Robert Durst Wiki
Robert Alan Durst (born April 12, 1943) is an American real estate heir, son of New York City mogul Seymour Durst, and the elder brother of Douglas Durst, head of the Durst Organization. It is suspected that he murdered three people in different states: Kathleen McCormack Durst, his first wife, who disappeared in New York in 1982; Susan Berman, her lifelong friend, who was murdered in California in 2000; and his neighbor, Morris Black, who was killed in Texas in 2001. Durst was subjected to a human hunt in several states after Black’s body parts were found floating in Galveston Bay, and he was eventually convicted of dismembering Black but acquitted of his murder.
Robert Durst Early Life
One of the four children, Robert Durst was born on April 12, 1943, and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, in a Jewish family. He is the son of real estate investor Seymour Durst and his wife Bernice Herstein. His brothers are Douglas, Tommy, and Wendy. Durst’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Durst, who was a tailor when he emigrated from Austria-Hungary in 1902, and finally became a successful real estate manager and developer, founding the Durst Organization in 1927. Seymour became head of the company family in 1974 after his father’s death. When Robert was seven years old, his mother died as a result of a fall from the Scarsdale family house; later he affirmed that, just before his death, his father accompanied him to a window from which he could see her standing on the roof. However, in a March 2015 interview in the New York Times, his brother Douglas denied that Robert had witnessed his death. When they were children, Robert and Douglas were advised by sibling rivalry; a 1953 psychiatrist’s report on Robert, 10, mentioned “personality decomposition and possibly even schizophrenia.”
Robert Durst Education
Durst attended Scarsdale High School, where classmates described him as a loner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1965 from Lehigh University
Robert Durst Killing His Close Friend Susan Berman
Berman — a close friend of Durst’s since their UCLA days — allegedly helped Durst with an alibi for when Kathleen Durst vanished.
Berman was about to meet with investigators about the Kathleen Durst case when she was killed at her house in Beverly Hills.
Opening arguments will begin in Los Angeles on Wednesday in the highly anticipated trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst, accused of killing his close friend Susan Berman. Berman’s body was found in his home on Christmas Eve in 2000. He had been shot in execution-style in the back of the head.
Robert Durst Charged
Durst was charged in the 2001 murder of neighboring Morris Black in Galveston, Texas, but Durst said he was shot in self-defense and was found not guilty.
Robert Durst Arrested
Durst was arrested for the murder of Berman in 2015, a day before the last episode aired by the HBO series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”
Robert Durst Other cases
Days after the Berman murder, police were reportedly examining connections between Durst and disappearances of 18-year-old Lynne Schulze from Middlebury, Vermont, and 16-year-old Karen Mitchell from Eureka, California. Investigators are also looking into a possible connection with the disappearance of 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi, who was last seen in San Francisco in 1997.
Schulze, a Middlebury College freshman, visited Durst’s health food store on December 10, 1971, the day she disappeared, and was last seen that afternoon near a bus stop across from the store. DeGuerin characterized the Schulze investigation as “opportunistic” and said he would not permit his client to be questioned by Vermont police. Author and investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck reported in 2003, and again in his 2015 book A Deadly Secret, that credit card records placed Durst in Eureka on November 25, 1997, the day Mitchell vanished. Mitchell may have volunteered in a homeless shelter that Durst frequented; Durst, dressed in women’s clothing, had visited the Eureka shoe store owned by Mitchell’s aunt. Mitchell was last seen walking to work from her aunt’s store and possibly speaking to someone in a stopped car; a witness sketch of Mitchell’s presumed abductor resembles Durst.
Although the FBI ultimately could not connect Durst to the Long Island serial murders (in which some victims were disposed of in a similar manner to the Black killing), the Bureau created an informal task force in 2012 to work with investigative agencies in jurisdictions where Durst was known to have lived in past decades, including Vermont, New York, and California. In the wake of his recent arrest, the FBI encouraged such localities to re-examine cold cases. Texas private investigator Bobbi Bacha has also traced Durst operating under stolen identities in Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Virginia.