“There’s not a doubt in my mind he killed her,” says Jim McCormack when asked about Robert Durst’s involvement in his sister Kathleen’s 1982 disappearance. In a new interview about the accused killer, McCormack chronicles the troubled marriage of the cagey estranged real estate heir and the beautiful dental hygienist. The interview is featured in the latest episode of the documentary television series Murder Made Me Famous, which airs this Saturday on the Reelz Channel, according to People magazine.
By McCormack’s account, the couple was “head over heels in love with each other” when they first hooked up in rural Vermont. However, after Durst’s domineering father insisted he move back to New York City and work in the family’s multi-million dollar real estate business, things took a dark turn. McCormack recalls a Christmas party which turned ugly, when Durst literally grabbed his wife by the hair and dragged her away. Speaking about the horrific incident, he says, “People ask why I didn’t beat him up. I go, ‘You don’t understand. It happened so suddenly.’ Who goes over to someone and pulls them by the hair to get them to leave?”
In 1982, Kathleen McCormack Durst disappeared without a trace. Police found her husband’s account of her disappearance riddled with inconsistencies, but have never been able to link him to her presumed death. A judge in New York officially declared her dead in March, according to ABC News, which enables her siblings to pursue civil litigation against Durst. Durst was arrested in 2001 and tried for the murder and dismemberment of Morris Black, his next door neighbor in Galveston, Texas. He served time for charges related to the case, but was ultimately acquitted of Black’s murder.
In 2015, Durst was arrested for 2000 execution-style murder of Susan Berman, a longtime friend who was part of his alibi in the case of his first wife’s disappearance. After pleading guilty to a federal weapons charge, Durst received an 85-month sentence. He is currently incarcerated in California, where he is also awaiting trial for the Berman murder.
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