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Posts made in March, 2015

Who was Susan Berman? A look at Robert Durst’s late friend

By on Mar 16, 2015 in Press Release |

When Los Angeles writer Susan Berman, a friend of eccentric real estate scion Robert Durst, was shot execution style in her Benedict Canyon home in 2000, the questions, at first, centered on her past. Berman was, after all, a Las Vegas Mafia princess. Her father, David Berman, was a notorious mob boss who co-owned Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel with gangster Bugsy Siegel. As an adult, Susan Berman had mined her father’s gangster past, writing books and producing documentaries about Las Vegas’ mob scene in the 1950s and her life growing up in it. The author and journalist was said to be working on other mob-related projects before she died, leaving many to wonder: Had the gangster’s daughter been killed for some mob secret? Timeline: The twists and turns of Robert Durst On Saturday, Durst, 71, was arrested in a New Orleans hotel at the behest of Los Angeles officials, who said they had uncovered new evidence linking him to Berman’s death. lRelated LATEST IN CALIFORNIARobert Durst updates: Decades of deaths and suspicionsSee all related Durst was the subject of an HBO documentary on his possible ties to several deaths. In Sunday evening’s episode, Durst left his final interview to use the bathroom, appearing not to notice that his microphone was still recording as he muttered to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Durst had been friends with Berman since they attended UCLA together in the 1960s. After Durst’s first wife, Kathleen Durst, disappeared in 1982, Berman acted as Durst’s “informal spokesman,” calling to give his side of the story to media outlets and to those who suspected he’d had a role in his wife’s disappearance. Robert Durst murder case Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s ‘The Jinx,’ was arrested by FBI agents Saturday in a New Orleans hotel at the behest of Los Angeles officials, who said they had uncovered new evidence linking him to the 2000 slaying of his friend, writer Susan Berman. Robert Durst: Decades of deaths and… Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s ‘The Jinx,’ was arrested by FBI agents Saturday in a New Orleans hotel at the behest of Los Angeles officials, who said they had uncovered new evidence linking him to...

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‘King Bibi’s’ reign challenged in Israeli election

By on Mar 16, 2015 in Press Release |

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s march towards becoming the longest-serving leader of Israel could be halted on Tuesday in an election that has exposed public fatigue with his stress on national security rather than socio-economic problems. Surging rhetoric against Iran and the Palestinians has apparently done little to close Netanyahu’s lag behind center-left opponent Isaac Herzog in opinion polls. Should Herzog narrowly win the ballot as predicted, he would be the likely first pick to form the next government. That would not rule out the coalition-building task reverting to Netanyahu, if Herzog fails to win enough support in a rightist-dominated parliament. Much will depend on which candidate the smaller, centrist parties choose to crown, and the leaning of a joint list uniting Israel’s four Arab parties, which is expected to come in third. Dubbed “King Bibi” by Time magazine just three years ago, Netanyahu, 65, has cast the threat to his reign as a foreign-orchestrated campaign to install an Israeli leader who might yield to Palestinian statehood or nuclear diplomacy with Iran. “This is a fateful and difficult campaign,” he said in a speech on Monday aimed at rallying religious-nationalist voters to his troubled Likud party. “We do not have the privilege of staying at home, because we will lose our home.” Herzog, the head of Israel’s Labour party, and his running mate, ex-peace negotiator Tzipi Livni, have accused Netanyahu of using security scares to distract from social issues like the high cost of living emphasized in domestic debates. “Netanyahu is in a great panic, whereas for Tzipi Livni and me what is foremost is the good of the country,” Herzog, 54, told Israeli television. “Tomorrow’s election is a choice between change and hope, and disappointment and downfall.” NO TO PALESTINE In what appeared to be a last-ditch pitch for far-right votes, Netanyahu on Monday said no Palestinian state would arise under his watch if he won a fourth term in top office. He has so far served nine years, second in duration only to Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion, who was premier for 12 years. The United States, which oversaw now-stalled talks on a two-state peace deal between Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reserved comment...

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