Robert Durst

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Durst Lawyer: Dismemberment Is Evidence of Innocence

He left 'hundreds of clues' after killing man in 2001

(Newser) - The savage and sloppy manner in which Robert Durst dismembered a man he accidentally killed in Texas helps prove the New York real estate heir didn’t murder his best friend or kill his wife, his lawyer argued Wednesday. Durst's amateurish efforts to dispose of the body of Morris...

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Lawyers ask to postpone murder trial already delayed due to COVID

(Newser) - Days before Robert Durst's murder trial was set to resume after a more than yearlong delay, his lawyers are asking for it to be postponed indefinitely. Durst, the heir to a New York real estate empire who is accused of fatally shooting his friend Susan Berman in 2000 and...

Coronavirus Has Now Delayed an Infamous Murder Trial

Robert Durst trial is now postponed in LA at least until April 6

(Newser) - The trial of Robert Durst has become another coronavirus casualty. Los Angeles County Superior Court Mark E. Windham says the murder trial of the real estate heir will be adjourned until at least April 6. The superior court's presiding judge said Sunday that new civil and criminal trials will...

Durst Plotted to Kill Brother, Too: Prosecutors

He allegedly used 'Igor' as code for murder

(Newser) - "I was planning on Igor-ing BM." So said Robert Durst in a jailhouse phone call in 2001, a recording played during his murder trial Monday. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin explained to jurors that "BM" referred to his brother, Douglas, and "Igor-ing" was his code for...

'This Is the Trial' You Want to Be On: Durst Judge

Jury selection began Wednesday in Robert Durst's murder trial

(Newser) - For someone who says he doesn’t like talking with people, Robert Durst has shown a propensity to open up to strangers. It has not done him any favors. The New York real estate heir’s lengthy interviews with filmmakers led to a damning documentary on his suspected role in...

Robert Durst Admits Writing Infamous Tip-Off Note

Lawyers for the New York real estate heir acknowledge he penned the letter to police

(Newser) - Lawyers for New York real estate heir Robert Durst acknowledge he penned a note tipping off police to the location of the body of a friend he’s accused of killing, according to court documents. In a court filing Christmas Eve in Los Angeles Superior Court, lawyers for Durst conceded...

Durst's Final Jinx Words Seem 'Damning.' They Were Also Edited

As trial approaches, documentary makers under fire for presenting his words out of order

(Newser) - Dramatic storytelling or manipulation of the truth? That's the question posed by the New York Times about the HBO documentary The Jinx, which in 2015 aired an apparent "confession" by Robert Durst—accused of killing friend Susan Berman and long suspected of killing his wife—in its final...

Durst Ordered to Stand Trial for LA Murder

He's accused of shooting a friend 18 years ago

(Newser) - Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was the subject of a television documentary series, was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the murder of his close friend in Los Angeles 18 years ago. A judge ruled that there is enough evidence to try the eccentric 75-year-old multimillionaire...

Secret Witness Spills on Durst: Wife's Fears, Open Marriage

Former BFF Nick Chavin says disappeared Kathie Durst called husband 'impossible'

(Newser) - The bizarre story of Robert Durst took a new turn this week as the much-talked-about "secret witness" emerged with details on Durst's first marriage. Per NBC News , 72-year-old Nick Chavin showed up at the real estate heir's pretrial hearing for his murder case Wednesday—through a back...

Durst: I Was on Meth Whole Time HBO Filmed Me

Transcript of 2015 jailhouse interview released

(Newser) - Robert Durst in November pleaded not guilty to the 2000 murder of best friend Susan Berman, a plea that came more than a year and a half after HBO's The Jinx aired him muttering, "killed them all" into a hot mic. Now, new claims about that comment, which...

Durst Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in LA

Heir is accused of killing friend in 2000

(Newser) - Wearing a neck brace and seated in a wheelchair, looking pale and frail, real estate heir and documentary star Robert Durst pleaded not guilty to murder Monday, more than a year and a half after a live microphone recorded him muttering, "killed them all." The 73-year-old Durst entered...

Judge OKs Putting Durst Away for 7 Years

Real estate heir will be sent to Calif. prison for his medical needs

(Newser) - A New Orleans judge officially approved Robert Durst's February plea deal on a gun charge and sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, Reuters reports. For more than a year, the real estate heir has languished in a New Orleans prison after being nabbed with a handgun...

Robert Durst Gets 7 Years for Gun Charges

And he'll be moved to LA to stand trial for murder by mid-August

(Newser) - Robert Durst , millionaire oddball and star of HBO's true-crime documentary The Jinx, pleaded guilty to gun charges Wednesday in New Orleans, earning him 85 months in prison and clearing the way for his extradition to California by summer's end, the New York Times reports. Durst, 72, was...

LA Getting Another Celeb Murder Trial

Robert Durst will face charges next summer in friend's killing

(Newser) - Los Angeles will get another high-profile celebrity trial next summer: Real estate heir Robert Durst has agreed to be extradited from Louisiana to face charges that he murdered friend Susan Berman in 2000, reports the AP . The Durst case is convoluted, but he's the one who seemingly implicated himself...

HBO Documentary Spurs Missing Wife's Family to Act

Robert Durst 'did it, and we can prove it,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Until the night of March 15, Jim McCormack had held out hope that his sister, Kathie Durst, was somehow still alive, more than 30 years after she vanished following a fight with her husband. "I know it sounds sophomoric to think that, but she's my baby sister and...

Durst Indicted, Not Going to California Anytime Soon

He faces up to 20 years on two gun charges

(Newser) - Robert Durst won't be going to California anytime soon. His extradition to Los Angeles is on what the Times-Picayune calls "indefinite hold" following his indictment in New Orleans today on two gun charges. He's being held without bond. The millionaire real estate heir was arrested March 14...

Judge: Durst Dumped a Cat's Head at My Door

She thinks he held grudge over parole hearing

(Newser) - Eccentric heir Robert Durst is behind bars, and the judge who oversaw his 2003 murder trial says she hopes he stays there. Texas Judge Susan Criss tells the New York Daily News that she believes Durst, holding a grudge after she testified against him at a parole hearing, was the...

Durst Eyed in Cases of 2 Missing Teens

Heir's extradition to California delayed

(Newser) - "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course," Robert Durst said in the finale of The Jinx , and cold-case investigators are now starting to wonder how many "them all" might mean. Police in Eureka, Calif., tell NBC that they'd like to speak to...

AP Clarifies: Murder Suspect Durst Isn't With Limp Bizkit

Item confused him with Fred Durst

(Newser) - Robert Durst has been in the news a lot lately as the real estate heir accused of murder. Fred Durst is famous as the lead singer of Limp Bizkit. And thus we arrive at why the AP wins today's "correction of the day" honors in the eyes...

How 2 Letters Led to Durst's Murder Charge

Official describes key evidence as the letters, not alleged confession

(Newser) - A law enforcement official is speaking out about the evidence Robert Durst was presented with before he allegedly confessed to murder while wearing a mic. The unnamed official tells the AP that Durst was handed two letters during the final episode of the HBO series The Jinx: One he had...

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