Jill Biden’s ex-husband Bill Stevenson has been approached to be a potential star witness over the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s wife Kathie, in line with report.
Sources near the investigation instructed News 12 that New York investigators have reached out to Stevenson for questioning. It follows his bombshell revelation that he had been having an affair with Kathie and Durst came upon about it simply ten days earlier than she went lacking.
Stevenson, who was married to Jill between 1970 and 1975 and claims she cheated on him with Joe Biden, claimed he slept with Kathie at her and Durst’s New York City condo again in January 1982.
The morning after, Durst confirmed up on the condo, threatening Kathie and slamming a wad of rolled up money in her face, he claimed.
Just 10 days later, Kathie vanished without a hint.
Jill Biden’s ex-husband Bill Stevenson (pictured) has been approached to be a potential star witness over the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s wife Kathie, in line with report
Kathie and Robert Durst collectively. Sources stated that New York investigators have reached out to Stevenson for questioning following his bombshell revelation that he had been having an affair with Kathie and that Durst came upon about it simply ten days earlier than she went lacking
Investigators are stated to have been none the wiser till Stevenson spoke out to News 12 about the incident earlier this 12 months – regardless of Stevenson saying he reported it to police when Kathie disappeared.
His model of occasions might present prosecutors with a potential motive for Durst killing his wife.
Now, he is anticipated to be known as as a star witness to testify in entrance of a grand jury in Westchester, as District Attorney Mimi Rocah pursues expenses towards convicted assassin Durst virtually 4 many years on from when his wife was final seen alive.
Several different witnesses have additionally been known as to testify within the proceedings that are attributable to start no later than Monday on the Westchester County Courthouse.
This means it is probably that the grand jury panel might be chosen by the tip of this week.
While these different witnesses haven’t been recognized, they’re anticipated to incorporate a number of of Kathie’s buddies and family members.
It emerged earlier this month that Rocah was pursuing expenses towards Durst, now 78, over Kathie’s disappearance after he was convicted in September of murdering his greatest pal Susan Berman in a gangland-execution fashion homicide in her Los Angeles residence in 2000.
Durst, who allegedly killed Berman as a result of she knew an excessive amount of about what occurred to Kathie, is attributable to be sentenced in that case Thursday.
Kathie – beforehand often known as Kathie McCormack – vanished in New York again on January 31 1982.
Her physique has by no means been discovered and nobody has ever been charged in connection to her disappearance.
Stevenson stated he and Jill hosted the Dursts at their residence in Delaware (above) one time in 1974
Stevenson claimed he slept with Kathie (pictured) at her NYC condo again in January 1982. The morning after, Durst confirmed up on the condo, threatening Kathie and slamming a wad of rolled up money in her face, he claimed. Just 10 days later, Kathie vanished
Kathie’s household has lengthy maintained that she was murdered by her husband – the wealthy inheritor of one of the crucial highly effective actual property corporations within the Big Apple.
She and Durst had been stated to be having marital issues on the time and their relationship was marred by home violence.
Durst’s model of occasions repeatedly modified over the years about the final time he spoke to his wife.
Stevenson instructed News 12 earlier this 12 months that he and Kathie had been buddies since they had been youngsters and that he and Jill had hosted her and Durst at their residence in Delaware in 1974.
While Jill and Kathie ‘hit it off’ through the go to, Stevenson stated he observed Durst behaving oddly.
‘I bear in mind him speaking to himself in my storage. To me it was like, ‘oh my god’,’ he recalled.
Stevenson stated his friendship with Kathie solely grew to become intimate in January 1982 – when he was divorced from Jill however Kathie was nonetheless married to Durst.
He stated Kathie started confiding in him that she was afraid of her husband and he visited her 5 instances between 1981 and 1982.
Real property inheritor (pictured in August at his trial for Susan Berman’s homicide) Durst is the lead suspect in Kathie’s 1982 disappearance
‘She stated I’m having an actual downside with Robert and I’m scared to demise,’ he stated.
