78-year-old American millionaire Robert Durst was sentenced to life imprisonment in California on Thursday, after being found guilty by a jury last month of the murder of a friend of his in 2000, a 2015 HBO documentary shed new light on the case. According to the prosecutors, Durst, from a stony real estate dynasty, has two other murders on his conscience.
The judge delivered the verdict after a jury found it proven Durst shot his good friend Susan Berman in the head in 2000. He would have done so to prevent Berman from testimony about the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack. The millionaire is a suspect in that missing case, but was never prosecuted. Durst would have cleared Berman out of the way so she couldn‘t tell him she had helped him muffle his wife’s murder.
Durst was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of Berman‘s murder. Just hours after that the final episode aired in the HBO documentary about him, ‘The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst‘. During the shooting, Durst talked about the murders when he thought there were no microphones on it.
The prosecutors underlined in court last month the importance of the documentary for Durst’s prosecution. “If they hadn‘t done those interviews, we wouldn’t be where we are,” said Chief Prosecutor John Lewin. A letter from the wealthy American and an audio recording of a friend of his were also submitted as evidence.
According to the prosecutors, Durst committed a third murder in 2001 when he went into hiding in Texas. He would have killed his neighbor when he recognized him and then dismembered his body. Durst stated that it was self-defense and was eventually acquitted in that case.