Robert Durst dies at the age of 78 four months after being sentenced to life in prison

Robert Durst, a convicted murderer, heir to real estate and the subject of HBO’s real crime documentary, The Jinx, died at the age of 78 while serving a life sentence for murder in a Los Angeles correctional facility.

He died just four months after being sentenced to life in 2000 for the execution of his longtime girlfriend Susan Berman.

His lawyer, Chip Lewis, confirmed to the New York Times that he had died at San Joaquin General Hospital after suffering a heart attack.

In December, he was seen fragile and with a breathing tube in a mug issued by the California Department of Correctional Facilities.

Just a few months earlier, Durst, who had a number of health problems, including being infected with COVID-19, had been seen in a wheelchair for most of his California trial.

At the time of his death in 2003, he was acquitted of the murder of his neighbor and charged by a grand jury with the mysterious disappearance of his first wife in 1982.

Durst’s lawyers said he suffered from “countless life-threatening problems” last September, including bladder cancer. “His health deteriorated during the weeks of the trial,” said his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin. “He looked like a heated death.”

In December, he was seen fragile and with a breathing tube in a mug issued by the California Department of Correctional Facilities.

In December, he was seen fragile and with a breathing tube in a mug issued by the California Department of Correctional Facilities.

Last October was Durst sentenced to life imprisonment for the execution of his longtime girlfriend and confidant Susan Berman. The plaintiffs claimed that his motive was to prevent her from revealing what she knew about the disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack Durst in 1982.

During the trial, his defense sought to postpone his case due to persistent health problems, including chest pain, respiratory problems, pain in dressing and catheter insertion, and urinary tract infections due to bladder cancer.

Despite his poor health, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his best friend Susan Berman in December 2000 and then charged with the murder of his first wife, Kathie Durst, in 1982.

His death leaves many unanswered questions about Kathie’s unresolved case; and renewed public interest in the deceptive offenses of one of America’s most bizarre killers.

Robert Durst, the convicted murderer and subject of HBO’s true crime documentary “The Jinx,” died serving a life sentence in prison. He was 78 years old

Durst, born April 12, 1943, was the eldest son of a major New York real estate dynasty. His grandfather, the family patriarch, Joseph Durst, was a tailor from Poland who moved to New York in 1902 with $ 3 sewn into his lapel.

Within a few years, Joseph moved away from selling baby clothes in strollers and became a partner in a clothing factory.

Soon after, he expanded into real estate in 1915 by buying his first building on 34th Street. He also founded Capital National Bank, which provided loans to the clothing district and was eventually sold – giving him the initial money for his nascent real estate empire.

Today, the Durst Organization is worth $ 8 billion with towering skyscrapers dominating the iconic Manhattan skyline. The family business owns more than 16 million square feet of real estate in New York City, including a 10% stake in One World Trade Center.

Robert Durst’s childhood was marked by tragedy when he witnessed his mother Bernice commit suicide by jumping from the roof of their family home. (Family members later claimed it was an accident and a dispute that Robert was present at the time).

Robert Durst was the eldest son of a prominent New York real estate family.  He had a very problematic childhood.  From the beginning, he was prone to violent explosions and pathological lying

Robert Durst was the eldest son of a prominent New York real estate family. He had a very problematic childhood. From the beginning, he was prone to violent explosions and pathological lying

Robert's relationship with his brother Douglas, who was only 18 months old, was eternally strained.  As children, they were counseling for a violent sibling rivalry that often ended in physical battles

After the death of his mother Beatrice in 1950, Robert had a difficult upbringing.  His 32-year-old mother died after falling from the roof of their Scarsdale residence in New York.  However, Robert, only seven at the time, claimed to have seen her jump off the roof

Robert’s childhood was marked by the death of his mother Beatrice (right) in 1950. His 32-year-old mother died after falling from the roof of their Scarsdale residence in New York. His relationship with his younger brother Douglas (left) was permanently strained

Robert’s relationship with his brother Douglas, who was only 18 months old, was eternally strained.

As children, they were counseling for a violent sibling rivalry that often ended in physical battles.

A psychiatrist’s report from 1953 diagnosed 10-year-old Robert with ‘personality breakdown and perhaps even schizophrenia’.

Classmates described Durst as a “loner” in high school. He then studied economics at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and then matriculated at UCLA to enroll in a doctoral program. There he met Susan Berman, an aspiring writer who was the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster.

In 1969, Durst left UCLA to open a health food store in Vermont, which closed after just two years.

He moved back to New York and began dating Kathleen McCormack, a young dental hygienist who rented an apartment owned by Durst.

After two meetings, Kathie asked to move in, and they married on Robert’s thirtieth birthday in 1973.

Robert joined his father Seymour and brother Douglas in the family business and built a number of successful skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan. Meanwhile, Kathie enrolled in medical school to become a doctor.

The couple had fun at Studio 54, sailing the Mediterranean and traveling to Thailand while sharing time between their penthouse on Riverside Drive and a lakeside lodge in the northern part of the state.

But their relationship became problematic, friends later said, as Durst began to control himself and urged his wife to have an abortion.

“I’ve always, always, always been very in control,” he said matter-of-factly in HBO’s The Jinx.

Three weeks before she disappeared in 1982, 29-year-old Kathleen was treated at the hospital for bruises on her face during a physical fight with Durst.

She found that Durst had an affair with Prudence Farrow (younger sister of Mia Farrow and the theme of the Beatles song ‘Dear Prudence.’)

Despite its enormous wealth, Durst was notoriously cheap. When Kathie applied for a $ 250,000 divorce settlement (a bribe for billionaires), she refused, removing her name from their bank accounts and canceling all of her credit cards.

Kathie McCormack was last seen alive on January 31, 1982, when she unexpectedly appeared at a dinner hosted by a friend.

Durst claimed he took his wife to catch the train at 9:15 p.m. to Manhattan after arguing at their cottage in upstate. He claimed to have returned for a drink with a neighbor and spoke to McCormack later that evening when she called from their apartment on Riverside Drive.

Durst later admitted that he lied and just went to bed. “I told the police,” he told The Jinx. “I was hoping it would all go away.” McCormack was never seen again and her body was never found.

It took Durst five days to report her disappearance to the police. At that time, he had already aroused suspicion between her family and friends and was considered the main suspect by the police.

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