Hudson Valley native Robert Durst, the nationally renowned New York real estate heir, was convicted of execution-style murder of a close confidante more than two decades ago.
The verdict relates to the 2000 murder of Susan Berman, who was found dead in her Beverly Hills home, Los Angeles.
She was a friend of Durst, who, prosecutors said, helped cover up the 1982 New York disappearance of his wife, Kathie, in the Northwest Chester hamlet of South Salem in the city of Lewisboro.
Prosecutors alleged Durst confided in Berman that he killed Kathie Durst and then worried that Berman would convict him, prompting him to kill her.
Durst, now 78 years old and in a wheelchair, said he never saw or heard his wife again after seeing her on the platform near their home on January 31, 1982, despite telling investigators he was she had called and spoken to her meanwhile; she was at the couple’s Manhattan apartment.
“That was a lie,” said Durst. “I wanted to convince him that Kathie had come back.”
Now convicted of first-degree murder, Durst faces life imprisonment.
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