Family of Robert Durst's Missing Wife Files $100M Lawsuit

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Durst was arrested in March, hours before HBO broadcast the finale of a six-part documentary about him.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of the missing wife of millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst have filed a $100 million lawsuit against him in her presumed death, the second legal action taken against Durst by the family of Kathleen McCormack Durst in recent weeks.

Kathleen McCormack Durst vanished in 1982 and was pronounced dead in 1988, although her body never was found.

Her 101-year-old mother and three sisters filed a lawsuit on Monday in state Supreme Court in Mineola, N.Y. It blames Durst for preventing the family from providing his wife with a dignified burial, The New York Times reported.

"The family's priority has been, and continues to be, to provide Kathleen with a proper and dignified burial," said Robert Abrams, a lawyer for the McCormack family.

James McCormack, the missing woman's brother, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Durst in New York City in October.

Robert Durst's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said there is no evidence Durst was involved in Kathleen's disappearance. Durst never has been charged in the case.

Durst was arrested in March, hours before HBO broadcast the finale of a six-part documentary about him. The series examined the disappearance of Kathleen Durst, the death of Durst's friend Susan Berman and the death and dismemberment of Durst's neighbor in Galveston, Texas, in 2001.

Durst was heard on the last episode of the documentary series mumbling that he "killed them all." His lawyer said Durst did not kill Berman. Durst currently is being held on a weapons charge in New Orleans and is awaiting extradition to California to face murder charges in the death of Berman, his onetime spokeswoman.

James McCormack is asking a Surrogate Court judge in Manhattan to appoint him temporary administrator for his wrongful-death lawsuit. His attorney declined to comment.

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