Durst victim said he may kill her years earlier

New York real estate scion Robert Durst appears in the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch for a pre-trial motions hearing in Los Ange

New York real estate scion Robert Durst appears in the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch for a pre-trial motions hearing in Los Ange

NY real estate heir Robert Durst's wife was so afraid of him before she disappeared 35 years ago that she climbed out the window of their Manhattan apartment in her pajamas and in through the neighbors' bedroom window, a retired police detective testified.

Robert Durst, whose ties to three mysterious deaths were explored in HBO's series "The Jinx", has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of his friend Berman in Los Angeles in 2000.

He said Anne told him that Kathie scaled a parapet high above Riverside Drive and began banging on her window around late September or early October 1981.

Chavin, in his February testimony, said Berman had told him after Kathie Durst's disappearance that Durst had killed her and that they "had to protect Bobby". The gravity of what she said next wouldn't sink in until Barnes was at Berman's funeral almost two decades later. She's scheduled to be cross-examined Wednesday.

His testimony contradicted the account of the building's former elevator operator, Eddie Lopez, who told police he took Kathie to her apartment on the night of January 31, 1982 - at which point police believe Kathie had already been murdered by Durst.

Durst, 74, is now on trial for the murder of Berman, who was gunned down in her Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, home in 2000.

A retired NY police detective says the missing wife of NY real estate heir Robert Durst once went to her neighbor's in pajamas and said her husband beat her and she feared he would kill her. James Varian testified Tuesday, April 25, 2017, that a neighbor reported Kathleen Durst had knocked on her Manhattan penthouse bedroom window for help.

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"I knew he was a very wealthy man and he could do whatever he wanted to somebody", said Barnes, who nervously looked over at the diminutive and frail Durst. "I was petrified. I still am". That was the date Kathie Durst was last seen alive and Robert Durst claimed she took the train from their house in upstate NY to Manhattan. In February, Nick Chavin, an old friend of Durst from NY, testified that Durst had said to him that he "had to" kill Berman.

A retired NY detective testified that a few months before Kathleen Durst disappeared, she had frantically banged on a neighbor's balcony window in her pajamas for help and said Robert Durst had beaten her and she feared he would kill her.

Varian, 77, briefly investigated Kathleen Durst's disappearance in 1982.

Varian said his report stated Kevin Doyle confronted Durst over the fight and that the real estate claimed he was not mad and wanted Kathie to return.

"She said, 'I need to tell you something but I need you not to ask me any questions, '" Barnes testified.

Kathleen Durst said she was afraid to be near any window and hid in the Doyle bathroom for two hours.

Durst was never charged in connection with the 1982 disappearance of Kathie Durst. She was declared dead earlier this month.

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