US tycoon Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder – Times of India

LOS ANGELES: US real estate scion Robert Durst was Friday convicted of killing his best friend to prevent her talking to police about his wife’s disappearance.
Durst, a multi-millionaire who was the subject of explosive HBO documentary “The Jinx,” had always denied that he shot Susan Berman in the back of the head in 2000 at her Beverly Hills home.
But a jury in Los Angeles took a total of just eight hours to find the 78-year-old guilty of the execution-style slaying.
Prosecutors had said he murdered crime writer Berman in December 2000 to prevent her from being questioned by New York police over the disappearance of his wife Kathleen two decades earlier.
Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, had acted as a spokeswoman for Durst after he became a suspect in Kathleen’s disappearance.
Durst, an estranged member of one of New York’s wealthiest and most powerful real estate dynasties, was never charged in his wife’s case.
He was arrested in March 2015 in a New Orleans hotel room in connection with Berman’s murder, hours before the final episode of the HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” aired.
In the documentary’s stunning finale, Durst is heard muttering to himself, “There it is, you’re caught” and “Killed them all, of course” —
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