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Robert Durst, millionaire convicted of murdering writer Susan Berman in the head, dies


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The businessman, also reported for the disappearance of his wife and the murder of one of his neighbors, was the heir to one of the richest families in New York

Robert Durst, during the trial.
Robert Durst, during the trial.Jae C. HongAP
  • Judgment Life in prison for millionaire Robert Durst for killing his best friend, writer Susan Berman

The American Millionaire Robert Durst died this Monday at the age of 78, just three months after a court of Lost sentenced him to life imprisonment for the murder of writer Susan Berman by shooting him to the head in 2000.

His lawyer Chip Lewis confirmed to local media that Durst died in a California hospital due to cardiorespiratory arrest.

The businessman, also reported for the disappearance of his wife and the murder of one of his neighbors, had already been hospitalized last October for covid-19 just two days after being convicted.

Durst, 78, was the heir to one of the wealthiest families in New York, who became rich thanks to the real estate business, although in 1994 his father chose his younger brother Douglas to take over the family business.

His story is recounted in the HBO documentary series ‘The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst’, a program directed by Andrew Jarecki that Durst himself proposed, eager that someone would let him tell his life.

The life sentence against him was confirmed last September, a month after a popular jury found the businessman guilty of a crime of murder for which he was formally charged in 2015, although Durst was already suspect in two other murders dating back more than three decades.

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According to the verdict, Durst shot Berman, with whom he maintained a friendship, at his home in Beverly Hills (USA) as the woman had witnessed another crime allegedly committed by him.

Berman died before telling investigators what he knew about the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack, Durst’s ex-wife who has been missing since 1982.

McCormack disappeared without a trace in 1982 after expressing his desire to divorce Durst, in a case that remained unsolved.

A decade later the police reopened the investigation and in 2000 Berman, who until then had interceded as a friend on Durst’s behalf, turned up dead from a shot to the head shortly before they could question her about what happened to McCormack.

These two disappearances were compounded by a third, in 2001, for which Durst pleaded guilty but was acquitted.

The tycoon admitted to killing and later dismembering his neighbor in a town in Texas, whose chopped body appeared floating in the sea.

Durst was tried and exonerated by a jury, which determined that he had acted in self-defense after a struggle with the victim, although the accusation indicated that the true intention of the businessman was to steal the identity of his neighbor to avoid justice.

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