Former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro—the “true hero” (New York Post) of the hit HBO documentary series The Jinx—offers the transfixing true story of her tireless fifteen-year investigation into accused murderer Robert Durst for the disappearance of his wife Kathleen Durst.
Former district attorney Jeanine Pirro was cast as the bad guy fifteen years ago when she reopened the cold case of Kathleen Durst, a young and beautiful fourth-year medical student who disappeared without a trace in 1982, never to be seen again. Kathie Durst’s husband was millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst, son of one of the wealthiest families in New York City—but though her friends and family suspected him of the worst, he escaped police investigation.
Pirro, now the host of Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, always believed in Durst’s guilt, and in this shocking book, she makes her case beyond a shadow of a doubt, revealing stunning, previously unknown secrets about the crimes he is accused of committing. For years, Pirro has crusaded for justice for the victims, and her impassioned perspective in the captivating HBO documentary series The Jinx made her one of its breakout stars. Featuring Pirro’s unique insider’s perspective on the crimes, as well as her exclusive interviews with many of the major players featured in the The Jinx, this comprehensive book is the definitive story of Robert Durst and his gruesome crimes—the one you didn’t see on television.
3 out of 5 stars
I recently watched The Jinx on HBO and was transfixed by Robert Durst. This man was creepy with a capital C. Jeanine Pirro was on The Jinx – she was the District Attorney in New York and decided to reopen the case of Durst’s missing wife Kathleen. Durst was from a very wealthy New York family; they had more money than they knew what to do with. After Durst’s wife disappeared, Durst was suspected in two murders; the murder of his best friend, Susan Berman, and the murder and dismemberment of his neighbor, Morris Black.
I listened to this book (my first audio book). Pirro spent a lot of time in this book talking about her “Chanel Handbags” and “Manalo Blanc’s”. She referred to Durst in many derogatory ways (scumbag, little shit) – that didn’t really bother me, because Durst is a scumbag and a little shit, but it seemed a little unprofessional on her part.
Pirro also spent a lot of time talking about how hard it was to be a “woman in power”. While I don’t doubt that, I wasn’t really sure how it was relevant to this book, as it was supposed to be about Durst. We didn’t learn a lot more in this book than we did in The Jinx, but I really enjoy this case, and hearing more about it was interesting.
I just wish Pirro would have talked as much about the case as she did about sexism in New York during the 70’s and 80’s. But this was an interesting story.