Suit: Robert Durst’s Second Wife Helped Him Hide The Murder Of His First Wife

The lawsuit filed by sisters of Durst's first wife calls his second wife a “coldblooded opportunist.” 

By Gina Tron

A lawsuit alleges that Robert Durst’s current wife helped conceal the death of his first.

 A $100 million lawsuit was filed Monday in State Supreme Court in Mineola, N.Y. on Monday by three sisters of Robert Durst’s first wife, Kathleen Durst.

In the suit, Durst’s first current wife Debrah Lee Charatan is described as a “coldblooded opportunist.” According to the New York Times she “conspired and agreed to conceal the whereabouts” of Kathleen Durst’s body from her family. Kathleen Durst disappeared in 1982 and her body has never been found.

 Wife #2, Charatan, is a real estate executive in New York. He controls her husband’s financial affairs, according to the report, and is the chief beneficiary of a 2003 will and an estate worth an estimated $100 million. Robert Durst is a real estate heir.

Although investigators have long suspected Robert Durst of killing his first wife, he has never been charged. He does face an impending trial for another murder: for the killing of his confidante Susan Berman. Prosecutors in Los Angeles claim he shot Berman in the back of head in 2000 to stop her from talking to police about the first wife’s killing. Berman was a writer and had become Robert Durst’s spokeswoman after Kathleen Durst disappeared. According to the New York Times, witnesses testified in pre-trial hearings that Berman had told them that she had helped Robert Durst conceal his role in his wife’s vanishing.

Robert Durst stood trial for yet another murder in 2001. Durst was charged with murder in 2001. He allegedly dismembered the body of a neighbor before leading authorities on a 45-day hunt. But, he was acquitted of murder charges, after he testified that the neighbor, Morris Black, had died accidently when the two grappled over a gun. After Black was shot, Durst said on trial that in a panic he dismembered the body and dumped the pieces into Galveston Bay.

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