Robert Durst, the eldest son of a billionaire New York real estate family, would spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his best friend, journalist Susan Berman, whom he shot at close range at his home in Los Angeles. compared to 20 years ago.
The court sentenced 78-year-old Durst to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.
Durst was convicted of a special circumstance that Berman was killed because she was a witness to a crime that, under California law, carries a mandatory sentence of life or death in prison.
Prosecutors said Durst killed Berman because she feared she would tell police how she gave Durst a fake excuse to help cover up the alleged murder of his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who died in a mysterious 1982 murder. manner and was declared dead in 2017.
Judge Mark Windham declined a motion for a new trial from Durst’s legal team, which they say they intend to appeal.
Berman, who was 55 when she died, was the daughter of David “Davy” Berman, the Jewish-American mobster who helped gamble in Las Vegas, and his former dancer wife Betty. She wrote about her growing up experience associated with the mafia. During victim impact statements on sentencing, Berman’s cousin Denny Marcus called Berman “absolutely” extraordinary, unforgettable geniusBerman’s surrogate son, Saareb Kaufman, called Durst to tell Durst where his wife, Kathy’s body, was in order to close the McCormack family.
$8.1 billion. This much Businesshala The net worth of the Durst family is estimated to be the same, although Durst sold his stake in the company in 2006. The Durst Organization portfolio includes iconic New York buildings such as The Bank of America Tower and One World Trade Center. Durst was expected to take over for his father, the late real estate tycoon Seymour Durst, but was passed in favor of his younger brother Douglas Durst when Seymour stepped down in 1994. Durst reportedly displayed eccentric behavior in the Durst organization office. During the trial, Douglas testified that he was “intimidated” by his older brother, telling the court “he wants to kill me.” Durst sold his stake to relatives for $65 million.
Durst pleaded not guilty and denied murder of both Berman and Kathleen, but stated in court that he found Berman’s body after a murder by someone else, claiming he fled the scene to avoid suspicion. And later lied to officers about reading a horrifying note “cadaver” and Burman’s address anonymously to alert them to his body. Durst was linked to decades of murders and disappearances, chronicled in a 2015 hit HBO documentary miniseries called The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durstow. The filmmaker who wrote the series was Andrew Jarecki. present for punishmentAccording to local media. Durst’s wife Cathy disappeared because she was reportedly considered divorcing her. Cathy’s relatives have said that Durst abused her and suspected that he was involved in his disappearance. Durst was first tried for murder in Texas in 2013, and was found not guilty of murdering his elderly neighbor, Morris Black. Durst’s legal team successfully argued that he killed Black in self-defense after clashing over a gun. Durst was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to mutilating Black’s body and waiving bail. The incident occurred in Galveston, a port city in Texas, where Durst fled in 2000 to avoid questioning about his wife’s 1982 disappearance as authorities reopened the case.
Real estate scion Robert Durst convicted of murdering his best friend (Businesshala)