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Douglas Durst: My Brother Robert 'Is a True Psychopath'

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In the coming weeks, HBO is set to air its documentary "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which tells the story of the estranged Durst real estate family scion who is suspected of killing his first wife, and later his friend, and was somehow acquitted of murder after shooting and decapitating his neighbor in Texas. Robert's younger brother Douglas, who runs the family business (Durst Organization buildings include One World Trade Center, One Bryant Park, the Bjarke Ingels pyramid, and many others) declined to be interviewed for the film, but has now granted a preemptive interview to the New York Times and he's not holding back. "Bob is incapable of telling the truth," he told the Times. "He is a true psychopath, beyond any emotions. That's why he does things, so he can experience the emotions that other people have vicariously. Because he has absolutely none of his own."

As evidence, Douglas related a story about a series of seven dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, all named Igor, that Robert went through leading up to the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie. According to Douglas, all of the dogs disappeared and were replaced within six months. "In retrospect," he said, "I now believe he was practicing killing and disposing his wife with those dogs." Later, Robert was recorded in jail saying, "I want to Igor Douglas." Recently, he has, as the Times puts it, "twice appeared at Douglas's home in Westchester County, once while carrying two guns, another time in a ski mask." "There's no doubt in my mind that if he had the opportunity to kill me, he would," Douglas said.

Douglas also talks about his brother's would-be-sort-of-funny-if-not-for-the-context habit of urinating in inappropriate places, primarily in his uncle's wastepaper basket, which got him removed as successor trustee to the family business. Last month, Robert pleaded no contest to urinating on the checkout display at a CVS in Texas and was fined $500.
· Real Estate Chief Fears Troubled Sibling Has New Weapon: TV [NYT]
· There's Going to Be an HBO Documentary About Robert Durst [Curbed]
· Durst Organization coverage [Curbed]