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Convicted murderer Robert Durst’s latest mugshot shows him looking worse for the wear.
The mugshot, obtained by Oxygen.com, was taken on Thursday and it shows the 78-year-old disgraced real estate heir in a bed appearing ill. His mask has been pulled down and he looks solemn and frail as his head rests on a pillow. His eyes also appear redder than usual.
Terry Thornton, press security for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Deputy, told Oxygen.com by email on Monday that Durst’s current health information can not be discussed or disclosed due to federal and state laws which protect medical privacy.
Last month, it was reported that Durst was on a ventilator after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Durst was not present in court when he was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2000 slaying of his best friend Susan Berman last month. Officials had learned he had been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 at the time but even before that, his health was a focal point. During that murder trial, Durst’s defense repeatedly sought a mistrial, citing his poor health. Durst was in a wheelchair for most of the trial which ended with a life sentence for him.
Dick DeGuerin, Durst's lead defense attorney, told CNN last month that Durst "looked horrible at sentencing.”
"I was really concerned even back then because he was having difficulties breathing, he was having difficulties speaking, worse than he's ever looked,” he said.
Following the life sentence, Durst was charged with second-degree murder for the presumed death of his wife Katherine “Kathie” McCormack Durst. A recent complaint accuses Durst of killing Kathleen, then 29, in their Lewisboro home in late January of 1982. Prosecutors pointed to her death as the catalyst for Durst's murder of Berman. They say he killed her after learning the prosecutors wanted to reopen the case, and that Berman had information that could have incriminated him.
The third murder he’s been linked to is the 2001 murder of Morris Black in Texas. During the Berman trial, Durst testified that he'd fled to Texas when news broke that Kathleen's case was being reopened. There, he bought a wig and hid out in a cheap apartment in Galveston, disguised as a mute woman. Soon after arriving, Durst became acquainted with Black, his neighbor. But that friendship, like several in Durst’s lives, ended in death and mystery. He shot him to death in 2001 before disposing of his dismembered remains in Galveston Bay. He claimed he shot Black in self-defense; the millionaire scion was acquitted of that murder at trial.
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