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Kathie Durst disappearance revisited in new documentary


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI
PHOTO COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURES

Ryan Gosling in “All Good Things,” a story inspired by the life of Robert Durst. The screenplay was written by Marc Smerling, producer of a documentary on the Durst case.

 

The Bedford Hills train station is scheduled to appear in a documentary about Robert Durst, the wealthy son of a real estate developer, whose wife Kathie disappeared in 1982 under mysterious circumstances.

“Our plans right now are on April 13, we’re going to the Bedford Hills Metro-North train station and we’re going to be using the southern end of the train platform and filming a scene for a woman waiting for a train,” said Melody Orscher, a line producer for Hit the Ground Running Productions, at a March 5 town board meeting. “It’ll be an overnight shoot from the hours approximately of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning on Sunday.”

Marc Smerling, a producer of the documentary, wrote the screenplay for “All Good Things,” a 2010 film starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst that was inspired by Mr. Durst’s life. Mr. Smerling said at the March 5 meeting that after the film was released, Mr. Durst contacted him for an interview.

“I considered financing a documentary about meeting this guy and recreating certain things in his life,” Mr. Smerling said. “It’s been sort of a three-year passion.”

Mr. Durst is the brother of Douglas Durst, a Bedford resident who is the chairman of The Durst Organization, a real estate company founded in 1915 that has stakes in many Manhattan properties, including One World Trade Center.

In addition to his wife’s disappearance, two people close to Mr. Durst have died under unusual circumstances. Ms. Durst’s disappearance was never solved, and after police reopened the case and contacted a close friend of Mr. Durst’s, Susan Berman, she was founded murdered execution-style in December 2000 at her Los Angeles home. Police never charged Mr. Durst with a crime related to Ms. Durst’s disappearance or Ms. Berman’s murder. Police arrested Mr. Durst in 2001 in Texas, charging him with the murder of his neighbor Morris Black, whose remains were found in the Galveston Bay. Mr. Durst said that he killed Mr. Black in self-defense and later dismembered and disposed of his body. A Texas jury acquitted Mr. Durst of the murder charge, but he was convicted of evidence tampering and jumping his over $3 billion bail bond and served time in prison until his eventual release.

Mr. Smerling said the filming at the Bedford Hills train station would depict Mr. Durst’s account of when he last saw Ms. Durst, when he said he dropped her off at the Katonah station. Mr. Smerling said the Bedford Hills station is being filmed instead of the Katonah station due to renovations.

“When Kathie got on the train, she got on the Sunday night train at like 9:17, and she was pretty much alone,” Mr. Smerling said. “He dropped his wife off at the Katonah station, which has been remodeled, and she disappeared.”

Ms. Orscher said the shoot would be relatively simple and that Metro-North agreed to close down part of the station’s southbound track and is providing a train for the scene. She said Bedford police agreed to block of a section of the parking lot. The scene would not interfere with train traffic.

“It’s a very small production, so we don’t anticipate any loud noises,” she said. “There are no special effects. There’s no music. We’re also not recording sound.”

The producers agreed to pay a $5,000 fee to the town of Bedford, the highest fee issued by the town for filming. Town code requires a permit for filming a movie, documentary or commercial on public or private property if there is a fee for the property’s use.

Ms. Orscher said the documentary is currently untitled.




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