Millionaire Darst gets life sentence in U.S. for 21-year-old murder

A Los Angeles court sentenced U.S. real estate magnate Robert Durst to life in prison for the 2000 murder of his close friend Susan Berman. This was reported by the Los Angeles Times on October 14.

In September, a jury after three days of deliberations found Durst guilty of third-degree murder. According to the publication, the 78-year-old tycoon, who owns a number of office buildings in central New York, did not say a word during the sentencing, and his defense did not try to plead for leniency.

The millionaire, who had long denied being in Los Angeles at the time of Berman’s death, testified in court that he found her dead on her bedroom floor. During questioning, the defendant continually confused his testimony and eventually admitted that it was “hard to believe and accept” that he had sent a note indicating the location of Berman’s body without killing his close acquaintance.

In 2015, on the set of a documentary series called The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the millionaire accidentally confessed to committing several murders.

“Well, that’s it. You’ve been caught. What did I do? Killed them all,” he muttered to himself as he retreated to the bathroom with his microphone on.

In March of that year, Durst was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana. The businessman was also suspected of involvement in the mysterious 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst, who has yet to be found. He himself claimed for years that he had “no idea” who killed Berman and did not know what happened to his first wife.

Deputy District Attorney John Levin suggested that Durst was a narcissistic psychopath. According to his version, the tycoon first killed his wife and then was forced to continue the murders to cover his tracks.

Robert Durst owns a number of office buildings in downtown New York City and has an estimated net worth of $100 million.