Robert Durst

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Robert Durst
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Durst in December 2021
Robert Alan Durst

(1943-04-12)April 12, 1943
DiedJanuary 10, 2022(2022-01-10) (aged 78)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest caused by COVID-19
Other namesBobby Durst
EducationLehigh University (BA)
Kathie McCormack (m. 1973–1990)

Debrah Charatan (m. 2000)
Parent(s)Seymour Durst
Bernice Herstein
RelativesDouglas Durst (brother)
Joseph Durst (grandfather)
Conviction(s)First degree murder, tampering with evidence, bail jumping, illegally possessing a firearm, misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Criminal penalty
  • Life imprisonment without parole (2021 conviction)[1]
  • Firearm charge 85 months (2016)
  • Tampering with evidence and bail jumping 60 months (2004)

Robert Alan Durst (April 12, 1943[2] – January 10, 2022) was an American real estate businessman, convicted murderer and possible serial killer.[3] He was the son of New York City mogul Seymour Durst, and the elder brother of Douglas Durst, head of the Durst Organization. His crime allegations and trial were covered in the HBO miniseries The Jinx.

Criminal charges[change | change source]

Durst was suspected of foul play against three individuals in different states: Kathleen McCormack Durst, his first wife, who disappeared in New York in 1982; Susan Berman, his longtime friend, who was murdered in California in 2000; and his neighbor, Morris Black, who was killed in Texas in 2001.

Durst was the subject of a multi-state manhunt and was convicted of dismembering Black, but acquitted of his murder.

On March 14, 2015, Durst was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, on a first-degree murder warrant signed by a Los Angeles judge in relation to the Berman killing. On November 4, 2016, Durst was transferred to California and soon after was arraigned in Los Angeles on first-degree murder charges.[4]

On September 17, 2021, the jury convicted Durst of first degree murder in the death of Susan Berman.[5]

Death[change | change source]

On October 16, 2021, Durst tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator.[6][7] He died on January 10, 2022 from cardiac arrest at a medical center in French Camp, California at the age of 78.[8] His health got worse after getting COVID in October and he also had bladder cancer.[9]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "US multimillionaire Robert Durst receives life in prison for killing best friend". The Straits Times (Singapore). October 14, 2021. Archived from the original on October 15, 2021. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  2. Collins, Marion (November 18, 2002). Without a Trace. New York: McMillan. ISBN 978-0-312-98502-8.
  3. readSeptember 18, 8 min; 2021 - 11:14am (2021-09-18). "Infamous serial killer finally caught". news. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  4. "Key hearing in Robert Durst murder case postponed until April". Los Angeles Times. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  5. Bagli, Charles V. (2021-09-17). "Robert Durst Found Guilty of Murder After Decades of Suspicion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  6. "Robert Durst on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer says - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 16, 2021. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  7. Jean Casarez. "Robert Durst, convicted murderer, has Covid-19". CNN. Archived from the original on October 16, 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  8. Robert Durst dies in custody
  9. Robert Durst, NY real estate heir and convicted killer, dead at 78

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