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.
On Tuesday September 14th, John Lewin concluded his rebuttal for the prosecution in the trial of Robert Durst.
On Monday September 13th, David Chesnoff finished closing arguments for the defense and John Lewin launched into rebuttal for the prosecution.
In this breaking news episode of Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst, host Kary Antholis presents the reading of the verdict in the Durst trial.
“I’m reading nine books right now,” I said. “If I have an extra 30 minutes of time, I’m going to use it to do what I want to do because I’ve been given a death-by-prison sentence due to its length. And that’s fine, but it’s still my time, and I’m not taking that test again.”
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You can find part three of this story here. Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. On the last night of her life, Dec. 22, 2000, Susan Berman picked up her friend Richard Markey, and drove her Isuzu —an SUV rebuilt by her mechanic to replace the LeBaron — to dinner at the Broadway Deli in Santa Monica. Then, they took in a movie, “Best in Show.” She dropped him off afterward, at about 10:30 pm, Markey said, “and...
You can find part two of this story here. Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. By 1983, Susan Berman was back in Los Angeles, having embarked on her new career as a screenwriter, and working on the script for “Easy Street.” She rented a house in Beverly Hills and bought a Chrysler LeBaron convertible. “It was very important to her to maintain an image,” said television writer Carol Mendelsohn, who worked with Berman during the last year of...
You can find part one of this story here. Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Susan Berman burnished her father’s reputation. “By the time I knew him he was a legitimate hotel owner in Las Vegas, as legitimate as he could be,” Berman wrote in her 1996 book, Lady Las Vegas. Famous for his brains, style and skillful diplomacy between rival mob factions, he was known as the ‘Kissinger of Vegas’,” she wrote. Though the description may be...
Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. It had all the elements of a classic Susan Berman article or screenplay: Celebrities, the scion of a New York real estate family, tightly held secrets, an anonymous note alerting police to the location of a “cadaver,” and a bi-coastal mystery. Only this time, the victim was Berman herself, the funny, manipulative, raconteuse with an exotic past who could talk as fast and as long as she could write....