Robert Durst, charged with murder after HBO documentary ‘The Jinx,’ has Lehigh history

Durst listed as business manager on <em>The Brown and White's</em> masthead on Sept. 18, 1964.

Durst listed as business manager on The Brown and White’s masthead on Sept. 18, 1964.

Brother and marshall of Pi Lambda Phi, business manager for The Brown and White, lacrosse player and treasurer of Pi Delta Epsilon. Economics major from Scarsdale, New York.

What may sound like the average credentials of a Lehigh student are actually those of an alleged murderer. On March 14, Robert Durst, ’65, was “arrested on a charge of murder as he walked into a New Orleans hotel he had checked into under a false name,” according to a New York Times article.

71-year-old Durst was featured in a HBO documentary series called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” which was already about his connections to the three deaths.

This documentary was what led to his recent arrest after he was heard “muttering that he ‘killed them all, of course,'” said an article by The Morning Call.

Durst’s history with the Lehigh Valley has been more than his alma mater. In December 2001, when there was warrant for his arrest for the murder of Morris Black, Durst was found and “arrested for stealing a chicken salad sandwich, a Band-Aid and a newspaper from the Wegmans off of Route 512 in Bethlehem,” according to a Brown and White article. He was held in Northampton County Prison in Easton.

Most recently, in 2011, another Brown and White article was written when Durst’s story was made into the movie “All Good Things,” featuring Ryan Gosling. The film covered his life, his links to murder and the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst.

Durst has appeared in court this week for drug and weapon charges from the “nearly 150 grams of marijuana and a revolver” found in his hotel room when he was arrested, said a Boston Herald article. He has been charged with first-degree murder.


Durst in Lehigh’s 1965 yearbook, The Epitome. (second photo, second row)

Below is a slideshow of clips from The Brown and White of Durst’s time at Lehigh.
Click each photo to look at the rest of the archived issue.

Business Manager Pi Lambda Phi Pi Lambda Phi Journalism Initiation


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1 Comment

  1. Sorry I wasn’t jewish and rich Lehigh…. thanks for the debt btw.
    Yo Durst hit me up for a scholarship. Perella thank you btw, you da man.

    (Black lives matter)

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