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The Jinx Subject Robert Durst Convicted Of First-Degree Murder

September 17, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst Image Credit: HBO

Robert Durst, who rose to infamy in the 2015 HBO docuseries The Jinx about his alleged murders, has been convicted of one of those crimes. Deadline reports that a Los Angeles jury found the former tycoon guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his one-time friend Susan Berman on Friday.

Berman was one of the deaths profiled in The Jinx, which aired on HBO in 2015 and infamously saw Durst admit to the killings while wearing a microphone he didn’t know was still hot. Durst claimed during the trial that he meant “they’ll all think I killed them all, of course.”

The jury took six hours of deliberations to convict Durst of the murder of Berman, who was found dead in her Benedict Canyon home in 2000. A written note notifying police of the body’s location was a big part of both the trial and the miniseries. Durst’s attorneys acknowledged during the trial that he had written the note, something he had previously denied, but maintained his innocence in the killing.

The trial was delayed multiple times, including several times due to the pandemic, and resumed in May with COVID safety protocols in effect.

Durst was previously acquitted in Texas years ago in charges related to the death of his neighbor Morris Black, with the court finding that he killed and dismembered Black in self-defense. Durst’s first wife Kathleen McCormack also disappeared in 1982 on her way to medical school in New York. Durst has been suspected of being involved in her disappearance since but he has never been arrested for it.

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