New York real estate heir and subject of the acclaimed HBO documentary series The Jinx, Robert Durst, will return to Los Angeles by mid-2016 to face a murder charge in connection with the death of his friend Susan Berman, prosecutors have announced.
The L.A. County district attorney’s office said in a statement it had reached a deal with Durst’s lawyers to have him extradited from New Orleans by August 18. A Durst murder trial would be one of the most closely watched criminal trials in L.A. in recent years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Jinx looked into the mysterious disappearance in 1982 of Durst’s first wife, Kathy, as well as the 2000 killing of Berman, found shot in her Benedict Canyon home. Durst has denied having anything to do with Berman’s death. “Bob Durst didn’t kill Susan Berman and doesn’t know who did,” Durst’s Houston-based attorney, Dick DeGuerin said. “He’s ready to get to California and prove his innocence.”
In the last episode of the six-part series, a writing sample from Durst was compared to an envelope from a letter he sent to Berman in 1999 and an anonymous note sent to Beverly Hills police at the time of her killing, informing authorities “a cadaver” could be found in Berman’s house. Both writing samples are written in capital letters, and in each case the “Beverly” in Beverly Hills is misspelled.
With his microphone still recording him while he used the bathroom, the series ends with Durst’s voice heard saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
In November, the 101-year-old mother of Durst’s first wife Kathy — Ann McCormack — and Kathy’s three sisters also filed a lawsuit for $100 million with the New York State Supreme Court, claiming Durst disallowed the family proper opportunity to sepulcher — a New York law that grants family members the immediate right to possession of a body for burial. “There is no evidence that Robert Durst had anything to do with Kathleen’s disappearance. Anybody can file a lawsuit, but eventually they’ll have to come with evidence,” his lawyers said.
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