Robert Durst, Killer Who Helped Spark True Crime Obsession, Dead At 78
Robert Durst, whose connection to three mysterious deaths helped spark the true crime wave, has passed away at 78
Robert Durst, New York real estate heir and convicted murderer, has passed away at age 78.
Durst first came to notoriety after the mysterious disappearance of his wife in 1982. While Kathleen McCormack Durst was never found, police and McCormack’s family suspected Durst played a role in her disappearance. That would be just the first of three murders/disappearances that Durst was connected to.
He became a minor celebrity following the HBO documentary The Jinx, which examined the three cases and included a secretly recorded confession of Durst where he claimed he’d “kill them all of course.”
I would highly recommend The Jinx. It is a lot better than most “True crime” shows out there because the suspect is front and center the whole time.
The success of The Jinx led to Durst’s arrest and conviction for the murder of Susan Berman, a former friend of Durst’s who provided an alibi for his wife’s disappearance. Berman was found in 2000 murdered execution-style in her house. Durst was in the area and, in 2021, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Before his death, Durst’s lawyers had requested Durst be released on compassionate grounds, as he had developed bladder cancer.
Twitter Reacts To Robert Durst’s Death
The man did not work well in the end.
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) January 10, 2022
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Robert Durst: gone where the goblins go.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) January 10, 2022
Liza Minnelli outlives another!
Liza Minnelli has outlived Robert Durst who has died in prison. The real estate heir was a suspect in three lurid killings and was found guilty last year in the murder of a confidante.
— LizaMinnelliOutlives (@LiZaOutlives) January 10, 2022
Robert Durst just died. No not the singer for Limp Bizkit. The serial killer.
— Susan St. James🍊 (@SusanStJames3_) January 10, 2022
I can only hope my obituary is as spicy.
— erica orden (@eorden) January 10, 2022
Everybody laughed at me when I said God would smite Bob Saget and Robert Durst one right after the other.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) January 10, 2022
Not Robert Durst!!! 💔💔 2022 keeps taking people from us!!
— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) January 10, 2022
RIP Robert Durst, you taught me it was okay to be weird
— John Ganz (@lionel_trolling) January 10, 2022
Robert Durst’s True Crime legacy
I know he murdered people but the worst thing Robert Durst did was give us all unrealistic expectations of documentary endings
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) January 10, 2022
In terms of true crime pioneers, it’s hard not to put Robert Durst up there.
The 2014 mini-series came right as “True crime” started to pop off as a popular documentary/podcast genre. His story was rare among true crime for its rather conclusive ending. Durst was arrested the day after the series finale of The Jinx.
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