Robert Durst was sentenced to life in jail right this moment for the 2000 homicide of his finest buddy 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 docket Decide Mark Windham sentenced Durst, now 78, on the Inglewood Courthouse in Los Angeles Superior Court docket.
‘As Susan Berman’s household have described for us, Susan Berman was a rare human. I personally want I may have recognized her,’ he informed the court docket.
‘That is certainly a horrific crime.’
For the first-degree homicide of Berman with intention of killing a witness, Durst was imprisoned to life in jail with out the potential for parole.
Durst’s sentencing got here as New York prosecutors put together to carry costs in opposition to him over Kathie’s disappearance nearly 4 a long time in the past.
Robert Durst, 78, was sentenced Thursday for the homicide of Susan Berman. He’s pictured in court docket final month throughout closing arguments
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, Berman’s son, mentioned throughout a robust sufferer’s impression assertion that Durst ruined his life.
‘You didn’t simply homicide Kathy, or Morris, or Susan, you additionally murdered me,’ he mentioned. ‘You murdered the person I was. All his dreams are gone. He no longer exists.’
Durst was convicted of murdering his best friend Susan Berman (pictured together) in a gangland-execution style murder in her Los Angeles home in 2000
Berman’s son said his life has not been the same since the murder.
‘All I can say is at 47, I’m still in the same type of job, never advanced,’ he told the court.
‘No wife, no children, and almost no family because of what Robert has done… Since my mother’s murder, it has been a daily soul consuming and crushing experience.’
Since the murder 21 years ago, Kaufman said there’s not been a single day when Berman has not consumed nearly every of his thoughts.
Durst’s defense team filed a motion requesting a new trial last month citing the delay in his trial – caused in part by the pandemic – and insufficient evidence.
The victim’s niece Grace Berman said she wished Durst no ill will.
‘In fact, I would like Bobby to live many, many, years; to be on record for the longest living predator, ever,’ she informed the decide.
‘And with each breath between from right now on, when you breathe in, you will hear Susan. When you exhale, you will hear Berman, and the ringing in your ears may never stop.’
The decide in the course of the sentencing described the crime as ‘brutal’ as Durst watched stoically
Deni Marcus, who grew up with Berman, informed the court docket of how she robbed of a ‘loyal, fabulous buddy.’
‘She was at all times so supportive and fantastic,’ she mentioned. ‘She would make my gray days lots much less gray.’
She mentioned she doesn’t hate Durst.
‘Hate was by no means on my wheelhouse or hers,’ she informed the court docket. ‘Hate can’t enter my life, it doesn’t matter what. She at all times made positive that I knew that hate serves no function.’
Throughout the trial, prosecutors mentioned Durst had additionally killed Kathie – regardless of him by no means going through costs and the trial being Berman’s homicide.
They used Kathie’s alleged homicide as a motive for Durst to kill his longtime buddy and confidante.
The jury additionally upheld the particular circumstances allegation that Berman was killed due to her information about Kathie’s disappearance.
Durst was accused of capturing Berman point-blank behind her head after New York authorities reopened the investigation into Kathie’s disappearance in 2000 and needed to talk to her concerning 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 mentioned 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 college to say she was sick on the morning after she was final seen alive.
This led investigators to imagine Durst’s model of occasions that he noticed her board a prepare to New York Metropolis on the evening of January 31 1982 after they spent the weekend at their dwelling in South Salem, Westchester County.
He claimed he spoke to his spouse when she arrived at their Manhattan penthouse and had cocktails together with his neighbor later that evening.
Investigators later discovered no proof of Kathie ever boarding the prepare 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 underneath cross-examination.
He claimed he found Berman’s physique when he went to go to her however didn’t name police for worry he can 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 dwelling on Christmas Eve 2000.
Actual 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 informed cops there was a ‘cadaver’ on the deal with 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 buddy already murdered and did not need to depart 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.
Because the Durst Group inheritor, his entanglement within the disappearance of his spouse, loss of life and dismemberment of his neighbor, and execution of his finest buddy has hit headlines for years.
However he evaded prosecution for years.
Prosecutors credited the documentary The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst for his eventual downfall.
