A prominent real estate magnate who famously admitted “I killed them all” after forgetting he had a live microphone will die behind bars.
Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday for the murder of his longtime friend, Susan Berman.
The 78-year-old real estate magnate was sentenced last month to murder for shooting Berman completely without a head in her home in LA just before Christmas 2000.
Prosecutors claimed he killed his best friend and confidant to prevent her from telling police about a false alibi she left after his wife, Kathie McCormack Durst, disappeared from Westchester County in 1982.
“This crime was a testimony and a circumstance for that crime was a denial of justice to the McCormack family,” Judge Mark Windham said before sentencing.
“And they suffered terribly because of Kathie’s death and saw her insulted and denied justice.”
Kathie was eventually declared legally dead, but Durst was never charged with the crime.
The heir, who reportedly has a personal net worth of $ 87 million, appeared disguised in court in a wheelchair that looked helpless, his hair rude and his eyes cast down.
He sat slung and random, his head tilted on the backrest for most of the hearing.
Lawyers for Durst had argued for a new trial but that request was denied by the judge in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The judge spoke about Berman after family members discussed their loss.
“Susan Berman was an extraordinary person. I personally wish I could have known her, Judge Windham said. “I feel like I got to know her deputy far too late and in terrible circumstances, but she was an extraordinary person and killing her was a terrible loss to our society.”
Prosecutors allege that Durst, whose family is behind real estate giant The Durst Organization, which has assets worth an estimated $ 8.1 billion, planned to flee the country in 2015 after the HBO documentary The Jinx: Robert Durst’s Life and Death about the alleged murders that were broadcast.
Durst seemed to confess to the murders during the miniseries, which you can watch Bin in Australia.
“Killed them all, of course,” Durst got stuck and muttered to himself on a live microphone.
Durst was arrested in 2015 in New Orleans one day before the last episode aired.
His trial showed the elaborate prosthetic mask from head to toe and fake ID cards that Durst planned to use to hide his identity when he ran for it.
Following Durst’s conviction, Deputy Prosecutor John Lewin described him as a “narcissistic psychopath” who “killed his wife and … had to keep killing to hide it”.
“He is 78 years old. He’s been around a long time. He had a lot more of a life, you know, Kathie did not get 30. Given what he did, he got a lot more life than he was entitled to, says Lewin.
Durst’s trial did not start until March last year but was forced to suspend for 14 months in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic.
It was resumed in May this year before the jury reached its verdict on September 17.
In the wake of his conviction in Berman’s death, a Westchester County prosecutor is prepared to prosecute him in his wife’s death, a source told the Associated Press.
Durst testified during his LA trial that he did not kill his wife or best friend.
Prosecutors will appoint a jury in the coming weeks to hear evidence against Durst when his wife disappears.
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