Robert Durst, NY Real Estate Heir, Found Guilty of Murder

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A Los Angeles jury found Robert Durst, 78, guilty of the murder of his former friend, Susan Berman, after he discovered she had planned to tell the police of her involvement in covering the murder of his first wife.

 

Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was discovered in her Benedict Canyon home in December of 2000, shot execution style. Prosecutors presented evidence that Durst had given Berman $50,000 dollars in hush money and alleged that she had attempted to leverage more from him, as she was having financial issues at the time, by telling him she planned to tell the authorities of how she aided him in covering up the murder of his first wife, who disappeared in 1983.


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"Prosecutors painted a portrait of a rich narcissist who didn't think the laws applied to him and ruthlessly disposed of people who stood in his way. They interlaced evidence of Berman's killing with Kathie Durst's suspected death and the 2001 killing of a tenant in a Texas flophouse where Robert Durst holed up while on the run from New York authorities," The Washington Post reported.

Durst, who was not in the courtroom at the time the verdict was read, due to exposure to the coronavirus, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Unfortunately, while was finally served he has left a trail of brutal murders and countless victims due to a breakdown in the judicial system.


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Once the head of the powerful New York City Durst Organization, Robert Durst was known at an early age to be borderline schizophrenic and had issues within fitting in with his siblings. He married Kathleen McCormick, a medical student, in 1973. In February 1983, four months shy of her graduation from medical school, she and Durst had a brutal fight, and she was treated for facial injuries. She asked Durst for a divorce and a small settlement. She was never seen again.

On May 17, 2021, during the trial of Susan Berman, Westchester County DA Mimi Rocha reopened Kathleen McCormick disappeared reclassifying it as a murder and vowing to investigate.


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Durst, who was the subject of a 2015 HBO document The Jinx was filmed with his full consent, and he told all of his friends to participate with the producers. He was so arrogant he even handed over all his personal notes, files, and documentation which was scoured by the producers and unearthed a key piece of evidence.

"He came to deeply regret his decision after "The Jinx" aired on HBO in 2015, calling it a "very, very, very big mistake." The documentary filmmakers discovered a crucial piece of evidence that connected him to an anonymous note sent to police directing them to Berman's lifeless body. Durst, who was so confident he couldn't be connected to the note, told filmmakers "only the killer could have written" the note," reported The Washington Post.


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Expecting a repeat of his courtroom performance in Galveston, Texas, where he was acquitted in the murder and dismemberment of a friend, Morris Black, Durst took the stand in Los Angeles and over 14 days, prosecutors deconstructed his well-constructed façade and the jury saw him, for the monster that he is, finally.

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