FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Durst is sitting in a courtroom in Los Angeles. The New York real estate heir Robert Durst is facing a new lawsuit that claims that he killed his first wife and disposed of her body in 1982. A sister of Kathleen Durst filed a tort claim Friday, 22 March, 2019, accusing Him of the murder of the woman in their suburban New York City home. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)
NEW YORK – The legal saga surrounding real estate scion Robert Durst found a different location and with Friday, as a new lawsuit accused him of killing his first wife in New York, and disposing of her body in 1982.
The wrongful death claim filed in the court of the state, came two years after a judge declared Kathleen Durst legally dead. It accuses Him of murder on the woman in their suburban New York City home after she threatened to divorce him.
Dared decades has denied involvement in the death of his wife. But the lawsuit claims that he has done “more shots” for the dead, including notes featured in a sensational HBO documentary that examined Kathleen Durst’s disappearance two other murders for what he was told.
During the finale of the series, “The Jinx: The Life and death of Robert Durst,” he was heard muttering to himself on a live microphone: “You’re caught! What have I done? Kill them all, of course.”
Durst, 75, was arrested in New Orleans, in March 2015, a few hours before the broadcast of the last episode.
He has not charged in his first wife’s disappearance, but is scheduled to stand trial later this year in Los Angeles in the killing of Susan Berman, his best friend and the spokeswoman. Durst allegedly told her about his role in the death of his wife and then fatally shot Berman in 2000, after the authorities in New York reopened their investigation and planned to talk with her.
Prosecutors say he ambushed Berman in her home near Beverly Hills and shot her in the back of the head.
Phone and e-mail messages, had Dared the lawyer seeking comment.
A lawyer for Kathleen Durst’s sister declined to comment.
The lawsuit filed Friday, differs from a prior legal action brought by Kathleen Durst, the sisters accuse of Robert Durst of interfering with the family’s efforts to recover the body of the woman.
The wrongful death claim, which seeks damages, alleges that there is “overwhelming evidence” Durst abused his wife before her disappearance, citing a host of possible motives for her killing. It claims that Dared the “modus operandi lends itself to the conclusion that Kathie (Durst) is included in the back of her head, and her body was cut into small pieces and her remains were subsequently destroyed.”
The submission refers to another killing for which Durst was acquitted of murder in Texas in 2003 after he testified fatally shot a neighbor in self-defense for the dismemberment of the body and throw it to the sea.
Durst, who has inherited a fortune from his family in New York City real estate empire, hiding out in Galveston disguised as a mute woman living in a low rent apartment.
The plaintiffs claimed Durst killed a neighbor, Morris Black, in order to prevent him from revealing his whereabouts.