Robert Durst, estate heir convicted of murder, dies at 78 | Recent news

Son of real estate magnate Seymour Durst, Robert Durst was born on April 12, 1943 and grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He would later say that when he was 7 years old, he witnessed the death of his mother during a fall from their home.

He earned a degree in economics in 1965 from Lehigh University, where he played lacrosse. He entered a doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he met Berman, but dropped out and returned to New York in 1969.

He became a developer in the family business, but his father dumped him to make his younger brother and rival, Douglas, the head of the Durst organization in 1992.

In 1971 Robert Durst met Kathie McCormack and the two were married on her 30th birthday in 1973.

In January 1982, his wife was a senior medical student when she disappeared. She had shown up unannounced at a friend’s dinner party in Newtown, Connecticut, then left after a call from her husband to return to their home in South Salem, New York.

Robert Durst told police he last saw her when he put her on a train to stay at their apartment in Manhattan because she had classes the next day.

He would divorce eight years later, citing her husband’s abandonment, and in 2017, at the request of her family, she was declared legally dead.

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