A judge in Los Angeles (California, USA) sentenced millionaire Robert Durst to life imprisonment for ending the life of writer Susan Berman, murdered in 2000 by a shot to the head.
Judge Mark Windham imposed the sentence a month after a popular jury declared the 78-year-old businessman guilty of a crime of murder for which he was formally charged in 2015, although Durst was already suspected of two other crimes dating back more than three decades.
“It was a horrible crime”, the judge assured before communicating the sentence, according to statements collected by CNN.
According to the verdict, Durst shot Berman, with whom he had a friendship, at his home in Beverly Hills, California, since the woman allegedly he had witnessed another crime allegedly committed by him as well.
Berman died before telling investigators what he knew about the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack, Durst’s ex-wife who has been missing since 1982.
McCormack disappeared without a trace in 1982 after expressing his desire to divorce Durst, in a case that remained unsolved.
A decade later, the police reopened the investigation and in 2000 Berman, who until then had interceded as a friend on behalf of Durst, was found dead from a shot to the head. shortly before they could question her about what happened to McCormack.
To these two disappearances is added a third, in 2001, and for which Durst pleaded guilty but was acquitted.
The tycoon admitted to killing and later dismembering his neighbor in a Texas town, whose chopped body appeared floating in the sea.
Durst was tried and exonerated by a jury that found that he had acted in self defense after a struggle with the victim, although the prosecution indicated that the true intention of the businessman was steal the identity of your neighbor to evade Justice.
Durst’s wanderings were recorded in the documentary series the HBO The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Directed by Andrew Jarecki, who was proposed by Durst himself proposed eager for someone to let him Tell his story.
Thirst it heir to one of the richest families in New York, that he became rich thanks to the real estate business, although in 1994 his father chose his younger brother Douglas to take over the family business.