Robert Durst was sentenced to life in jail at present for the 2000 homicide of his best friend Susan Berman, who he shot useless in a gangland-style execution in order that she could not reveal what she knew about his spouse Kathie’s 1982 disappearance.
Superior Court Judge Mark Windham sentenced Durst, now 78, on the Inglewood Courthouse in Los Angeles Superior Court.
‘As Susan Berman’s household have described for us, Susan Berman was a rare human. I personally want I might have recognized her,’ he advised the court docket.
‘This is certainly a horrific crime.’
For the first-degree homicide of Berman with intention of killing a witness, Durst was sentenced to life in jail without the chance of parole.
Durst’s sentencing got here as New York prosecutors put together to convey fees towards him over Kathie’s disappearance virtually 4 many years in the past.
Robert Durst, 78, was sentenced to life in jail Thursday for the homicide of Susan Berman
He killed Berman (pictured collectively) in a gangland-execution fashion homicide in her Los Angeles house in 2000
Prosecutors selected to not search the loss of life penalty for Durst, who evaded justice for greater than 20 years for Berman’s brutal slaying and can also be lengthy suspected of murdering Kathie and his former neighbor Morris Black.
Sareb Kaufman, who regarded Berman as his mom, stated throughout a strong sufferer’s affect assertion that Durst ruined his life.
‘You didn’t simply homicide Kathy, or Morris, or Susan, you additionally murdered me,’ he stated. ‘You murdered the individual I used to be. All his desires are gone. He not exists.’
Sareb Kaufman, who thought-about Berman his mom, stated Durst destroyed his life
Since the homicide 21 years in the past, Kaufman stated there’s not been a single day when Berman has not consumed almost each of his ideas.
He stated his life has not been the identical.
‘All I can say is at 47, I’m nonetheless in the identical sort of job, by no means superior,’ he advised the court docket.
‘No spouse, no youngsters, and virtually no household as a result of of what Robert has executed… Since my mom’s homicide, it has been a every day soul consuming and crushing expertise.’
Durst’s protection staff filed a movement requesting a brand new trial final month citing the delay in his trial – brought on partially by the pandemic – and inadequate proof.
The request was denied Thursday.
Grace Berman stated she hopes Durst turns into the longest residing predator on document
The sufferer’s relative Grace Berman, talking by means of tears, stated she wished Durst no sick will.
‘As a matter of reality, I would love Bobby to stay many, many, years; to be on document for the longest residing predator, ever,’ she advised the choose.
‘And with every breath… from proper now on, once you breathe in, you’ll hear Susan. When you exhale, you’ll hear Berman, and the ringing in your ears might by no means cease.’
Deni Marcus, who thought-about Berman a sister, stated she will’t convey herself to hate Durst
Deni Marcus, who grew up with Berman and regarded her to be a sister, advised the court docket of how she robbed of an ‘completely extraordinary, unforgettable, good’ girl.
‘She was all the time so supportive and great,’ she stated. ‘She would make my gray days quite a bit much less gray.’
She stated she doesn’t hate Durst.
‘Hate was by no means on my wheelhouse or hers,’ she advised the court docket. ‘Hate can’t enter my life, it doesn’t matter what. She all the time made positive that I knew that hate serves no objective.’
During the trial, prosecutors stated Durst had additionally killed Kathie – regardless of him by no means dealing with fees and the trial being Berman’s homicide.
They used Kathie’s alleged homicide as a motive for Durst to kill his longtime friend and confidante.
The jury additionally upheld the particular circumstances allegation that Berman was killed as a result of of her information about Kathie’s disappearance.
Durst was accused of capturing Berman point-blank within the again of her head after New York authorities reopened the investigation into Kathie’s disappearance in 2000 and wished to talk to her about the case.
Prosecutor Habib Balian confirmed jurors a latex masks that Durst was discovered with when he was arrested at a New Orleans lodge in March 2015
Prosecutors stated Berman knew an excessive amount of about what occurred to Kathie and so she was silenced.
Berman is believed to have helped Durst cowl his tracks after his spouse’s disappearance, posing as Kathie to cellphone her medical faculty to say she was sick on the morning after she was final seen alive.
This led investigators to consider Durst’s model of occasions that he noticed her board a practice to New York City on the night time of January 31 1982 after they spent the weekend at their house in South Salem, Westchester County.
He claimed he spoke to his spouse when she arrived at their Manhattan penthouse and had cocktails along with his neighbor later that night time.
Investigators later discovered no proof of Kathie ever boarding the practice or arriving into New York and Durst later confessed to mendacity about their cellphone name and his drinks with a neighbor.
Durst testified over 15 days throughout his trial, 9 of them beneath cross-examination.
He claimed he found Berman’s physique when he went to go to her however didn’t name police for concern he could be accused of her homicide.
He additionally lastly confessed to writing a letter despatched to the LAPD alerting them to Berman’s useless physique in her Benedict Canyon house on Christmas Eve 2000.
Real property inheritor (pictured in August at his trial) Durst is the lead suspect in Kathie’s 1982 disappearance
Kathie and Robert Durst pictured collectively. She vanished in 1982 and has not been seen since
The letter advised cops there was a ‘cadaver’ on the handle and Beverly Hills was spelled incorrectly.
Durst denied for years that it was him who despatched the letter earlier than lastly admitting at his trial – however claiming it was as a result of he found his friend already murdered and did not wish to go away her physique undiscovered.
Durst was additionally charged – and acquitted in 2005 – of the 2001 homicide of Morris Black (above) who he admitted dismembering
Prosecutors additionally argued Durst was adept within the artwork of deception, displaying jurors a latex masks he was discovered with when he was arrested at a New Orleans lodge in March 2015.
