03/31/2015 08:29 am ET Updated Mar 31, 2015

Robert Durst's Wife Steps Back After Years of Defending Him

Six weeks after learning that investigators had focused on his role in the years-old disappearance of his wife, Robert Durst married Debrah Lee Charatan, a driven New York real estate executive who has been a bulwark in his life for nearly three decades.

Eight days later, on Dec. 19, 2000, Mr. Durst, the eccentric and estranged son of one of New York’s most prominent real estate families, was on a plane to California, where Los Angeles authorities now believe he executed a close friend and confidante, Susan Berman, who had served as his shield against demanding reporters.

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