According to his lawyer, the heir to one of New York's wealthiest families that murdered writer Susan Berman in 2000 is on a respirator. He is 78 years old.
Millionaire Robert Durst is hospitalized for COVID-19. His lawyer reported this Saturday, two days after a Los Angeles court sentenced him to life in prison for murdering writer Susan Berman in 2000 by shooting him in the head.
"All we know is that he has tested positive for COVID-19, is in a hospital and on a respirator," said his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, in a phone call with the television network NBC News. "Thursday, he had a terrible appearance; I have never seen him so bad. It was difficult for him to breathe; it was difficult for him to speak," he added.
Durst, 78, is the heir to one of the wealthiest families in New York, which became rich thanks to the real estate business. However, in 1994 his father chose his younger brother Douglas to take over the family business.
His story is told in HBO's documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Darst", a program directed by Andrew Jarecki, which Durst himself suggested, with the desire to make it his own. Tell life
The life sentence against him was confirmed this Thursday, a month after a popular jury found the businessman guilty of a crime of murder for which he was formally charged in 2015. However, Durst was already a suspect in two other murders that are they go back more than three decades.
According to the verdict, Durst shot Berman, with whom he maintained a friendship, at his Beverly Hills home as the woman had witnessed another crime allegedly committed by him.
Berman, who has been missing since 1982, died before investigators could be reached about the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack, Drummer's ex-wife.
In a case that remained unsolved, McCormack disappeared without a trace in 1982 after expressing his desire to divorce Durst.
A decade later, the police reopened the investigation. Then, in 2000, Berman, who until then had interceded as a friend on Durst's behalf, was found dead from a gunshot to the head shortly before they could question her about what happened to McCormack.
These two disappearances are compounded by a third in 2001, for which Durst pleaded guilty but was acquitted.
The mogul confessed to killing and later dismembering his neighbor in a Texas town, whose body was found floating in the sea.
Dorst was tried and acquitted, revealing that he had acted in self-defense after a struggle with the victim. However, the prosecution indicated that the true intention of the businessman was to steal the identity of his neighbor to evade Justice.