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Susan Berman became a confidante of Robert Durst, an heir to a New York real estate fortune, at UCLA in the late 1960s. In 1984 Robert Durst walked his good friend Susan Berman down the aisle. On Christmas Eve, 2000, Beverly Hills Police received an anonymous letter saying there was a cadaver at Susan Berman's home. She was found murdered, execution style, with a single bullet to the head. Initially police thought her death was a mob hit, because her father Davie Berman was a mobster with ties to the Chicago Syndicate. In Murder in Beverly Hills author Cathy Scott wrote that Berman must have known her assailant, because there was no forced entry, or anything missing. At the time of the murder, Durst had traveled to California while awaiting trial in Texas, for the murder of an elderly acquaintance. The book includes Durst's planned visit to Berman the week she was killed. Durst was considered a prime suspect in his wife Kathie's disappearance in 1982 but he was never charged. Berman acted as media spokesperson for Durst and facilitated his public alibi. Almost two decades after Kathie Durst's disappearance, New York State police, at the request of the district attorney contacted Berman to interview her about the Durst case. She was killed before authorities had a chance to speak with her. On March 14, 2015, Durst was arrested in New Orleans for first-degree murder. If convicted, Durst could face the death penalty in California for "special circumstances of murder of a witness and lying in wait". THE ARREST OF ROBERT DURST FOR THE MURDER OF SUSAN BERMAN-Cathy Scott
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