Care­ful – that’s a ‘Durst’ edi­tion

New York Post - - NEWS - By KELLY HARTOG in LA and RUTH BROWN in NY

The Post was front and cen­ter at a pre­trial hear­ing in Robert Durst’s mur­der trial on Tues­day, as the for­mer NYPD de­tec­tive who in­ves­ti­gated the dis­ap­pear­ance of the real-es­tate ty­coon’s wife was grilled about the pa­per’s head­lines.

“It’s bulls--t. I couldn’t think of a bet­ter syn­onym,” Mike Struk snarled in an LA court­room as a de­fense at­tor­ney showed a Septem­ber ar­ti­cle with the head­line, “Law­suit claims NYPD cov­ered up Durst’s role in wife’s death.”

The suit ac­cused Struk and the NYPD of col­lud­ing to hide the role Durst played in first wife Kathleen’s 1982 dis­ap­pear­ance.

But Struk, 74, ap­proved of the next Post head­line: “Ex­cop who led Durst in­ves­ti­ga­tion: ‘ The Jinx’ made me look like an idiot.”

It re­ferred to the HBO doc­u­men­tary “The Jinx,” at the end of which Durst is caught mut­ter­ing that he “killed them all.”

The head­line was based on an e-mail Struk sent to the se­ries’ pro­ducer, say­ing the film­mak­ers made it look as if he bun­gled the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“You gave two lengthy in­ter­views to the pro­duc­ers vol­un­tar­ily. Do you think they treated you fairly in the edit­ing process of those in­ter­views?” de­fense at­tor­ney Dick DeGuerin asked.

Struk said he thought “part of it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.”

At­tor­neys for Durst also think the bil­lion­aire was un­fairly por­trayed in the 2015 docu-se­ries, which spurred his ar­rest in the mur­der of his friend Su­san Ber­man.

Prose­cu­tors be­lieve that Durst shot Ber­man be­cause she was about to come clean about how she helped him cover up Kathleen’s death. Durst has never been called a sus­pect in Kathleen’s dis­ap­pear­ance. She has not been found, and loved ones have claimed Struk didn’t try hard enough. The re­tired cop dis­agreed. “Ab­so­lutely — from my pro­fes­sional and per­sonal per­spec­tive, I thought we did what we could with what we were pre­sented,” Struk said. “I held this case as im­por­tant. I took it home with me.”

Struk — and all wit­nesses over 65 — are giv­ing early tes­ti­mony due to con­cerns they could die be­fore the ac­tual trial at least a year from now.

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