A Deadly Secret:The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst is the story of Robert Durst, the heir to a New York real estate dynasty who has been a person of interest in the missing-person case of his wife Kathie since her 1982 disappearance. The book is written by journalist and author Matt Birkbeck, and was published by Berkley/Penguin. A Deadly Secret was released in hardcover in 2002 and in paperback in 2003.
Birkbeck covered the Durst case for People Magazine and Reader’s Digest. A Deadly Secret reveals how Durst stole numerous identities in a bizarre cross-country trek that ultimately resulted in the murder/dismemberment of a drifter named Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas in 2001. Durst was acquitted of murder in the Black case in 2003. Durst has also been charged with first-degree murder in the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman.
In the 2003 paperback edition, Birkbeck also links Durst to the disappearances of two teenagers, Kristen Modafferi, who went missing in San Francisco in 1997, and Karen Mitchell, who vanished in Eureka, California, in 1997.