Notorious Tycoon Robert Durst Held For Murder

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Notorious Tycoon Robert Durst Held For Murder
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Infamous real-estate heir Robert Durst has been arrested in New Orleans on a warrant for an execution-style murder in which he has long been suspected.

Durst's lawyer said his 71-year-old client was detained by the FBI at a Marriott hotel for the murder of Susan Berman 15 years ago in Beverly Hills, California.

The attorney, Chip Lewis, said Durst will waive extradition and be transported back to Los Angeles to face the charges.

Durst is the subject of HBO series The Jinx, about his suspected role in three murders, the final episode of which airs on Sunday night.

He was famously acquitted in 2003 in the killing two years earlier of his neighbour.

Durst admitted killing Morris Black, dismembering his body and throwing the remains into a bay in Galveston, Texas, but a jury accepted his claim of self-defence.

Before the trial he skipped bail and was arrested in Pennsylvania two weeks later while shoplifting a sandwich, even though he had hundreds of dollars in his pocket.

Durst is also considered a suspect in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst.

He was previously questioned in that case, and for the murder of Susan Berman, but not charged.

Prosecutors said Durst fled to Texas in 2000 and began dressing as a woman to avoid the authorities.

Last year he was arrested for urinating on a confectionary display in a store near his home in Houston, Texas.

Durst was the inspiration for the 2010 film All Good Things, a crime thriller starring Ryan Gosling.

His family controls $4.4bn (£3bn) of real-estate in Manhattan, including a 10% stake in One World Trade Center.

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