MOVIE- 2 MORE COMING

  • GUEST

    FEDS ARE INVOLVED MURDERS ACROSS STATE LINES

  • doodle

    bi-tribal marriage ??? – i didn’t like susan and don’t like his “supposed legal beagle wife” both jam their views or relie on past untruths – EVERY LEGAL CASE HAS BEEN STONEWALLED – POLICE RECORDS ARE BLANK , MISSING , VAGUE . THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS ON TRIAL – FEDERAL INTERVENTION

  • guest

    “live by the sword- die by the sword”— in this case MONEY the lawyers are circling

  • doodle

    robie – paid hbo to air – the viewers paid hbo to watch -non stop 6 weeks of the ” ice /snow storm” – gee ,- “hungry games” & “88 crazy shades” tv /movies parallel world conditions then effect the upbringing of our youth- our most valuable asset / treasure

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