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Timeline: Key Events in Durst Saga



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    Robert Durst during a 2003 trial.

    A timeline of key events in the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York real estate family who was arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant in his friend Susan Berman's 2000 death.



    Durst's wife, Kathleen, disappears. Durst has never been charged in the disappearance.



    The Westchester County New York district attorney reopens the investigation into the disappearance.


    December 2000

    Susan Berman, 55, a writer and friend who acted as Durst's spokeswoman after his wife disappeared, is shot once in the back of her head at her Los Angeles home shortly before investigators wanted to interview her about Kathleen Durst's disappearance.


    October 2001

    Durst, who had been disguising himself as a mute woman at one point, is arrested in Galveston, Texas, on murder charges in the death of a 71-year-old neighbor who was dismembered.


    November 2003

    Durst is acquitted in the 2001 dismemberment death of Morris Black after claiming he killed the man in self-defense.



    A Hollywood version of Durst's story, "All Good Things," starring Ryan Gosling, is released.


    December 2014

    Durst pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief for exposing himself and urinating on candy at CVS drug store in Houston.


    Feb. 8, 2015

    HBO airs the first episode of a six-week documentary, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." Durst gives an extensive interview for the show.


    March 14

    Durst is arrested at a J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans.


    March 15

    Durst is ordered held without bond on the same day the documentary finale airs. In it, Durst wears his microphone into a bathroom and is heard saying: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

    His attorney later says nothing Durst revealed in the documentary changes his innocence.


    March 16

    Durst appears in court in New Orleans and agrees to face a murder charge in Los Angeles. One of his lawyers says the trip might be delayed by new charges in Louisiana.


    Nov. 7

    Durst pleads not guilty to murder in the death of his friend 16 years ago, during a long-awaited court appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom. 


    Feb. 14

    Even before a judge has ruled whether Durst will go to trial, Dr. Albert Kuperman testifies early. Kuperman, a retired associate dean at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, testifies that Durst's wife, Kathleen, was a bright, attractive, smartly dressed medical student.

    Prosecutors want to get testimony on the record from elderly witnesses and from those who fear Durst could have them killed.


    Feb. 15

    Nathan "Nick" Chavin, a "secret witness" and friend of the millionare and victim, testifies against Durst. Chavin arrives in a courtroom with a private security detail.

    He describes watching the Durst's marriage deteriorate before Kathleen Durst's disappearance, testifying that she was afraid of her husband. Chavin notes she did not discuss any violence with him.


    Feb. 16

    Chavin testifies that he did not believe Susan Berman when she told him Durst had killed his wife. He also says he never thought Durst was capable of "hands-on violence of that extreme," until he heard about the slayings of two other people.