Robert Durst, a real estate heir to Multimillionaire New York, was convicted of murdering his best friend over 20 years ago in a story that came back to life in the HBO crime documentary. Jinx..
Dust was convicted of killing Susan Berman in 2000 and stopped talking to police about his wife’s disappearance nearly 20 years ago.
The Los Angeles jury deliberated for more than seven hours in three days before reaching the verdict.
Journalist Ms. Berman was shot in the head at close range at her 55-year-old Beverly Hills home. She offered an alibi to Durst when she was suspected of disappearing in 1982 due to the disappearance of her missing wife Kathleen McCormack. And now it is estimated to be dead.
Prosecutors alleged that Dust had killed three people, including Ms. Berman, Ms. McCormack, and her elderly neighbor Morris Black, who discovered Dust’s identity in 2001 when she was hiding in Texas.
Prosecutors called Dust, 78, a “self-euphoric psychopath,” and painted a man who didn’t think the law would apply.
Dust is one of New York’s wealthiest and most powerful real estate dynasties and owns landmarks such as the One Five One Building in Times Square and the development of the One World Trade Center.
The jury heard over 20 hours of interviews with the producers of the documentary series. The Jinx: Robert Durst’s Life and Death, This is a record of the deaths of Mr. Berman, Mr. McCormack, and Mr. Black.
At the last moment of the jinx, Durst can be heard muttering to himself off the screen. Of course, I killed them all. “
The trial, which began temporarily in March 2020 before being postponed due to a pandemic, is imminent since Durst was arrested the night before the final episode of 2015.
Filmmakers confronted Durst in an anonymous memo sent to the Los Angeles Police Department in 2000, warning police officers that there was a “corpse” in Ms. Berman’s house on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
They compared it to the letter he sent to Ms. Berman a year ago, showing that they both misspelled the same Beverly Hills as “Beverly.” Dust couldn’t distinguish between the two letters in the documentary.
On the eve of the trial, Durst’s lawyer admitted that he wrote a note and found Mr. Berman in a blood clot at his home in Los Angeles.
However, in closing arguments, defendant lawyer David Chesnov said the prosecutor was unable to provide concrete evidence linking Durst to Berman’s murder.
“This is the only theory you have. Somehow Susan Berman and Bob Durst are in this situation where Susan had something to him, which is the theory they want to count on,” Chesnov said. Said.
Dust, who was tried in a wheelchair, was convicted of a single murder and faced life imprisonment with no parole options.
The jury also found that special circumstances had been proven in connection with Ms. Berman’s death, and Durst was afraid to reveal what she knew about his disappearance, so “Ambush” and “Ambush.” It was determined that he had committed the crime of “murdering a witness.” wife.
Life imprisonment is required for both charges. The judge will rule on Dust in October.
Dust was acquitted in 2003 for killing a drifter, Morris, an elderly neighbor who lived in the same building as him in a room house in Galveston, Texas.
At that time, Durst lived in hiding as a deaf woman. He later admitted that he had accidentally killed Morris in self-defense, then dismantled the victim’s body and disposed of it at sea.
However, Durst’s conviction for the murder of Ms. Berman renewed the demand for justice from his first wife’s family.
After the verdict was announced Friday afternoon, Ms. McCormack’s family issued a statement calling on prosecutors to pursue her death case.
“Durst was duly convicted of killing Susan Berman, who helped hide the truth about Kathy’s death, but the McCormacks are still awaiting justice,” the statement said. “Cathy is still waiting for justice.”
Dust’s brother Douglas, who oversees the Dust family’s $ 8 billion real estate empire, was a witness to the indictment during the trial. He told the court, “He wants to kill me.”
Dust, who was in prison for the duration of the trial, was quarantined after being exposed to someone in Covid and was not present to read the verdict.
Judge Mark Wyndham of the High Court, who oversaw the case, called the case “the most unusual case I have ever seen or even heard.”
Dust will be sentenced on October 18th.