American millionaire Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison on Friday evening for the murder of his good friend Susan Berman. American media report that. The case became known after the documentary by the American television channel HBO about the life of Durst, in which he appeared to confess to the murder of Berman.
Berman is said to have been murdered by Durst because she had known about his earlier murder of his first wife in 1982 and provided him with an alibi. To prevent Berman from going to the police with her story, Durst shot her to death in December 2000, the jury ruled in a Los Angeles court on Friday.
Durst’s first wife has never been found and it has never been proven that Durst killed her. However, he was on trial for the murder and dismemberment of his neighbor in 2001. He was arrested after his body parts were found in a Texas bay. In this lawsuit, the millionaire claimed that the victim assaulted him. In self-defense, he had killed him and dismembered him in panic. He was acquitted by the jury.
Puddle of blood
In the lawsuit over Berman’s murder, lawyers for 78-year-old Durst argued that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had found his girlfriend in a pool of blood in her house. This does not prove that he also killed her, the defense said. According to the lawyers, Durst is the victim of HBO’s “fraud” filmmakers and a prosecutor who wants to put him behind bars.
The Documentary Series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst was broadcast in early 2015. Durst was arrested in March that year for the murder of Berman. According to the public prosecutor, the information in the documentary was so convincing and incriminating that he could be arrested on that basis. The series concluded with Durst going to the bathroom, unknowingly still wearing his pinned microphone. According to the series, he is said to have muttered to himself: “What the hell have I done? Killed them all of course.”
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