In renting a swank, $4,000-a-month apartment in Dallas, eccentric millionaire Robert Durst claimed his daughter was writer Julie Baumgold, a friend since childhood who has created a firestorm of controversy by covering his murder trial for the Daily News.
Court documents introduced at the trial show that on a lease application dated March 24, 1998, Durst said the diminutive Baumgold, the wife of outgoing News editor Ed Kosner, was his “nearest relative.”
Relation? the application form asked.
“Daughter,” Durst wrote, giving her address as Post Office Box 1245, Trinidad, CA 95570.
Baumgold doesn’t live in Trinidad and she isn’t the wig-wearing real-estate heir’s daughter, though as she herself has written in the News, she is the godmother of Durst’s younger brother, Tom – and she named him.
Baumgold, listed as a News special correspondent, created a sensation at the trial by striding up to investigative reporter Matt Birkbeck, author of a book about Durst’s first wife, “A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst,” and asking him to put up his dukes.
Baumgold was angered by Birkbeck’s claim that many News staffers were upset when Kosner published Baumgold’s front-page apologia titled “My Friend Bobby Durst.”