Jury finds Robert Durst guilty of murder of friend Susan Berman 20 years ago



On Friday, a jury in Los Angeles found Robert Durst guilty of murder. The jury convicted the 78-year-old millionaire on the charge that he murdered his best friend Susan Berman on December 23, 2000. A documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst” connected him to the murder, which in turn was related to his wife disappearance. He was not in court but was in isolation in jail as he had been in contact with someone who had COVID-19.


Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, told friends that she provided Durst with a phony alibi after his wife ‘Kathie Durst’s disappearance in 1982. Robert Durst and Susan Berman had been friends since the time they studied at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Berman was facing financial difficulties and Durst had given her $50,000. Prosecutors suggested that she wanted to get more money from him by telling him that she would inform on him to the police and so he murdered her.


In 2015, just before the airing of the final episode of the documentary on HBO, the real estate millionaire was arrested from a New Orleans hotel, where he was hiding. He was confronted with incriminating evidence and made a confession as reported by the prosecutors.


In the documentary, Durst could be heard, speaking to himself in the bathroom. He reportedly said, “There it is. You’re caught.” He might not have known that the mike was live.


Durst had testified for himself as he had done so in  a case involving the murder of a tenant and friend Morris Black in Texas in 2001. He was acquitted on the charges it being an accident as he said that Black was killed in a struggle for the gun.


In the case of Susan Berman, despite his testimony, the jury found him guilty and convicted him of murder. He will be charged on October 18, in Los Angeles. Kathie Durst is still missing, and her family are still waiting for justice.

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