Robert Durst

October 16, 2021

Real estate heir Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison without parole

New York real estate heir and documentary subject Robert Durst received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his former best friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Durst was found guilty of first-degree murder in September. Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because she planned to go to the police about a phony alibi she provided for him when his wife Kathie Durst disappeared.

“It’s a rare occasion for a judge to hear such an extraordinary case, extraordinary presentation by counsel,” said Superior Court Judge Mark Windham. “You, each in your own way, impressed me with phenomenal, unbelievably wonderful work.”

The case against Durst, 78, was the subject of the 2015 HBO docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

During the series’ production, a live microphone caught Durst speaking to himself in the bathroom after being confronted with a damning piece of evidence.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” Durst said in the footage.

Durst’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the sentence.


Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison for murdering Susan Berman

September 19, 2021

Millionaire Robert Durst found guilty of murder

A Los Angeles jury found New York real estate heir Robert Durst guilty of murdering his best friend in December 2000, a case galvanized by Durst’s participation in a documentary that linked him to his wife’s 1982 disappearance.

The jury reached a verdict after about seven hours of deliberations over three days.

Durst was convicted of the first-degree murder of Susan Berman, his long-time confidante who told friends she provided him a phony alibi for his wife’s disappearance.

Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was prepared to tell police she’d assisted the cover-up of Durst’s wife’s slaying. She was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range in her home in December 2000.

Police arrested Durst in 2015 on the night the final episode of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” aired, in which filmmakers confronted him with incriminating evidence, and he made what prosecutors said was a confession.

While in the bathroom, Durst was wearing a live microphone that recorded him saying, “There it is. You’re caught.”

In 2001, the dismembered body parts of his elderly neighbor were found in Galveston Bay. Durst was arrested, fled, and caught after shoplifting a chicken sandwich in Pennsylvania despite carrying $37,000 in cash. Though Durst admitted to the gruesome crime, a jury acquitted him on the grounds of self-defense.

Durst, 78, faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when sentenced on Oct. 18.


NY millionaire Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder

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