Robert Durst: Notorious Murderer and Millionaire Real Estate Heir Who Featured in Documentary The Jinx Dies in Prison | US News

Robert Durst, the convicted murderer, alleged serial killer and wealthy real estate heir, has died in prison.

The 78-year-old was serving a life sentence.

Durst died in a state prison hospital in Stockton, his lawyer Chip Lewis has said.

Durst’s trial suspended for 14 months due to pandemic

He said it was natural causes due to a number of health issues.

Durst was sentenced in September for shooting at point blank range at Susan Berman in 2000 in her Los Angeles home, before being sentenced to life in prison last October.

He was admitted to hospital with COVID two days later, his trial lawyer Dick DeGuerin said.

Caught confessing on tape

Durst’s trial – which began in March 2020 but was adjourned for 14 months due to the coronavirus pandemic – came six years after Durst’s apparent confession to several murders on the HBO television series The Jinx.

Durst was still wearing a live microphone after his interview and was heard saying to himself in the bathroom, “What did I do? … Killed them all, of course.”

Although these quotes were later found to have been manipulated for dramatic effect, he was arrested on the eve of the last episode.

Durst is only charged with the murder of his friend Susan Berman in 2000. Photo: AP
Durst was only charged with the murder of his friend Susan Berman in 2000. Photo: AP

While Durst was only on trial for the murder of Ms Berman, prosecutors believe he murdered two others – his wife, Kathleen McCormack in 1982, and a neighbor in Texas who discovered his identity as he walked away. was hiding from the police.

On the run

Durst met Kathie in 1971 and the two tied the knot on her 30th birthday in 1973.

In January 1982, she disappeared after receiving a call from Durst to return to their home in southern Salem. He claimed he had last seen her the day before and would divorce eight years later, citing spousal abandonment.

He fled in late 2000 after police reopened the investigation into his wife’s disappearance, renting an apartment in Galveston and disguising himself as a silent woman.

In 2001, body parts of neighbor Morris Black began washing in Galveston Bay.

He was never charged with the disappearance of his wife, a 29-year-old medical student, but was tried and acquitted for the murder of Texas neighbor Morris Black in 2001, claiming it was in self-defense.

He served three years in prison for breaching his bond and “tampering with evidence” in connection with the dismemberment of Mr. Black’s body.

2020 test

At his trial, prosecutors claimed Ms Berman gave him a false alibi regarding his wife’s disappearance.

They alleged that he killed Ms Berman to prevent her from revealing this to the police.

He suffered from bladder cancer and his health deteriorated during the trial. He was escorted to court in a wheelchair wearing prison clothes because, according to his lawyers, he could not change.

Believed to be worth $ 100million (£ 73million), Durst is the grandson of Joseph Durst, who founded the Durst Organization, one of Manhattan’s largest commercial real estate companies.

He became a developer in the family business, but his father appointed his younger brother and rival Douglas as head of the Durst Organization in 1992.

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