Archive – 78-year-old real estate tycoon Robert Thurst, in a courtroom in Inglewood, California. Photo: Gary Coronado / Pool via the Los Angeles Times AP / dpa – Attention: For editorial use only and for the above credits only
A 78-year-old man was sentenced by a judge in Los Angeles on Thursday (local time), according to US media reports. Thirsty with bladder cancer, among other things, appeared to be sitting in a wheelchair on the court.
On September 17, Thurst was convicted of shooting his friend Susan Berman at his Beverly Hills home during Christmas 2000. At the time, Durst’s wife, Kathleen Durst, had to testify before police during an investigation into her still unexplained disappearance in 1982. Kathleen has not been found – and no charges have been brought against her so far. Following the verdict, Kathleen’s family demanded that Durstin be prosecuted for her disappearance.
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The process began in March 2020, shortly before the corona virus epidemic brought life to a standstill in the United States. He was relaunched in May. According to the New York Times, the 14-month delay was described by security as the longest adjournment of the same arbitral tribunal in U.S. history. Thirst was on the court before. He confessed to killing and mutilating a neighbor two years ago in 2003 in Galveston, Texas. This murder was done in self-defense, he panicked and decided to dismember the body. Thurst was released. According to prosecutors, Thurst wanted to steal the man’s identity in order to avoid an investigation into his wife’s disappearance.
In the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx”, Thurst appeared to have confessed to the murders. He went to the bathroom wearing a microphone. It recorded a series of comments as if it were a confession. “You were caught! What did I do? They killed them all, of course,” he said.