A psychic probing the disappearance of a California teenager says she was led to a swank home once owned by murder suspect Robert Durst – and felt powerful sensations the girl had been buried there.
“I had very strong feelings that a murder had been committed,” psychic Barbara Stamps told The Post. “I thought it was a dismemberment murder. I thought the victim was Karen Mitchell [the teen who vanished].”
Mitchell, 17, a blond-haired, green-eyed high-school junior, disappeared on Nov. 25, 1997, while on her way to a part-time job in Eureka, Calif., 300 miles north of San Francisco. There has been no trace of her since.
Durst, whose wealthy family built a dozen Big Apple skyscrapers, is awaiting trial in Galveston, Texas, on charges of beheading and dismembering Morris Black, 71, his next-door neighbor. Black’s head has never been found.
Stamps’ chilling experience is among several intriguing twists The Post has uncovered about Durst’s connection to Northern California, where he moved in the mid-’90s.
If Durst did carve up Black, investigators suspect he might have gotten the inspiration from the October 1997 dismemberment of a hitchhiker near his California home. Accused serial killer Wayne Adam Ford confessed to the slaying and to killing three other women. The hitchhiker’s head has never been found.
Durst lived on and off for six years in a three-story, Pacific Ocean-view home in rural Trinidad, a town of 1,000 about 20 miles north of Eureka.
He had a huge satellite dish and fancy computer equipment, neighbors say.
Stamps, who has worked on other criminal cases, says mental images led her to the home on May 16, 2000.
She didn’t know who owned it and Durst was no longer living there. He had sold the home for $435,000 the previous March, but was renting in the area. Stamps says she began “picking up on dark energy” once she saw the house at 888 Galindo St.
“I started receiving very, very strong feelings about this house,” she said. “I thought somebody had been dismembered [there]. I thought it was Karen Mitchell.”
Stamps says she only learned Durst had owned the home last November when she saw a TV report about him being a fugitive in Black’s murder.