‘She stated he was being violent with her. At that time, she could not belief anyone round her that knew Robert.’
It was on one journey to go to Kathie at her Manhattan penthouse condo that issues grew to become romantic, he stated.
‘She was on this silk nightie. Nothing was stated. She grabbed my hand, led me again to the bed room,’ he stated.
‘We closed the door and life modified for each of us. Totally surprising. Beautiful night time. No regrets.’
Stevenson recalled Durst turning up on the condo the next morning and discovering him there – with Kathie telling her husband she was leaving him,
‘The subsequent factor I notice we hear pounding on the door, it is 7.30 within the morning, she runs out of the bed room, runs again in and says it’d bob,’ he stated.
‘I jumped up and ran out, he screams one thing and he had a wad of money and he hit her proper within the face with it. He started yelling: ‘Kathleen, this is not going to occur.’
‘She begins yelling: ‘I’m shifting to Delaware! I’m finished! We’re finished!’ I’m like sitting there, I’m in shock. People have to grasp, this man is a monster. I noticed it in his eyes.’
When Kathie went lacking days later, Stevenson stated he went straight to the police however nobody adopted up on his report.
Kathie’s household need Durst’s present wife Debrah Charatan (pictured with Durst) additionally charged, accusing her of serving to him cowl up Kathie’s homicide
‘I acquired in my automobile, went to the nineteenth precinct – actually inside 24 hours – and stated: ‘Nuh uh. He killed her.’
‘[The cop] wrote a pair issues down, and stated ‘we’ll get again to you.’ I by no means heard a phrase again from them,’ he stated.
Stevenson stated he believes Durst killed her after discovering their affair and described himself because the ‘lacking link on this case.’
He stated he seems like he ‘let her down’ and sometimes wonders ‘what might I’ve finished in a different way’ – however insists he has no regrets about their affair.
‘I do not really feel responsible about that. He was abusing her and she or he wished out. And I really feel like if one thing occurred fantastic on the finish of her life, I hope this was it,’ he stated.
‘I’m sorry. I simply hope that she had the identical ideas on the finish there.’
The First Lady has by no means spoken publicly about the case or talked about assembly the Dursts previously.
With testimony anticipated to start subsequent week in a transparent signal that expenses could also be imminent towards Durst, Kathie’s household have additionally requested for expenses to be introduced towards Durst’s present wife Debrah Charatan.
The McCormack household’s lawyer Robert Abrams claimed final month that Charatan staged a pretend marriage with Durst and helped him cowl up Kathie’s homicide.
Kathie and Robert Durst pictured collectively. She vanished in January 1982 and has by no means been seen alive since
Kathie and Robert Durst on their wedding ceremony day. Her household are satisfied he murdered her
Charatan vehemently denies the allegations, saying: ‘Ms. Charatan was by no means married to a different particular person whereas married to Mr. Durst.
‘It is unhappy that lawyer Robert Abrams is deceptive the McCormack household and the general public. The McCormack household deserves higher.’
Kathie’s household additionally requested to talk at Durst’s sentencing for Berman’s homicide on Thursday – a request which was denied.
Abrams instructed the Los Angeles Times he was shocked to listen to her household ‘would not be allowed to offer a sufferer impression assertion’ slamming the choice ‘appalling.’
‘You have an obligation to assist and shield the rights of victims and their households, together with by notifying them of their proper to make a sufferer impression assertion. Yet, somewhat than advocate for the McCormack household you have got sought to silence them,’ Abrams wrote in a letter to prosecutors on Monday.
‘Your conduct is appalling and your motives are unethical.’
During the trial, prosecutors stated Durst had killed Kathie – regardless of him by no means going through expenses and the trial being for the homicide of Berman.
The jury additionally upheld the particular circumstances allegation that Berman was killed due to her data about Kathie’s disappearance.
Durst was accused of capturing Berman point-blank at the back of her head after New York authorities reopened the investigation into Kathie’s disappearance in 2000 and wished to talk to her as a long-time confidante of his.
