Robert Durst (above, in a still from an HBO documentary) has been under scrutiny since his wife Kathleen (inset) disappeared in ’82.
Family of Robert Durst’s First Wife
Sues Him for $100 Million in Her Disappearance
Stranger Than Fiction? Try Fact. The life of Robert A. Durst could be the stuff of legend. The shrewd, enigmatic scion of a prominent New York family, Mr. Durst has come to be known not for his deal-making prowess, but for the cloud of suspicion he has lived under for more than 30 years.
Durst, the scion of a New York real estate empire, has long been a suspect in the notorious 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie. Further suspicion was raised with the unsolved killing of his confidante, Susan Berman, thought to be a key witness in the investigation into Kathie’s disappearance in 2000, as well as the subsequent killing and dismemberment of a neighbour in Galveston, Texas. Durst has consistently maintained his innocence.
Since his first wife vanished more than three decades ago, Robert A. Durst, the eccentric and estranged son of one of New York’s most prominent real estate dynasties, has lived under the suspicious gaze of law enforcement officials in three states.
He was investigated, but never charged, in the mysterious disappearance of his young, beautiful first wife and the mob-like execution of a close friend in Los Angeles. He beheaded a cantankerous neighbour in Texas in what he described as an act of self-defence, cross-dressed to conceal his identity and then escaped the police, whose nationwide manhunt took them to Northern California, then New Orleans and, finally, Bethlehem, Pa., where Mr. Durst had gone to college.
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