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, according to report.
Sources close to the investigation told News 12 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 Durst found out about it just ten days before she went missing.
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 apartment back in January 1982.
The morning after, Durst showed up at the apartment, threatening Kathie and slamming a wad of rolled up cash in her face, he claimed.
Just 10 days later, Kathie vanished without a trace.
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, according to report
Kathie and Robert Durst together. Sources said 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 found out about it just ten days before she went missing
Investigators are said to have been none the wiser until Stevenson spoke out to News 12 about the incident earlier this year – despite Stevenson saying he reported it to police when Kathie disappeared.
His version of events could provide prosecutors with a potential motive for Durst killing his wife.
Now, he is expected to be called as a star witness to testify in front of a grand jury in Westchester as District Attorney Mimi Rocah pursues charges against convicted murderer Durst almost four decades on from when his wife was last seen alive.
Several other witnesses have also been called to testify in the proceedings which are due to begin no later than Monday at the Westchester County Courthouse.
This means it is likely that the grand jury panel will be selected by the end of this week.
While these other witnesses have not been identified, they are expected to include several of Kathie’s friends and relatives.
It emerged earlier this month that Rocah was pursuing charges against Durst, now 78, over Kathie’s disappearance after he was convicted in September of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in a gangland-execution style murder in her Los Angeles home in 2000.
Durst, who allegedly killed Berman because she knew too much about what happened to Kathie, is due to be sentenced in that case Thursday.
Kathie – previously Kathie McCormack – vanished in New York back on January 31 1982.
Her body has never been found and no one has ever been charged in connection to her disappearance.
This photo shows Jill and Bill Stevenson, in the 1970s, before their marriage fell apart
Stevenson said he and Jill hosted the Dursts at their home in Delaware (above) one time in 1974
Kathie’s family has long maintained that she was murdered by her husband – the rich heir of one of the most powerful real estate companies in the Big Apple.
She and Durst were said to be having marital problems at the time and their relationship was marred by domestic violence.
Durst’s version of events repeatedly changed over the years about the last time he spoke to his wife.
Stevenson told News 12 earlier this year that he and Kathie had been friends since they were children and that he and Jill had hosted her and Durst at their home in Delaware in 1974.
While Jill and Kathie ‘hit it off’ during the visit, Stevenson said he noticed Durst behaving oddly.
‘I remember him talking to himself in my garage. To me it was like, ‘oh my god’,’ he recalled.
Stevenson said his friendship with Kathie only became intimate in January 1982 – when he was divorced from Jill but Kathie was still married to Durst.
He said Kathie began confiding in him that she was scared of her husband and he visited her five times between 1981 and 1982.
Real estate heir (pictured in August at his trial for Susan Berman’s murder) Durst is the lead suspect in Kathie’s 1982 disappearance
‘She said I’m having a real problem with Robert and I’m scared to death,’ he said.
‘She said he was being violent with her. At that point, she couldn’t trust anybody around her that knew Robert.’
It was on one trip to visit Kathie at her Manhattan penthouse apartment that things became romantic, he said.
‘She was in this silk nightie. Nothing was said. She grabbed my hand, led me back to the bedroom,’ he said.
‘We closed the door and life changed for both of us. Totally unexpected. Beautiful night. No regrets.’
Stevenson recalled Durst turning up at the apartment the following morning and discovering him there – with Kathie telling her husband she was leaving him,
‘The next thing I realize we hear pounding on the door, it’s 7.30 in the morning, she runs out of the bedroom, runs back in and says it’d bob,’ he said.
‘I jumped up and ran out, he screams something and he had a wad of cash and he hit her right in the face with it. He started yelling: ‘Kathleen, this isn’t going to happen.’
‘She starts yelling: ‘I’m moving to Delaware! I’m done! We’re done!’ I’m like sitting there, I’m in shock. People have to understand, this guy is a monster. I saw it in his eyes.’
When Kathie went missing days later, Stevenson said he went straight to the police but no one followed up on his report.
Kathie’s family want Durst’s current wife Debrah Charatan (pictured with Durst) also charged, accusing her of helping him cover up Kathie’s murder
‘I got in my car, went to the 19th precinct – literally within 24 hours – and said: ‘Nuh uh. He killed her.’
‘[The cop] wrote a couple things down, and said ‘we’ll get back to you.’ I never heard a word back from them,’ he said.
Stevenson said he believes Durst killed her after discovering their affair and described himself as the ‘missing link in this case.’
He said he feels like he ‘let her down’ and often wonders ‘what could I have done differently’ – but insists he has no regrets about their affair.
‘I don’t feel guilty about that. He was abusing her and she wanted out. And I feel like if something happened wonderful at the end of her life, I hope this was it,’ he said.
‘I’m sorry. I just hope that you know she had the same thoughts at the end there.’
The First Lady has never spoken publicly about the case or mentioned meeting the Dursts in the past.
