Robert Durst was put under arrest right before the finale of a HBO documentary about his involvement in his wife’s disappearance and other two deaths.
In the last episode, the rich eccentric forgot he wore a microphone when he took a restroom brake and the tape has caught him rambling to himself and saying “There it is. You’re caught” and “What the hell did I do? Killed them all of course.” The arrest happened before the showing of the last episode on Sunday evening, based on a murder warrant.
Because the show had already ended, the directors did not have a chance of confronting Durst about the words found on record, or what exactly he meant by that. He was lifted on Saturday from his hotel in New Orleans, on a warrant from Los Angeles accusing him of the murder of a mobster’s daughter that happened 15 years ago.
His hearing is set for Monday, and Chip Lewis, his legal counselor, said that Durst will not oppose to going to Los Angeles and face the first-degree murder charge.
“Chilling” audio uncovers troubled mind
The documentary called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” was directed by Andrew Jarecki, and Durst agreed to give him an extensive interview. His lawyer agreed with the filmmaking preposition, and stated that nothing that Durst said on camera speaks against his innocence. So far, Lewis chose not give any comments about the final aired episode.
At first, the restroom recordings were overlooked by the small film crew, as Jarecki said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday. It was only when the crew added a few more editors that the audio surfaced. The director said it was “chilling” and “disturbing” to hear it and that it made everyone who heard it very uncomfortable.
Durst’s relatives, estranged and terrified, could finally catch a break after the authorities arrested them. Douglas Durst, the brother of the arrested, gave a public statement thanking everyone who helped track him down and said he hopes he will finally be made responsible for the crimes he committed.
Ever since the murder of Susan Berman in 200, Durst, 71, has maintained a claim at innocence. Berman was the daughter of a man associated with Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel, Las Vegas mobsters; she was shot in the back of the head in her home near Beverly Hills after she took the role of Durst’s spokeswoman.
She didn’t have a chance to talk to the New York investigators that were getting ready to call her into questioning over the unsolved disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen, back in 1982. Former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro is positive this documentary incriminates Durst, who offered precious evidence that law enforcement could not gather all these years.
Durst’s lawyer believes without a shadow of doubt the arrest was timed to follow the HBO’s broadcast of the last episode. However, filmmaker Jarecki stated on “Good Morning America” that the arrest came as a surprise to him and he did not see it coming.
From real estate millionaire to mute woman
Durst’s life is morbidly fascinating; after the death of his spokeswoman, he lived in Texas disguised as a mute woman in a boarding house. The jig was up in 2001, when an arrest warrant was issued on his name for the murder of an elderly neighbor, Morris Black, whose dismembered body was found floating in Galveston Bay.
Durst gave up the disguise and turned to the fugitive life, but that did not work very well for him, as he was caught shoplifting Band-Aids, a newspaper and a chicken sandwich in Pennsylvania. The weird thing is, Durst did not need to steal as he was found to hold $500 cash in his pocket and $37,000 in his rental car; the authorities also found marijuana and two guns.
Lewis got Durst acquitted for murder, telling the jury that Black’s death was the result of self-defense and a lifetime of suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. He also admitted that he dismembered Black’s body using two saws, a paring knife, and an ax and that he also dumped the remains, the jury voted in favor of his innocence.
Susan Criss, the Galveston County District Court Judge on Durst’s Texas murder trial, believes that Durst’s luck is running out, and he finally encountered some people who are not willing to drop the ball on his case.
According to Forbes’ list of the wealthiest Americans, the Durst family was valued at an approximate estimation of a striking $4 billion. Robert is the oldest son of late Seymour Durst of Durst Corporation, and when his brother, Douglas, received the title of manager of the family business instead of him, Robert became estranged.
Robert’s life could not have been easy – he said his mother committed suicide when he was only seven. Later on in 1982, Robert reported that his wife Kathie simply disappeared from their cottage in South Salem, New York, and the case was closed without anyone ever being charged.
His story was also adapted in a fictionalized version told by Jarecki in 2010, a movie called “All Good Things” starring Ryan Gosling. After that, Durst called the director and said he wanted to tell his own story on camera.
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