Robert Durst indicted for murder 39 years after wife Kathie Durst disappeared

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Robert Durst was indicted connected Monday for execution successful the decease of his archetypal wife, Kathie McCormack Durst, who disappeared astir 4 decades ago.

The multimillionaire existent property heir is presently serving a beingness condemnation successful California for the execution of Susan Berman, his person and confidante who prosecutors accidental helped him screen up Kathie Durst’s killing.

Durst was hospitalized connected a ventilator with Covid-19 aft his 14 October sentencing successful the Los Angeles lawsuit and was transferred past week to a authorities situation hospital. His existent aesculapian information was not released.

A expansive assemblage successful the New York City suburbs returned the second-degree murder indictment connected Monday. “When Kathleen Durst disappeared connected January 31, 1982, her household and friends were near with pain, anguish and questions that person contributed to their unfaltering pursuit of justness for the past 39 years,” the Westchester territory attorney, Mimi Rocah, said successful a connection announcing the indictment.

Rocah said her bureau had “reinvigorated its investigation” into Robert Durst erstwhile she took bureau successful January, launching a acold lawsuit portion and dedicating indispensable accomplishment and resources. She decided to instrumentality the lawsuit to a expansive assemblage successful aboriginal October. Rocah said Durst’s indictment was a “huge measurement guardant successful the pursuit of justness for Kathie Durst, her household and victims of home unit everywhere”.

Asked by a newsman if helium had immoderate absorption to the indictment, Durst’s lawyer Chip Lewis replied successful an email: “Fake news!” Asked successful a consequent email if helium would beryllium representing Durst successful the New York lawsuit and whether determination were wellness concerns astir moving him to New York, Lewis responded: “Not definite helium volition marque it. But if helium does, I’ll fto you know.”

A lawyer for Kathie Durst’s household said they were inactive processing the quality of the indictment and would talk much astir the substance successful the coming days.

Kathie Durst’s 1982 disappearance garnered renewed nationalist involvement aft HBO aired a documentary successful 2015 successful which Durst appeared to admit sidesplitting people, stepping disconnected camera and muttering to himself connected a unrecorded microphone: “Killed them all, of course.”

Kathie Durst was 29 and successful her last months of aesculapian schoolhouse erstwhile she was past seen. She and Robert Durst, who was 38 astatine the time, had been joined astir 9 years and were surviving successful South Salem, a assemblage successful Lewisboro, New York. Her assemblage was ne'er found. Robert Durst divorced her successful 1990, citing abandonment. At the petition of her family, she was declared legally dormant successful 2017. Robert Durst had ne'er antecedently been charged successful her disappearance.

In December 2000, Durst changeable and killed Berman arsenic she was preparing to archer constabulary astir her engagement successful Kathie Durst’s death, prosecutors said. She had told friends she provided a phony alibi for him aft his woman vanished, according to prosecutors.

Durst was convicted successful September of sidesplitting Berman. Afterward, the Los Angeles authoritative John Lewin described him arsenic a “narcissistic psychopath”, saying Durst had “killed his woman and past helium had to support sidesplitting to screen it up”.

Durst, testifying successful the Los Angeles proceedings successful August, denied sidesplitting Kathie Durst. After her aesculapian schoolhouse called to study that she hadn’t been going to class, helium said helium figured she was “out someplace having fun” and suggested that possibly cause usage was to blame.

“It hadn’t occurred to maine that thing had happened to her,” Durst said, speaking dilatory successful a strained, raspy voice. “It was much like: what had Kathie done to Kathie?”