As the Durst Organization inheritor, his entanglement within the disappearance of his spouse, loss of life and dismemberment of his neighbor, and execution of his best friend has hit headlines for years.
But he evaded prosecution for years.
Prosecutors credited the documentary The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst for his eventual downfall.
In the present, a scorching mic picks up Durst confessing: ‘I killed all of them, of course.’
Documentary makers additionally in contrast the ‘cadaver’ be aware to one other letter from Durst to Berman which spelled Beverly Hills the identical approach.
This comparability was offered at Durst’s trial.
Jill Biden’s first husband ‘to be star grand jury witness’ over Kathie Durst’s disappearance after he revealed he slept along with her 10 days earlier than she vanished in 1982
Jill Biden’s ex-husband Bill Stevenson has been approached to be a potential star witness over the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s spouse Kathie, in keeping with report.
Sources near the investigation advised News 12 that New York investigators have reached out to Stevenson for questioning following his bombshell revelation that he had been having an affair with Kathie and Durst came upon about it simply ten days earlier than she went lacking.
Stevenson, who was married to Jill between 1970 and 1975 and claims she cheated on him with Joe Biden, claimed he slept with Kathie at her and Durst’s New York City residence again in January 1982.
The morning after, Durst confirmed up on the residence, threatening Kathie and slamming a wad of rolled up money in her face, he claimed.
Just 10 days later, Kathie vanished without a hint.
Investigators are stated to have been none the wiser till Stevenson spoke out to News 12 about the incident earlier this 12 months – regardless of Stevenson saying he reported it to police when Kathie disappeared.
His model of occasions might present prosecutors with a potential motive for Durst killing his spouse.
Jill Biden’s ex-husband Bill Stevenson (pictured) has been approached to be a potential star witness over the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s spouse Kathie, in keeping with report
Now, he’s anticipated to be known as as a star witness to testify in entrance of a grand jury in Westchester as District Attorney Mimi Rocah pursues fees towards convicted assassin Durst virtually 4 many years on from when his spouse was final seen alive.
Several different witnesses have additionally been known as to testify within the proceedings that are resulting from start no later than Monday on the Westchester County Courthouse.
This means it’s seemingly that the grand jury panel can be chosen by the top of this week. While these different witnesses haven’t been recognized, they’re anticipated to incorporate a number of of Kathie’s buddies and kin.
It emerged earlier this month that Rocah was pursuing fees towards Durst, now 78, over Kathie’s disappearance after he was convicted in September of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in a gangland-execution fashion homicide in her Los Angeles house in 2000.
Stevenson advised News 12 earlier this 12 months that he and Kathie had been buddies since they had been youngsters and he and Jill had hosted her and Durst at their house in Delaware in 1974.
While Jill and Kathie ‘hit it off’ in the course of the go to, Stevenson stated he seen Durst behaving oddly.
Kathie and Robert Durst collectively. Sources stated that New York investigators have reached out to Stevenson for questioning following his bombshell revelation that he had been having an affair with Kathie and that Durst came upon about it simply ten days earlier than she went lacking
Stevenson stated he and Jill hosted the Dursts at their house in Delaware (above) one time in 1974
‘I bear in mind him speaking to himself in my storage. To me it was like, ‘oh my god’,’ he recalled.
Stevenson stated his friendship with Kathie solely turned intimate in January 1982 – when he was divorced from Jill however Kathie was nonetheless married to Durst.
He stated Kathie started confiding in him that she was scared of her husband and he visited her 5 instances between 1981 and 1982.
‘She stated I’m having an actual drawback with Robert and I’m scared to loss of life,’ he stated.
‘She stated he was being violent along with her. At that time, she could not belief anyone round her that knew Robert.’
It was on one journey to go to Kathie at her Manhattan penthouse residence that issues turned romantic, he stated.
‘She was on this silk nightie. Nothing was stated. She grabbed my hand, led me again to the bed room,’ he stated.
‘We closed the door and life modified for each of us. Totally sudden. Beautiful night time. No regrets.’
Stevenson recalled Durst turning up on the residence the next morning and discovering him there – with Kathie telling her husband she was leaving him,
‘The subsequent factor I notice we hear pounding on the door, it is 7.30 within the morning, she runs out of the bed room, runs again in and says it’d bob,’ he stated.
‘I jumped up and ran out, he screams one thing and he had a wad of money and he hit her proper within the face with it. He started yelling: ‘Kathleen, this is not going to occur.’
‘She begins yelling: ‘I’m transferring to Delaware! I’m executed! We’re executed!’ I’m like sitting there, I’m in shock. People have to know, this man is a monster. I noticed it in his eyes.’
When Kathie went lacking days later, Stevenson stated he went straight to the police however nobody adopted up on his report.
Stevenson claimed he slept with Kathie (pictured) at her NYC residence again in January 1982. The morning after, Durst confirmed up on the residence, threatening Kathie and slamming a wad of rolled up money in her face, he claimed. Just 10 days later, Kathie vanished
‘I obtained in my automotive, went to the nineteenth precinct – actually inside 24 hours – and stated: ‘Nuh uh. He killed her.’
‘[The cop] wrote a pair issues down, and stated ‘we’ll get again to you.’ I by no means heard a phrase again from them,’ he stated.
Stevenson stated he believes Durst killed her after discovering their affair and described himself because the ‘lacking link on this case.’
He stated he appears like he ‘let her down’ and infrequently wonders ‘what might I’ve executed in a different way’ – however insists he has no regrets about their affair.
‘I do not really feel responsible about that. He was abusing her and he or she wished out. And I really feel like if one thing occurred great on the finish of her life, I hope this was it,’ he stated.
‘I’m sorry. I simply hope that you recognize she had the identical ideas on the finish there.’
The First Lady has by no means spoken publicly about the case or talked about assembly the Dursts up to now.