New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for murdering a friend over 20 years ago, in a murder likely linked to the killer’s missing wife.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham handed down the sentence a month after jurors convicted Durst of first degree murder for the December 23, 2000 death of Susan Berman, who had been shot in point blank at the back of the head. The home of Benedict Canyon.
Berman was to speak to police about a false alibi she allegedly gave to Durst when his wife went missing in New York City in 1982, prosecutors said.
Kathie Durst has never been found and no charges have ever been laid in connection with her disappearance.
After Berman’s death, Durst fell off the grid and landed in Galveston, Texas, where he took the name Dorothy Ciner and regularly wore a woman’s wig, dresses, and high heels.
Durst’s neighbor, Morris Black, was killed and dismembered by Durst in September 2001, but was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.
Then in a 2015 HBO documentary series, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Durst appeared to confess to the murders.
He went to the bathroom while wearing a hot microphone, which recorded him whispering to himself, “You’re taken! What did I do? I killed them all, of course. . “
Tim fitzsimons contributed.