- Robert Durst is currently being held in a Los Angeles County Jail pending trial for the murder of Susan Berman.
- If found guilty, Durst faces the death penalty.
- Durst admitted he was on methamphetamines when he films the HBO documentary series “The Jinx.”
- Both sides agreed to convene again on February 15, 2017, to set the date for a preliminary hearing.
New York’s real estate heir Robert Durst admitted that he was aware he was a suspect in the Los Angeles killing of his best friend, Susan Berman. However, he believed that the police would not pursue the case. Durst says he should not be accountable for his murder confession that was caught on tape, because at the time he made the statement he was high on meth.
Los Angeles prosectutors have released a transcript of a 2015 interrogation of the millionaire murder suspect. Durst stated that he can’t provide details about the disappearance of his first wife and the murder of a close friend because it would amount to “pleading guilty.”
Authorities have since charged him with the 2000 murder, which they believe was killed because she knew too much about the vanishing of his wife, Kathie Durst, who is presumed dead.
Astonishingly, Durst says he was on methamphetamines when he films the HBO documentary series “The Jinx,” which examined his ties to Kathie Durst’s disappearance, Berman’s slaying and the 2003 dismemberment of a neighbor in Texas. The series ended with Durst muttering into a hot mic that he “killed them all.”
“The whole time I was on meth,” Durst told the prosecutor, according to the transcript. “I think the reason I did it had to be because I was swooped, speeding.” He also said that he smoked pot every day for as long as he could remember.
“Being a fugitive was not something I did well,” he said. “I was the worst fugitive the world has ever met.”
He pleaded not guilty to Berman’s murder at an arraignment in Los Angeles last month. His lawyers also say he did not kill Kathie.
“I do want to say here and now, I am not guilty. I did not kill Susan Berman,” Durst said of the charges stemming from the 2000 murder case. Furhtermore, while filming the HBO special, Durst famously blurted, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
Durst’s lawyers are trying to get the interview thrown out because they were not present, but the transcript shows Durst being read his Miranda rights, which include that whole “anything you say may be used against you in a court of law” bit, beforehand.
Durst is currently being held in a Los Angeles County Jail awaiting trial for murder.
The Arrest of Robert Durst
Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans the night before the final episode, during which Durst goes to the bathroom and mutters to himself “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” not realizing his mic was still live. He was found with marijuana and a .38 revolver in his possession at the time of his arrest. Durst is already serving a 7-year sentence for a gun possession charge, but has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his friend Susan Berman who was shot in the back of the head in 2000.
Durst recognized he was in the process of absconding when he was arrested. He was found in a hotel with a false Texas ID, stacks of $100 bills, bags of marijuana, a .38-caliber revolver, a map folded to show Louisiana and Cuba, and a flesh-toned latex mask with salt-and-pepper hair. Acc
“I just didn’t really, really, really think that I was gonna end up arrested,” Durst told the prosecutor when he expressed shock that Durst didn’t try to leave sooner.
Durst’s lawyers early on spurned a 27-month plea deal because they were confident a federal judge would rule the search of his New Orleans hotel room was illegal. However, there was little room to negotiate when prosecutors raised the possibility that additional charges would be filed. Durst then changed his federal weapons plea to guilty on February 3, 2016, per a final agreement with the US Attorney’s office, resulting in an 85-month federal prison sentence.
On Friday, November 4, 2016, Durst was transferred to a California and on the following Monday, November 7, was arraigned in Los Angeles on charges of murdering Susan Berman in 2000.
Both sides agreed to convene again on February 15, 2017, to set the date for a preliminary hearing.