Convicted murderer Robert Durst is dead at the age of 78.
According to reports, the disgraced New York real estate mogul went into cardiac arrest on Monday and was pronounced dead at California’s San Joaquin General Hospital where staffers were unable to resuscitate him.
Details of Durst’s other alleged crimes
Durst was convicted of the first-degree murder of his friend Susan Berman, whom he shot in the head more than 20 years ago.
Although he was only convicted of killing one person, he was a suspect in the homicides of two others.
Three years after Berman’s death, Durst faced trial for the death of his neighbor Morris Black. A lack of evidence led to him being found not guilty.
He was also suspected of killing his first wife in 1982. After he was convicted in the Berman case, New York law enforcement filed a complaint seeking charges against him based on newly discovered evidence.
Winchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah issued a statement at the time, explaining that the office “can confirm that a complaint charging Robert Durst with the murder of Kathleen Durst was filed in Lewisboro Town Court on Oct. 19, 2021.”
Nagging questions remain
Durst’s case was the subject of a 2015 HBO documentary called The Jinx in which he appeared to admit to several murders.
He had built a personal fortune of about $100 million in the real estate industry, according to an arrest warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Of course, his true net worth remained shrouded in mystery amid several conflicting accounts of how wealthy he truly was. His fortune was just one small part of the billion-dollar empire created by his father, Seymour, who was also a New York real estate mogul.
Hopefully, the friends and relatives of Durst’s victim — or victims — will take some solace in knowing that justice was at least partially served and that with his death, the world is now a safer place.
Reports indicate that Durst suffered from declining health during the Berman trial. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer and was wheeled into court with his prison clothes on as his defense team claimed that he was physically unable to wear a suit.