Robert Durst, the convicted assassin and disgraced multimillionaire actual property inheritor, has died. He was 78.
Durst died in a California hospital whereas serving a life sentence for the homicide of Susan Berman, his buddy and confidante who prosecutors say helped him cowl up the killing of his first spouse.
In a press release, Chip Lewis, an lawyer who represented Durst at trial, mentioned Durst died “early this morning whereas within the custody of California’s Division of Corrections.
“We perceive that his dying was as a consequence of pure causes related to a litany of medical points we had repeatedly reported to the courtroom over the past couple of years.”
Durst examined constructive for Covid-19 instantly after the October sentencing for Berman’s killing and was transferred to the hospital, the place he was positioned on a ventilator.
His lawyer mentioned on the time that Durst “was having problem respiration and he was having problem speaking”. Even earlier than the prognosis, the 78-year-old had appeared sick, frail and typically confused all through the latest trial.
Durst’s dying comes months after he was charged with homicide within the dying of his first spouse, Kathie McCormack Durst, who disappeared in 1982.
Durst was accused of second-degree homicide within the disappearance of McCormack, who went lacking on 31 January 1982 at age 29. Her physique was by no means discovered and was she declared legally lifeless in 2017 on the request of her household.
Final month, Durst was discovered responsible of murdering Berman, a buddy who prosecutors say he shot at point-blank vary in her residence to forestall her from telling police what she knew about McCormack’s disappearance.
On the sentencing, Berman’s family pleaded unsuccessfully with Durst to inform the McCormack household the place he buried his first spouse’s physique.
“Any hope of any sort of redemption you will discover is in letting them know the place to seek out Kathie,” Sareb Kaufman, Berman’s stepson, mentioned.
The Berman case marked the primary murder conviction for Durst, who has been linked to the deaths of three individuals in three states over 4 many years, and got here six years after the documentary sequence The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst introduced the multimillionaire into the highlight.
The sequence chronicled McCormack’s disappearance, the homicide of Berman in 2000, and the 2001 dying of a neighbor in Texas, the place Durst was hiding out, disguised as a deaf-mute girl. He famously appeared to admit to the killings within the closing episode of the sequence, saying to himself, “What the hell did I do? … Killed all of them, in fact.”