Almost 20 years after the slaying of his best friend, high-profile real estate heir Robert Durst will finally stand trial in her killing. The trial will likely last up to five months. On Wednesday, jury selection began in California.
76-year-old Durst, a member of one of New York’s wealthiest real estate families who is said to be worth $100 million, faces one count of murder in the death of his close friend and confidante Susan Berman, the daughter of a well-known Las Vegas mob boss. Berman, who had been shot point-blank in the back of her head, was found lying face down in her Los Angeles home on Christmas Eve 2000. While Durst faces trial in her killing, he has also been suspected in two other slayings, including that of his ex-wife Kathleen, who went missing in 1982, and of his former neighbor Morris Black, who died in 2001.
Durst captured the public eye after being the subject of a six-part 2015 HBO docu-series called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” Filmmakers were given unfettered access to Durst, who gave unabridged details of his involvement in the slayings, including an apparent confession on a hot microphone.