Robert Durst has been indicted by prosecutors in New York for the 1982 murder of his late wife Kathleen McCormack Durst.
The Westchester County Office of the District Attorney announced on Monday, November 1, that the 78-year-old was being indicted for the crime and that an arrest warrant has been issued. Durst was previously charged by criminal complaint in his former spouse's killing but this indictment is a formal charge.
“When Kathleen Durst disappeared on January 31, 1982, her family and friends were left with pain, anguish and questions that have contributed to their unfaltering pursuit of justice for the last 39 years,” District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah said in a statement via Front Page Detectives. “The District Attorney’s Office reinvigorated its investigation into Robert Durst just 10 months ago when I took Office, launched the Cold Case Bureau, and dedicated the resources and skill that I thought this case deserved."
"Thanks to the incredible hard work of our Assistant District Attorneys, the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigators and the New York State Police, we have taken a huge step forward in the pursuit of justice for Kathie Durst, her family and victims of domestic violence everywhere," Rocah concluded the announcement.
Durst is currently serving time beind bars in California after a Los Angeles jury found him guilty of first-degree murder of Susan Berman in September.
Durst was sentenced to to life in prison for the 2000 Los Angeles murder of Berman. According to prosecutors — the motive for Durst to kill his alleged friend being that she may have had vital information about if the real-estate heir had killed his wife.
The alleged serial killer — who was the focus of the HBO documentary The Jinx — is also accused of killing a neighbor in Texas, where he fled to hide from charges stemming from his wife's murder. After the neighbor found out that it was in fact Durst (who was living under a false name) living next door — she was allegedly killed.
In the renowned 2015 film, Durst — who has battled COVID-19 while in prision — was caught on tape talking in detail about the killings.