The prosecutor seeking to indict Robert Durst in the death of his ex-wife, whose disappearance was highlighted in the documentary ‘Jinx’

NEW YORK – A New York prosecutor will file charges in the coming weeks against the scionary millionaire Robert Durst for the death of his ex -wife, Kathie Durst, who disappeared in 1982, someone familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday.

Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah decided in recent days to take the case to a grand jury in the next week or two, according to the man, who was not allowed to speak publicly about the matter and did so on the condition that it not introducing. The grand jury process is expected to take nearly a month, the man said.

The news was first reported on Friday by News 12 in Westchester.

Kathie Durst’s disappearance echoes Robert Durst, 78, for years, who was highlighted in an HBO documentary in which he admitted to killing people and ended up last month on his conviction in California because of murder in a confidential prosecutors say helped him cover up Kathie Durst’s murder.

A message seeking comment was left Friday at the Westchester attorney’s office, which previously said it had reopened the investigation into Kathie Durst’s death. In a statement released after Durst’s conviction last month, a spokesman for Rocah’s office said the investigation was ongoing.

Durst’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, said: “I did not respond to the rumors.”

Robert Durst is incarcerated in Los Angeles and is set to be sentenced Oct. 14 for the murder of his friend in 2000, Susan Berman |. His belief in first -degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Durst, the eccentric heir of a family of New York City developers, is now ill and vulnerable. He sat throughout the trial in a wheelchair, spoke softly in a strained, harsh voice as he testified in his own defense and read his lawyer’s questions from a tablet that provided live transcripts as he struggled. on hearing.

Los Angeles prosecutors say Durst shot Berman at his Los Angeles home in December 2000 as he was preparing to tell police about his involvement in Kathie Durst’s death. He told friends he gave a phony alibi for her after his wife went missing, prosecutors said.

“He was a narcissistic psychopath. He killed his wife and then he had to keep killing to cover it up,” Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said after convincing Durst in the Los Angeles case.

Kathie Durst was 29 and in her last month of medical school when she passed away on January 31, 1982. She and Robert Durst, who was 38 at the time, had been married for nearly nine years and lived in South Salem, nearby on the Connecticut border Her body was never found. At the request of his family, he was declared legally dead in 2017.

Robert Durst told police that on the night of his disappearance, he took her on a train to New York City, had a drink with a neighbor and then spoke to Kathie Durst on the phone while she stayed in the Manhattan apartment. They have been fighting at night, he said. A few weeks before that, Kathie Durst went to the hospital with a facial injury she said was caused by Robert Durst.

In the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” he admitted that he composed details about looking at his neighbor and talking to Kathie Durst over the phone, claiming he did so because “he hopes he can just make it all gone.”

In the same documentary, after the filmmakers confronted Durst with evidence linking him to Berman’s murder, he came out of the camera and whispered to himself into a live microphone in the bathroom: “They all killed, of course. . “

Robert Durst, who broke up with Kathie Durst in 1990 citing abandonment, was never charged with his disappearance despite many efforts over the years. Authorities reopened the case in 1999, searching for a lake and home for the couple.

While all was going on, Durst fled to Galveston, Texas, where he was accused of murdering a neighbor named Morris Black. Durst then chopped up Black’s body and threw it into the sea. Durst claimed self -defense – that he and Black were fighting for control of a gun – and was acquitted. He was convicted of destroying evidence on disposal of body parts.

Durst, who testified at trial in Los Angeles, denied the murder of Kathie Durst. After calling his medical school to report that he was not attending class, he said he thought he was “out of a fun place” and suggested that perhaps drug use was to blame.

“It never occurred to me that something had happened to him,” Durst testified in August. “It’s more like: what did Kathie do to Kathie?”


Associated Press reporters Brian Melley and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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