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Robert Durst Transferred To Prison Medical Facility, Recent Mugshot Features Him On Pillow
The exact condition of Robert Durst, who was recently on a ventilator, is unclear.
Durst, 78, the disgraced and estranged heir of a real estate empire based in New York, was transferred Wednesday to the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, prison spokeswoman Terry Thornton told the Associated Press. The facility is known for for treating inmates with long-term, often severe, medical needs.
Thorton told the outlet that a recent mugshot of the killer shows him with his head on a pillow. She noted that she is unable to discuss details of his current health condition.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Durst was on a ventilator and had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Durst was not present in court when he was convicted of the 2000 murder of his best friend Susan Berman’s last month after officials learned he had been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. During that murder trial, Durst’s defense repeatedly sought a mistrial, citing his poor health. Durst was in a wheelchair for most of it.
Last week 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 in Durst’s most recent trial as the apparent catalyst for Durst's murder of Berman. He was just sentenced to life in prison in the Berman case.
During the Berman trial, Durst also testified that he'd fled to Texas after he learned 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. Just months after Berman's murder, Durst fatally shot his neighbor, Morris Black, 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 murder at trial. However, prosecutors long maintained that Durst killed him because Black knew his true identity and possibly had information about his crimes.