Judge officially declares Kathleen Durst dead

Robert Durst remains the only suspect in her 1982 disappearance

TRD New York /
Apr.April 07, 2017 01:30 PM

Kathleen and Robert Durst

More than three decades after she first disappeared, Robert Durst’s first wife Kathleen has been officially declared dead by a Manhattan judge.

The decision, made public Thursday, according to the New York Post, paves the way for her siblings to launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Robert, whom they believe killed her. Robert received a $65 million payout in 2007 in exchange for cutting ties with his family.

While Durst has never been charged in connection to her disappearance and presumed death, he is still the only suspect in the case. In 2015, HBO docu-drama “the Jinx” showed Robert muttering what appeared to be a murder confession. He was arrested in New Orleans after the program aired, and has since claimed he was high on methamphetamine during the filming.

Manhattan Surrogate Court judge Nora Anderson ruled Kathleen’s death date as Jan. 31 1982, according to the newspaper. That day was the last time the then-29-year-old was seen by Robert at their shared home in Westchester County.

The former heir to the Durst family fortune is serving a seven-year prison sentence for possession of a firearm, and facing trial in Los Angles for the murder of his friend Susan Berman.

Prosecutors say Robert murdered Berman in 2000 to prevent her from helping police with the investigation into Kathie’s death. He denied killing Berman.

He was acquitted of murdering his elderly neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas in 2003. [NYP] — Miriam Hall


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
An example of roll-off waste management (Credit: YouTube, iStock)

Big building owners prevent city from dumping container-pickup in trash-collection reform

“I can talk about erections all day”: NAR tech consultant’s bizarre fireside chat

Council member Vanessa Gibson (Credit: New York City Council)

Commercial landlords face new fines as City Council passes anti-harassment bill

As House begins impeachment inquiry, here’s what we know about Trump’s Ukraine-real estate ties

Embattled Prodigy Network CEO Rodrigo Niño to step down

The Watchtower building at 25 Columbia Heights, CIM Group’s Shaul Kuba (right) and LIVWRK’s Asher Abehsera (Credit: Wikipedia, CIM Group, and LinkedIn)

JPMorgan leads $335M refi for CIM and LIVWRK’s Watchtower renovation

Multifamily market still reigns in Queens, Blackstone balks after rent reforms and more of the biggest CRE trends right now

Real estate titans … and their toys

arrow_forward_ios