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Towering tale: Robert Durst arrested in cold case slay tied to wife's demise

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New York real estate scion Robert Durst, whose family manages One World Trade Center, has been charged with the 2000 murder of friend and mob daughter Susan Berman in a case with direct ties to the mysterious disappearance of his wife.

Durst was busted in New Orleans on a murder extradition warrant issued in Los Angeles. Berman was shot once in the head and found dead in her Beverly Hills home, which her frantic dogs were seen running in and out of.

It was the latest twist in the mad, winding life of the 71-year-old, who was once arrested in Texas, disguised as a woman, and charged with the shooting and dismemberment of an elderly neighbor -- a rap he beat by claiming self-defense.

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Authorities reportedly believe Berman knew detailed information about Durst’s wife, Kathleen McCormack, who was never seen again after a fight at the couple’s Westchester Home in 1982.

Investigators recently reopened the Berman case after new attention on it came from HBO’s documentary series, “The Jinx,” which took an in-depth look at Durst’s topsy-turvy life.

The FBI and New York State Police also interviewed witnesses anew.

Berman was the daughter of mobster Davie Berman, whose syndicate controlled Las Vegas for decades.

The Durst Organization, is run by 70-year-old Douglas Durst, and is the leasing and maintenance manager, the tallest building in the western skyscraper, that stands near where the twin towers did before the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Robert Durst severed all ties with the company in 2006 in return for $65 million.

Douglas Durst said he was relieved, “and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”

HBO issued a statement praising the producers of “The Jinx,” Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling. "Years in the making, their thorough research and dogged reporting reignited interest in Robert Durst's story with the public and law enforcement."

Durst was arraigned on first-degree murder charges Sunday morning.

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