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Charles V. Bagli

Charlie Bagli has been covering the Robert Durst mystery for 20 years, mostly for The New York Times, but also for Los Angeles Magazine and Town & Country magazine. He covered the intersection of politics and real estate in New York, interviewing all of the city's powerful real estate billionaires, including members of the Durst family, before he even heard Bob's name. The case has taken him from Manhattan, where Durst's family owns a dozen skyscrapers, to Galveston, Texas, where Bob Durst rented a cheap room while posing as a mute woman, to Los Angeles, where Durst occasionally lived and where Susan Berman was murdered. Bagli has interviewed investigators and Durst, as well as his friends; his wife's Kathie's family and friends, and Susan Berman's far-flung network of friends and family. In a surprising coincidence, Bagli's closest friend had attended a camp in the Berkshire Mountains where Bob was a counselor. He wrote about the sale of high-profile buildings, Donald J. Trump's projects in Manhattan and his casino debacle, political contributions of the real estate industry, the battle to build a $2 billion stadium for the Jets, bid rigging in the construction industry and payoffs at the tax assessors office. He has worked for The New York Observer, the Daily Record, the Tampa Tribune and the Brooklyn Phoenix. He is the author of "Other People's Money; Inside the Housing Crisis and the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made." Prior to becoming a journalist, he worked as an EKG tech, a furnace tender at a tool plant, a bus driver and a janitor at a Kmart. He has lived in Montclair, New Jersey for 34 years with his wife Ellie Bagli and their two daughters. He ran the New York Marathon twice and coached a girls softball team for 12 years.

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Charles Bagli on Chavin’s Choice

Journalist Charles Bagli profiles Nick Chavin, the man who became his trusted source on the Durst story, and then — ultimately — the Los Angeles prosecutors’ star witness in Robert Durst's murder trial.

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Kathie — the person on the verge of becoming a doctor when she vanished — is sometimes lost in the tumult of the Robert Durst story and the span of time. But this mind-bending tale really begins with Kathie.

The Story of Kathie McCormack Durst – Part 3

By the dawn of the 80s, the once-storybook romance between Robert and Kathie Durst had collapsed. By 1982, the 29-year-old soon-to-be doctor was never seen again.

The Story of Kathie McCormack Durst – Part 2

“She said many times she would’ve been happy staying in Vermont. He decided he had to be a big shot, the totally opposite of what they were doing."

The Story of Kathie McCormack Durst – Part 1

Kathie — the person on the verge of becoming a doctor when she vanished — is sometimes lost in the tumult of the Robert Durst story and the span of time. But this mind-bending tale really begins with Kathie.

Charles V. Bagli: The Crime Story Collection

Charlie Bagli has been covering the Robert Durst mystery for 20 years, mostly for The New York Times, but also for Los Angeles Magazine and Town & Country magazine. He covered the intersection of politics and real estate in New York, interviewing all of the city's powerful real estate billionaires, including members of the Durst family, before he even heard Bob's name. The case has taken him from Manhattan, where Durst's family owns a dozen skyscrapers, to Galveston, Texas, where Bob Durst rented a cheap room while posing as a mute woman, to Los Angeles, where Durst occasionally lived...