A Los Angeles jury indicted Robert Durst on Friday for the murder of his best friend 20 years ago, in which the New York real estate heir took part in a documentary that chronicles the 1982 disappearance of his wife. linked to the murder.
Durst, 78, was convicted of first-degree murder of Susan Berman, who was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head at her Los Angeles home in December 2000 as she prepared to tell police that How he helped cover up the murder of his wife.
Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was Durst’s longtime confidant, who told friends he provided a fake excuse for her after his wife disappeared.
Prosecutors painted a portrait of a wealthy narcissist who didn’t think the laws applied to him and ruthlessly dealt with those who stood in his way. They intertwined evidence of Berman’s murder with the suspected death of Cathy Durst and the 2001 murder of a tenant at a Texas fluffhouse where Robert Durst hid while fleeing New York officials.
Durst was arrested in 2015 while hiding in a New Orleans hotel on the eve of the airing of the final episode of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”, in which he was confronted with evidence and confronted by prosecutors. Said. was a confession.
Durst can be heard murmuring to himself over the live microphone in the bathroom: “There it is. You’ve been caught.”
Durst’s decision to testify in his defense – hoping for a repeat of his acquittal in the Texas murder – backfired as he was forced to lie under oath, made harmful admissions and was questioned by a prosecutor. His credibility was destroyed.
The conviction marks a victory for officials who have sought to put Durst behind bars on murder charges in three states. Durst was never charged with the disappearance of his wife, who was never found, and was acquitted of manslaughter in Galveston, Texas, where he admitted that he dismembered the victim’s body and threw it into the sea. .