Robert Durst is a US multi-millionaire Robert Durst, estranged member of one of New York’s wealthiest and most powerful real estate dynasties has always denied the charges.
US real estate scion Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the killing of his best friend.
Who is Robert Durst?
Durst, a multi-millionaire who was the subject of an explosive HBO documentary entitled “The Jinx,” has always denied charges that he shot that friend, Susan Berman, in the back of the head in 2000 at her Beverly Hills home to keep her from talking to police about the disappearance of his wife two decades earlier.
But last month, a jury in Los Angeles took just eight hours to find the 78-year-old guilty of the execution-style slaying of Berman.
“This crime was a witness killing,” Judge Mark Windham said before reading out the life sentence. “That circumstance… tremendously aggravated this awful, disturbing crime.”
Windham rejected the defense’s request for a new trial, saying, “There is sufficient, in fact, overwhelming evidence of guilt.”
The court also heard from Sareb Kaufman, a son of Berman who said he has wondered what his life would have been like had Durst not killed his mother.
“Every plan was completely swept away,” a crying Kaufman said. “You also murdered me, the person I was.”
Durst sat motionless in a wheelchair during Thursday’s court session.
Prosecutors say he murdered crime writer Berman to prevent her from being questioned by New York police over the disappearance of his wife Kathleen.
Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, had acted as a spokeswoman for Durst after he became a suspect in the wife’s disappearance.
Robert Durst Net Worth
Durst and his family are prominent in the real estate world. Today, the Durst Organization is run by Robert’s brother Douglas and his nephew Jody.
As per Forbes, the family as a whole is worth $8.1 billion.
However, this source estimates Robert’s net worth alone accumulates to about $65 million.
Robert Durst Asset
Durst family has a hefty net worth and its members are notable figures in real estate.
Joseph Durst, Robert’s great-grandfather, came from Poland to the United States in 1903 with only $3 in his pocket. In 1915, he established the Durst Organization. After Joseph’s death in 1974, Robert’s father Seymour took over and focused on developing skyscrapers in New York City.
The Durst family now owns more than 16 million square feet of real estate in New York and Philadelphia. They also have a 10% stake in One World Trade Center.