Robert Durst is back in the headlines again and the suspicion around him for decades may finally be catching up to him. Durst is one of four children of New York City real estate mogul Seymour Durst and a brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst. He came to media attention in the 1980s when his wife Kathleen Durst disappeared.   Prior to her disappearance she had told several friends she was afraid of Robert and to not let him get away with it if something happened to her. Kathie Durst was last seen alive on January 31, 1982. Her body has never been found but she was declared dead in 2001. Robert Durst was never charged.

On December 24, 2000, Durst’s longtime friend, Susan Berman, who was believed to have knowledge of Kathie’s disappearance, was found murdered in her California home. Berman was set to meet with New York authorities regarding the disappearance of Kathie Durst just days after she was found dead. Many believe Robert Durst silenced her but it was never proven.

On October 9, 2001, Durst was arrested in Galveston shortly after body parts of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, were found in Galveston Bay, but was released on $300,000 bail the next day. He missed a court hearing on October 16 and a warrant was issued for his arrest for bail jumping.

On November 30, 2001, he was caught shoplifting in Pennsylvania, even though he had $500 cash in his pocket. A police search of his rented car yielded $37,000 in cash, two guns, marijuana, and Black’s driver’s license. During his trial for Black’s murder in 2003, he claimed self-defense. The jury acquitted him of murder. The following year, Durst pleaded guilty to two counts of bond jumping and evidence tampering.

As part of a plea bargain, he received a five year sentence with credit for time served, requiring him to serve about three years in prison. He was paroled in 2005 but returned to jail for violating parole in December of the same year. He was again released from custody in March 2006 and managed to stay out of the headlines for nearly a decade but the cloud of suspicion remained.

In early 2015, an HBO documentary titled The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst described circumstantial evidence linking Durst to the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman, who was believed to have knowledge of Kathie Durst’s 1982 disappearance. It’s been reported that a March 1999 letter from Durst to Berman, discovered by Berman’s stepson and turned over to filmmakers during their research, provided new key evidence leading to the filing of murder charges.

During the filming of “The Jinx” Robert Durst made an astonishing admission to himself, not realizing his mic was still on during a bathroom break. Upset over feeling like the interview was not going well, Durst was heard whispering to himself “What the hell did I do?” “Killed them all, of course.”

Durst was arrested by FBI agents on March 14, 2015 in New Orleans, where he had registered under a false name. In addition to a loaded revolver, police recovered five ounces of marijuana, Durst’s birth certificate and passport, a map showing Florida and Cuba, a “flesh-toned” latex mask covering the face and neck, afake Texas ID, a new cellphone, and $42,631 in cash. Also discovered was a UPS tracking number which led to an additional $117,000 cash. Bank statements revealed cash withdrawals of $315,000 in the last month. While you would hope that this man will finally pay for his alleged crimes, we’ll have to wait and see.

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