Will The Tragic Mysteries Surrounding Robert Durst Finally Be Solved?

As he prepares to stand trial for murder, Durst could find his younger brother—who inherited everything, and helped grow the real-estate giant Durst Organization—testifying against him.

17.2.2020

As he prepares to stand trial for murder, Robert Durst could find his younger brother—who inherited everything and helped grow the real-estate giant Durst Organization—testifying against him

As he prepares to stand trial for murder, Durst could find his younger brother—who inherited everything, and helped grow the real-estate giant Durst Organization—testifying against him.

shared by 33 family members – though not Robert, cut off from the family after a $65 million settlement years ago. They all may be reunited very soon though, when Robert Durst stands trial for murder. Jury selection begins Wednesday in the criminal case, where Durst is accused of killing his confidant, Susan Berman, at her Los Angeles area home in 2000 to prevent her from telling investigators that he had killed Kathie. He has pleaded not guilty, though he acknowledged in December that he had written an anonymous note that directed police to his friend’s body. And it remains a possibility that Robert’s younger brother, Douglas Durst — who inherited the company, and led it to great success — could testify against him. When his brother was arrested for Berman’s murder, Douglas Durst issued a statement that read in part, “We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done." When asked if Douglas Durst would be called as a witness, neither The Durst Organization nor prosecutors would comment. Whether his brother testifies against him will be just one of the many mysteries that victims’ family members and a public gripped by Durst’s scandals through the years hope will finally be revealed in the case. R obert and Douglas’ grandfather Joseph immigrated to the United States in 1902 from what is now Poland with $3 to his name. He was a tailor and partner at dressmaker Durst & Rubin, and eventually bought his first building, in Manhattan's Garment District in 1915 while adding to his holdings through the Depression. Seymour took over as president when his father died, eventually becoming known for assemblage—using assumed names to patiently buy up small parcels that would create blocks large enough to build skyscrapers. Douglas Durst in 2016. Sasha Maslov / observer / redux In 1950, Seymour’s wife Bernice, then 32, fell to her death from the roof of their Scarsdale home. Robert was seven at the time, and claims he saw his mother fall, a memory that is dramatically reenacted in HBO’s documentary on him, “The Jinx.” His brother Douglas has said of the story, “ It isn’t true .” It’s one of what seems like a life of disagreements between the two brothers. Both entered the family business, but Robert’s interest in real estate was fleeting at best. He told documentarian Andrew Jarecki, who would eventually make “The Jinx,” that his father once tried to guilt him into joining the business while visiting his mother’s grave. “Please let me, when I come here, know that the business is being taken care of by you,” Robert said his father told him. Robert attended graduate school at UCLA (where he met Berman), and after marrying Kathie in 1973, the young couple lived in Vermont and ran a health food store. “When I was in Vermont, you know, we were all hippies. And I would wear what I wanted to wear,” Durst said in an interview with Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, following his 2015 arrest. “Working in the family business, in New York City, where a whole bunch of lawyers and other executives, dressing in the uniform that you dress in, it — it just wouldn’t work for me not doing it, even though I am me.” But Robert did eventually return to New York from Vermont, and he kept a sharp-pointed plumber’s wrench on his desk, according to his brother Douglas, who in turn kept a piece of pipe. In a 2015 Times Read more: Forbes

Will The Tragic Mysteries Surrounding Robert Durst Finally Be Solved?As he prepares to stand trial for murder, Durst could find his younger brother—who inherited everything, and helped grow the real-estate giant Durst Organization—testifying against him. When Seymour Durst appeared on the inaugural Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans in September 1982, he was described as the “driving force” behind a $500 million family real estate empire that spanned 100 NYC properties a 22lr pistol with 357mag ammo? makes sense. 🙄

Will The Tragic Mysteries Surrounding Robert Durst Finally Be Solved?As he prepares to stand trial for murder, Durst could find his younger brother—who inherited everything, and helped grow the real-estate giant Durst Organization—testifying against him. When Seymour Durst appeared on the inaugural Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans in September 1982, he was described as the “driving force” behind a $500 million family real estate empire that spanned 100 NYC properties a 22lr pistol with 357mag ammo? makes sense. 🙄

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