A judge in Los Angeles (USA) sentenced the millionaire Robert Durst to life imprisonment for ending the life of writer Susan Berman, who was shot in the head in 2000.
Judge Mark Windham imposed the sentence a month after a popular jury found the 78-year-old businessman guilty of a crime of murder for which he was formally charged in 2015, although Durst was already a suspect in two other murders dating back more than three decades ago.
“It was a horrible crime,” said the judge before communicating the sentence, according to statements collected by CNN.
According to the verdict, Durst shot Berman, with whom he maintained a friendship, at his home in Beverly Hills (USA) as the woman had witnessed another crime allegedly committed by him.
Berman died before telling investigators what he knew about the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack, Durst’s ex-wife who has been missing since 1982.
McCormack disappeared without a trace in 1982 after expressing his desire to divorce Durst, in a case that remained unsolved.
A decade later, the police reopened the investigation and in 2000 Berman, who until then had interceded as a friend on Durst’s behalf, was found dead from a gunshot to the head shortly before they could question her about what happened to McCormack.
To these two disappearances is added a third, in 2001, and for which Durst pleaded guilty, but was acquitted.
The mogul admitted killing and later dismembering his neighbor in a Texas town, whose carcass was found floating in the sea.
Durst was tried and exonerated by a jury that determined that he had acted in self-defense after a struggle with the victim, although the prosecution indicated that the businessman’s true intention was to steal the identity of his neighbor to evade Justice.
Durst’s adventures were captured in the HBO documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”, a program directed by Andrew Jarecki that Durst himself proposed eager that someone would let him tell his story.
Durst is the heir to one of the richest families in New York, which became rich thanks to the real estate business, although in 1994 his father chose his younger brother Douglas to take over the family business.
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