DURST IS ‘CRAZY’ – LIKE A FOX: COP

A Texas investigator believes that accused killer and wealthy New York real-estate scion Robert Durst’s crazy act is a “clever facade.”

Durst – heir to billions – was arrested in Bethlehem, Pa., after he was nabbed for allegedly stealing a sandwich Nov. 30. He is accused of dismembering his 71-year-old neighbor in Galveston, Texas, then dumping the body parts in a nearby bay.

Durst’s bizarre antics while on the lam – including cross-dressing – have raised eyebrows, but Lt. Mike Putnal of the Galveston police believes they were the actions of a calculating killer.

“Don’t be surprised if they find that all the bizarre behavior he’s exhibited these past weeks is nothing more than a clever facade,” he told The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa.

Putnal believes that Durst, 58, is laying the groundwork for an insanity plea.

Durst, who is being held without bail, was examined yesterday by a psychiatrist who recommended he be taken off a suicide watch. If the warden signs off, that could happen as early as today.

Meanwhile, his high-priced legal team hasn’t indicated whether he plans to plead insanity, but a spokesman for the Durst Trust told the paper he is mentally ill and will fight extradition to Texas.

For seven weeks, Durst roamed the country using fake names and wearing women’s clothes and wigs.

Dr. N.G. Berrill, a forensic psychologist at John Jay College in Manhattan, said that if Durst is trying to appear insane, he’s doing a good job.

“Weird disguises, moving from place to place and shoplifting seem very irrational for a guy who had the means to simply hop a plane and leave the country,” Berrill said.

But Putnal said, “The man dismembered a body, had the forethought to ask neighbors if fishermen used the bay the night he planned to dispose of it, and then dumped it in the commercial-shipping lane where he thought it would never surface.

“That’s calculation, not insanity.”

Durst is also a suspect in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen, who went missing in New York, and Los Angeles detectives want to question him in the December 2000 murder of his close friend Susan Berman.

(NY Post)

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