With testimony expected to begin next week in a clear sign that charges may be imminent against Durst, Kathie’s family have also asked for charges to be brought against Durst’s current wife Debrah Charatan.
The McCormack family’s attorney Robert Abrams claimed last month that Charatan staged a fake marriage with Durst and helped him cover up Kathie’s murder.
Kathie and Robert Durst pictured together. She vanished in January 1982 and has never been seen alive since
Kathie and Robert Durst on their wedding day. Her family are convinced he murdered her
Charatan vehemently denies the allegations, saying: ‘Ms. Charatan was never married to another person while married to Mr. Durst.
‘It is sad that attorney Robert Abrams is misleading the McCormack family and the public. The McCormack family deserves better.’
Kathie’s family also requested to speak at Durst’s sentencing for Berman’s murder on Thursday – a request which was denied.
Abrams told the Los Angeles Times he was surprised to hear her family ‘wouldn’t be allowed to give a victim impact statement’ slamming the decision ‘appalling.’
‘You have a duty to support and protect the rights of victims and their families, including by notifying them of their right to make a victim impact statement. Yet, rather than advocate for the McCormack family you have 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 said Durst had killed Kathie – despite him never facing charges and the trial being for the murder of Berman.
The jury also upheld the special circumstances allegation that Berman was killed because of her knowledge about Kathie’s disappearance.
Durst was accused of shooting Berman point-blank in the back of her head after New York authorities reopened the investigation into Kathie’s disappearance in 2000 and wanted to speak to her as a long-time confidante of his.
Prosecutors said Berman knew too much about what happened to Kathie and so she was silenced.
Berman is thought to have helped Durst cover his tracks after his wife’s disappearance, posing as Kathie to phone her medical school to say she was sick on the morning after she was last seen alive.
Durst was convicted of murdering his best friend Susan Berman (pictured together) in a gangland-execution style murder in her Los Angeles home in 2000
This led investigators to believe Durst’s version of events that he saw her board a train to New York City on the night of January 31 1982 after they spent the weekend at their home 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.
Investigators later found no evidence of Kathie ever boarding the train or arriving into New York and Durst later confessed to lying about their phone call and his drinks with a neighbor.
Kathie was legally declared dead in 2017 with the date of her death put at January 31 1982.
Her husband is the sole suspect in her disappearance.
Durst was also charged – and acquitted in 2005 – of the 2001 murder of Morris Black (above) who he admitted dismembering
Durst was also charged – and acquitted at a 2005 trial – of the 2001 murder of his neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas, despite admitting to chopping his body up into multiple pieces with an ax and a bow saw.
Durst had claimed he accidentally shot Black in the head when they were both wrestling over Durst’s firearm which Black had gotten hold of.
He dismembered his body and dumped it in the sea in plastic bags which were discovered by authorities.
The only body part never found was Black’s head – making Durst’s version of events difficult to disprove.
The real estate scion had wound up being neighbors with Black when he was reportedly hiding from New York authorities in the small town in Texas.
Prosecutors during his trial for Berman’s murder argued Durst also murdered Black when he discovered his true identity as the man suspected of killing his wife in New York.
DA Rocah reopened the investigation back in May into Kathie’s disappearance – a case that has plagued the DA’s office for decades.
The original investigation was only ever launched as a missing persons case and no search of the Durst’s home was carried out.
In 2000, then-DA Jeanine Pirro reopened the case into Kathie’s disappearance at a time when Berman’s death was being investigated in LA and Durst was facing charges over Black’s death in Texas.
But, once again, no charges were brought.
Rocah said authorities today have a different perspective of domestic violence to those who investigated back in 1982.
Despite long being suspected of all three murders, Durst evaded prosecution and was only brought to justice for Berman’s murder last month.
The jury last month were shown a letter sent to the LAPD alerting them to Berman’s dead body with Beverly Hills spelled incorrectly. Documentary makers found another letter from Durst to Berman which spelled Beverly Hills the same way
Robert Durst is pictured in LA court last month during his trial for the murder of Susan Berman
As the Durst Organization heir, his entanglement in the disappearance of his wife, death and dismemberment of his neighbor, and execution of his best friend has hit headlines for years.
His downfall came about following his interview in the documentary The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst.
In the show, a hot mic picks up Durst saying he ‘killed them all, of course.’
Documentary makers also compared a letter sent by the killer to the LAPD alerting them to Berman’s dead body in her Benedict Canyon home on Christmas Eve 2000.
The letter told cops there was a ‘cadaver’ at the address and Beverly Hills was spelled incorrectly.
Documentary makers found another letter from Durst to Berman which spelled Beverly Hills the same way.
This comparison was presented at Durst’s trial, with prosecutors crediting the documentary makers for unearthing it.
Durst finally admitted at trial to sending the letter but claimed he did so when he found his friend’s body – but that he wasn’t the one who killed her.
Durst pleaded not guilty to Berman’s murder, where he appeared frail and in a wheelchair.
He faces life in prison without parole at his sentencing tomorrow.