Within the present, a scorching mic picks up Durst confessing: ‘I killed all of them, after all.’
Documentary makers additionally in contrast the ‘cadaver’ be aware to one other letter from Durst to Berman which spelled Beverly Hills the identical method.
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 together with her 10 days earlier than she vanished in 1982
Jill Biden‘s ex-husband Invoice Stevenson has been approached to be a possible star witness over the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s spouse Kathie, in response to report.
Sources near the investigation informed Information 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 discovered 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 Metropolis 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.
Simply 10 days later, Kathie vanished with out a hint.
Investigators are mentioned to have been none the wiser till Stevenson spoke out to Information 12 concerning the incident earlier this 12 months – regardless of Stevenson saying he reported it to police when Kathie disappeared.
His model of occasions may present prosecutors with a possible motive for Durst killing his spouse.
Jill Biden’s ex-husband Invoice Stevenson (pictured) has been approached to be a possible star witness over the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s spouse Kathie, in response to report
Now, he’s anticipated to be referred to as as a star witness to testify in entrance of a grand jury in Westchester as District Legal professional Mimi Rocah pursues costs in opposition to convicted assassin Durst nearly 4 a long time on from when his spouse was final seen alive.
A number of different witnesses have additionally been referred to as to testify within the proceedings that are attributable to start no later than Monday on the Westchester County Courthouse.
This implies it’s seemingly that the grand jury panel might be chosen by the tip of this week. Whereas these different witnesses haven’t been recognized, they’re anticipated to incorporate a number of of Kathie’s buddies and relations.
It emerged earlier this month that Rocah was pursuing costs in opposition to Durst, now 78, over Kathie’s disappearance after he was convicted in September of murdering his finest buddy Susan Berman in a gangland-execution type homicide in her Los Angeles dwelling in 2000.
Stevenson informed Information 12 earlier this 12 months that he and Kathie had been buddies since they have been youngsters and he and Jill had hosted her and Durst at their dwelling in Delaware in 1974.
Whereas Jill and Kathie ‘hit it off’ in the course of the go to, Stevenson mentioned he seen Durst behaving oddly.
Kathie and Robert Durst collectively. Sources mentioned 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 discovered about it simply ten days earlier than she went lacking
Stevenson mentioned he and Jill hosted the Dursts at their dwelling 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 mentioned his friendship with Kathie solely turned intimate in January 1982 – when he was divorced from Jill however Kathie was nonetheless married to Durst.
He mentioned Kathie started confiding in him that she was petrified of her husband and he visited her 5 instances between 1981 and 1982.
‘She mentioned I am having an actual downside with Robert and I am scared to loss of life,’ he mentioned.
‘She mentioned he was being violent together 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 mentioned.
‘She was on this silk nightie. Nothing was mentioned. She grabbed my hand, led me again to the bed room,’ he mentioned.
‘We closed the door and life modified for each of us. Completely sudden. Stunning evening. 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 following 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 mentioned.
‘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 began yelling: ‘Kathleen, this is not going to occur.’
‘She begins yelling: ‘I am transferring to Delaware! I am finished! We’re finished!’ I am like sitting there, I am in shock. Individuals have to know, this man is a monster. I noticed it in his eyes.’
When Kathie went lacking days later, Stevenson mentioned 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. Simply 10 days later, Kathie vanished
‘I bought in my automotive, went to the nineteenth precinct – actually inside 24 hours – and mentioned: ‘Nuh uh. He killed her.’
‘[The cop] wrote a pair issues down, and mentioned ‘we’ll get again to you.’ I by no means heard a phrase again from them,’ he mentioned.
Stevenson mentioned he believes Durst killed her after discovering their affair and described himself because the ‘lacking hyperlink on this case.’
He mentioned he appears like he ‘let her down’ and infrequently wonders ‘what may I’ve finished in another way’ – however insists he has no regrets about their affair.
‘I do not really feel responsible about that. He was abusing her and she or he needed out. And I really feel like if one thing occurred fantastic on the finish of her life, I hope this was it,’ he mentioned.
‘I am sorry. I simply hope that you recognize she had the identical ideas on the finish there.’
The First Woman has by no means spoken publicly concerning the case or talked about assembly the Dursts up to now.