- Prosecutors in New York this week filed a charge of second-degree murder against Robert Durst in Lewisboro Town Court.
- Cathy Durst disappeared on the night of January 31, 1982, after an argument with her husband. His body has never been found.
- Robert Durst was reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 last weekend after being sentenced to prison for the 2000 murder of his best friend Susan Berman.
Robert Durst, a descendant of real estate, for decades on suspicion that he was responsible for the disappearance of his wife in 1982, has been charged with her murder in New York.
The Westchester District Attorney’s Office confirmed that a criminal complaint accusing the 78-year-old Scarsdale native of second-degree murder was filed Tuesday in Lewisboro Town Court.
it came five days after durst Life sentence without parole For the murder of his best friend, Susan Berman, in Los Angeles in 2000. Prosecutors there convinced jurors that Durst killed Berman to silence her because she knew he had killed Kathy Durst nearly two decades earlier.
Cathy Durst’s body has never been recovered. She disappeared on the night of January 31, 1982, after an argument with her husband at their South Salem cottage. For decades, Durst claimed that he dropped her off at the Katona train station so he could return to his Manhattan apartment.
The next morning, a woman posing as Cathy Durst to Berman called a dean at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine—where Cathy was in her final semester—to tell her that she would be attending the first day of the pediatric clerkship. was very ill.
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Durst had also long claimed that he had spoken to Kathy on the phone after arriving in Manhattan. But he only admitted in recent years that it was a lie, first to the producers of the HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” and then to the witness stand at his Los Angeles trial.
The New York Times first reported the Westchester charge on Friday morning.
Westchester prosecutors began presenting the case to a grand jury this week. he took an unusual step filing a criminal complaint While this was going on, for fear that Durst, in poor health and Allegedly COVID-19. hospitalized with Over the weekend, he could have died before any charges were brought against him.
Durst’s lawyers could not immediately be contacted for comment. There has been no public update on Durst’s medical condition after one of his lawyers, Dick DeGuerin, revealed he had COVID-19.
Robert Abrams, a lawyer for Cathy Durst’s relatives, said only that the family was happy with the criminal charge. He said there would be no further comment as the matter is still with the grand jury. Some or all of his four siblings have either already testified or are expected to testify.
He describes Robert Durst’s abusive treatment of his sister and his desire to divorce her. Her brother recounts a Christmas party at their mother’s house in which Durst pulled Kathy by the hair as she demanded them to leave.
Berman was killed just before Christmas 2000, weeks after news broke that New York State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra had reopened the investigation into the disappearance of Cathy Durst.
The criminal complaint in Lewisboro was filed by Becerra, who knew nothing about the Dursts when he was reported missing in 1999.
The complaint accuses Durst of intentionally killing his wife in or near the cottage, but does not provide any details about how she was killed.
Becerra wrote that the allegation was based on law enforcement files from police and prosecutors in New York and Los Angeles, interviews and recorded interviews of witnesses, and Robert Durst’s own words in court testimony.
The interview included hours Durst spent with the producers of “The Jinx”, a move that was criticized by his own lawyers.
The sixth and final episode ended with Durst being in the bathroom, caught on a hot mic saying “What did I do?” And answering to himself “Absolutely killed them all.” The footage was edited out but “killed them all” was taken as an admission that he was responsible not only for Black’s death but also for his wife and Berman.