Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO’s The Jinx, Arrested For Murder In New Orleans


Robert Durst mugshot photo

Robert Durst was arrested on Saturday in New Orleans after Los Angeles County issued a warrant.

The 71-year-old is being held without bond for his alleged involvement in the disappearance and killings of three people, which includes a close friend, his first wife, and a neighbor. The arrest comes just as the final episode “The Jinx” airs tonight.

Robert Durst is a member of the famously wealthy family that runs the Durst Organization, a privately held multibillion-dollar real estate company headed by patriarch Seymour Durst.

Robert has been estranged from his family since at least 1994, when his father appointed his brother Douglas as the heir of the company. Over a dozen family members have restraining orders on Durst. He was arrested last year for trespassing on his brother’s property.

Durst had moved to Texas and was pretending to be a mute woman named Dorothy Ciner and was implicated in the murder and dismemberment of Morris Black, who was found in Galveston Bay 14 years ago in 2001.

The millionaire was tried for the grisly 2001 murder of his neighbor Morris Black in Texas.  He was found not guilty in 2003 after claiming the killing was in self-defense, but he admitted to dismembering the body, putting it in bags and dumping it in Galveston Bay.

Durst murdered Morris Black

He was rearrested for the Morris Black trial after he shaved all the hair and eyebrows, skipped out on his 300,000 bail and was arrested in Pennsylvania for trying to steal a chicken sandwich even though he had thousands of dollars on him at the time.

He served about three years in prison for his bail offense.

The HBO miniseries has reopened questions regarding Durst’s involvement in the death of his longtime friend and confidante, Susan Berman.

The Jinx led to the discovery of a previously unseen letter by Berman’s stepson, which was handed over to law enforcement officials in California. This handwritten note apparently carries distinct similarities to the anonymous letter police received following Berman’s murder, and may be the smoking gun that prosecutors could use to finally indict Durst.

Susan Berman murdered

Some suspect that Ms Berman played a role in the disappearance of Dursts’s wife Kathleen.

Berman was murdered just before before she was scheduled to be questioned about the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s first wife Kathleen McCormack in New York.

Last month Durst, who has spoken openly to the HBO series, said that he was ‘complicit in Kathie’s not being here’ but had nothing to do with her disappearance.  He also admitted to forcing her to have an abortion in 1976 and having a physical altercation with her the night she disappeared.

Kathleen McCormick & Robert Durst

He was fined $500 last year after taking a piss on a candy rack at a Houston CVS pharmacy in July.

Durst has remarried to Debrah Lee Charatan, who is seen on the HBO show, on December 11, 2000, shortly before Ms Berman died.

He divorced Ms McCormack in 1990, angering her family by not reaching out to them. She was declared legally dead in 2001.

Durst was arrested at 4:30 p.m. at the JW Marriot on a probable cause warrant for the 2000 Beverly Hills murder of his friend Susan Berman, FBI Los Angeles spokesman Laura Eimiller stated.

Robert Durst arrested

Federal officials said that Durst was in the lobby, mumbling, when he was arrested, and had been registered under a false name with a fake ID, having paid for the room in cash.

His brother, Douglas Durst, who now runs the family real-estate empire, released a statement Sunday afternoon saying, “We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”

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