Infographic: Robert Durst case: Key characters you should know about

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The suspect

Robert Durst

Son of a New York real estate

mogul. Over the span of

decades, he has been a

suspect, person of interest and

defendant. Authorities have tried and failed to build murder cases against him.

The wife

The director

Kathleen Durst

Kathleen Durst disappeared in 1982 after nine turbulent years of marriage. Her body has never been found.

Andrew Jarecki

Director of the six-part HBO series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." The documentary draws on 25 hours of interviews with Robert Durst.

N.Y. police

Kathleen Durst’s disappearance remains unsolved. Despite efforts to build a case against him, Robert Durst hasn’t been charged.



The brother

Susan Berman

Author and daughter of a mob boss, she was a close friend of Durst. She was shot dead in her L.A. home before investigators in New York could interview her about the disappearance of Kathleen Durst in 2000.

Douglas Durst

Robert Durst’s estranged younger

brother. In a recent interview, Douglas Durst said he worried the new documentary would create a false perception about the Durst family since it draws heavily on his brother’s narrative.

L.A. police

Authorities looked at Robert Durst as a possible suspect, but could not place him in LA at the time of the killing. Focus turned instead to possible mob connections to the murder.

The lawyers

Dick DeGuerin, Mike Ramsey

and Chip Lewis



Robert Durst’s lawyers, who successfully defended him against murder charges in Galveston. Durst admitted he cut up Black’s body after shooting him. His attorneys argued, and won, a self-defense claim.

Morris Black

In less than a year after Berman’s death, garbage bags with Black’s body parts were found floating off Galveston, Texas. Durst lived in Texas and was Black’s neighbor at the time, posing as a mute, female botanist.

Photos: L.A. Times , Associated Press, Polaris

Source: L.A. Times reporting


Editor's note: A previous version of this graphic incorrectly spelled the city of Galveston, Texas