Prosecutors stated Berman knew an excessive amount of about what occurred to Kathie and so she was silenced.
Berman is thought to have helped Durst cowl his tracks after his wife’s disappearance, posing as Kathie to cellphone her medical college to say she was sick on the morning after she was final seen alive.
Durst was convicted of murdering his greatest pal Susan Berman (pictured collectively) in a gangland-execution fashion homicide in her Los Angeles residence in 2000
This led investigators to consider Durst’s model of occasions that he noticed her board a prepare to New York City on the night time of January 31 1982 after they spent the weekend at their residence in South Salem, Westchester County.
He claimed he spoke to his wife when she arrived at their Manhattan penthouse and had cocktails with his neighbor later that night time.
Investigators later discovered no proof of Kathie ever boarding the prepare or arriving into New York and Durst later confessed to mendacity about their cellphone name and his drinks with a neighbor.
Kathie was legally declared lifeless in 2017 with the date of her demise put at January 31 1982.
Her husband is the only suspect in her disappearance.
Durst was additionally charged – and acquitted in 2005 – of the 2001 homicide of Morris Black (above) who he admitted dismembering
Durst was additionally charged – and acquitted at a 2005 trial – of the 2001 homicide of his neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas, regardless of admitting to chopping his physique up into a number of items with an ax and a bow noticed.
Durst had claimed he by chance shot Black within the head after they had been each wrestling over Durst’s firearm which Black had gotten maintain of.
He dismembered his physique and dumped it within the sea in plastic luggage which had been found by authorities.
The solely physique half by no means discovered was Black’s head – making Durst’s model of occasions troublesome to disprove.
The actual property scion had wound up being neighbors with Black when he was reportedly hiding from New York authorities within the small city in Texas.
Prosecutors throughout his trial for Berman’s homicide argued Durst additionally murdered Black when he found his true identification as the person suspected of killing his wife in New York.
DA Rocah reopened the investigation again in May into Kathie’s disappearance – a case that has plagued the DA’s workplace for many years.
The unique investigation was solely ever launched as a lacking individuals case and no search of the Durst’s residence was carried out.
In 2000, then-DA Jeanine Pirro reopened the case into Kathie’s disappearance at a time when Berman’s demise was being investigated in LA and Durst was going through expenses over Black’s demise in Texas.
But, as soon as once more, no expenses had been introduced.
Rocah stated authorities in the present day have a distinct perspective of home violence to those that investigated again in 1982.
Despite lengthy being suspected of all three murders, Durst evaded prosecution and was solely delivered to justice for Berman’s homicide final month.
The jury final month had been proven a letter despatched to the LAPD alerting them to Berman’s lifeless physique with Beverly Hills spelled incorrectly. Documentary makers discovered one other letter from Durst to Berman which spelled Beverly Hills the identical method
Robert Durst is pictured in LA court docket final month throughout his trial for the homicide of Susan Berman
As the Durst Organization inheritor, his entanglement within the disappearance of his wife, demise and dismemberment of his neighbor, and execution of his greatest pal has hit headlines for years.
His downfall got here about following his interview within the documentary The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst.
In the present, a sizzling mic picks up Durst saying he ‘killed all of them, after all.’
Documentary makers additionally in contrast a letter despatched by the killer to the LAPD alerting them to Berman’s lifeless physique in her Benedict Canyon residence on Christmas Eve 2000.
The letter instructed cops there was a ‘cadaver’ on the tackle and Beverly Hills was spelled incorrectly.
Documentary makers discovered one other letter from Durst to Berman which spelled Beverly Hills the identical method.
This comparability was offered at Durst’s trial, with prosecutors crediting the documentary makers for unearthing it.
Durst lastly admitted at trial to sending the letter however claimed he did so when he discovered his pal’s physique – however that he wasn’t the one who killed her.
Durst pleaded not responsible to Berman’s homicide, the place he appeared frail and in a wheelchair.
He faces life in jail without parole at his sentencing tomorrow.