On October 9, 2001, with more than $500 in his pocket, Robert Durst decided to steal a sandwich. Police were called, and a routine background check revealed that the odd-looking 58-year-old shoplifter was wanted for a mutilation murder in Texas, was a prime suspect in another murder in Los Angeles, and was also wanted for questioning in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife in New York.
Robert Durst, an eccentric heir to a vast realty fortune, is no stranger to intrigue. His young wife disappeared in 1982, and a close friend who knew too much was found murdered nearly two decades later. Durst was questioned but let go in both cases. On January 28, 2002, Durst was extradited to Texas after being arrested for the murder of his elderly neighbor.