I 'killed them all,' millionaire Robert Durst says in documentary

Robert Durst is set to be arraigned on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where he plans to plead not guilty to the 2000 murder of Susan Berman

“The Jinx” subject has been transferred to Southern California from Louisiana, where he was being held on weapons charges after pleading guilty in February, which resulted in a seven-year, one-month federal prison sentence.

Durst garnered notoriety after HBO documentary “The Jinx” became a sensation, which was made all the more irresistible when its finale captured the alleged killer confessing to his crimes when he didn’t realize his microphone was on.

The series ended with Durst speaking into the microphone he didn’t know was on: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

Robert Durst Plans to Plead Not Guilty to Murder of Susan Berman in LA Court Monday
New York heir Durst pleads not guilty to murder in LA court
First posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 06:59 PM EST | Updated: Monday, November 07, 2016 08:13 PM EST
LOS ANGELES — Wearing a neck brace and seated in a wheelchair, looking pale and frail, real estate heir and documentary star Robert Durst pleaded not guilty to murder Monday, more than a year and a half after a live microphone recorded him muttering, “killed them all.”
The 73-year-old Durst entered the plea during a long-awaited appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom in the death of Susan Berman in 2000.
Authorities say Berman was killed to keep her from talking to investigators looking into the disappearance of Durst’s first wife.
“I do want to say here and now, though, I am not guilty,” Durst said in a standing-room-only courtroom packed with journalists. “I did not kill Susan Berman.”
Durst’s statement came after his attorney unsuccessfully argued to ban news media cameras from the courtroom.
Prosecutors said they would not be seeking the death penalty against Durst.
Durst was already a well-known figure in his native New York. But he became a national name when HBO aired the documentary “The Jinx” that followed his life and cast suspicion on him involving several crimes.
Los Angeles County prosecutors have been seeking to bring Durst to California since shortly after his arrest in March 2015.
But he first faced a federal weapons charge in New Orleans, where he pleaded guilty in April then began serving a seven-year prison sentence in Indiana.
The arrest came just as the final episode of “The Jinx” was airing. The HBO documentary examined alleged ties to the killing of Berman and the death and dismemberment of his neighbour Morris Black in 2001.
Durst testified that he killed Black in self-defence and was acquitted of murder.
Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said Monday that Durst has been wanting to face the Los Angeles charge for the past year and a half.
“We’re glad to be here, glad to get the proceedings underway,” DeGuerin said. “Bob is not guilty. He did not kill Susan Berman, he doesn’t know who did and he’s eager to go to trial.”
He declined to answer questions from reporters, including inquiries about his client’s health. In September, he said Durst was a cancer survivor, had brain surgery for hydrocephalus and had two operations to fuse neck vertebrae, the most recent in mid-July.
Prosecutors declined to comment.
Gloria Allred, a prominent attorney, told reporters that she was speaking on behalf of a woman who thought of Berman as a mother and is still devastated by her loss.
“She has been waiting a lot longer than Robert Durst’s attorneys for this day to happen,” Allred said. “She wants to have justice in this case.”
Durst, an estranged member of the family that runs 1 World Trade Center in New York, will have a hearing on Feb. 17.
FBI agents tracked Durst to a New Orleans hotel on the eve of the finale of “The Jinx.” Durst was formally arrested early on the day of the broadcast, before viewers saw him in a washroom, still wearing a live microphone and muttering, “There it is. You’re caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
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Robert Durst to face trial in 2000 slaying of Susan Berman
Associated Press
October 25, 2018
October 25, 2018 8:20 PM EDT
In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, real estate heir Robert Durst sits in a courtroom during a hearing in Los Angeles.Jae C. Hong / AP, Pool, File
LOS ANGELES — Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was the subject of a television documentary series, was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the murder of his close friend in Los Angeles 18 years ago.
A judge ruled that there’s enough evidence to try the eccentric 75-year-old multimillionaire for the point-blank shooting of Susan Berman at her home. Durst has pleaded not guilty.
Robert Durst heading back to court
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Durst allegedly killed Berman, his friend from college and the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, to keep her from telling police what she knew about his wife’s 1982 disappearance in New York, prosecutors contend. Kathleen Durst has been missing for more than 35 years and is presumed dead.
Susan Berman. File Photo
Robert Durst, who has never been charged with a crime related to his wife’s disappearance, has denied killing either woman.
Durst remains jailed without bail and was ordered back to court Nov. 8 for arraignment. The murder charge against him includes the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and killing a witness to a crime. There is also an allegation that he personally used a handgun to carry out the murder.
At the end of the preliminary proceedings that were continued over several months, an attorney for Durst argued that there was no hard evidence — such as DNA, fingerprints or witnesses — linking him to Berman’s killing.
Durst was arrested in New Orleans in March 2015, just hours before the airing of the final episode of HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. The documentary examined the disappearance of his wife, and the killings of Berman and a Texas neighbour, Morris Black, in 2001. A jury acquitted him of Black’s murder after finding that the killing was in self-defence.
The HBO series created a sensation after he was heard during the finale muttering to himself on a live microphone: “You’re caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
Prosecutors will try to make the connection between Berman’s death and the mystery around Kathleen Durst’s disappearance, which they want to show as the foundation for the motive for Berman’s slaying.
After Kathleen Durst vanished, Berman served as Robert Durst’s unofficial spokeswoman. But prosecutors and witnesses in a series of earlier hearings said she did much more.
Berman told friends over the years that Durst acknowledged killing his wife and said she helped him cover his tracks. Prosecutors hope to use those hearsay statements at trial, which defence attorneys have vigorously challenged.
Berman told one friend who testified at an earlier hearing that if anything happened to her, Durst would be the culprit.
Robert Durst faces new lawsuit in death of first wife
Associated Press
March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019 9:15 PM EDT
In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, file photo, real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch for a pretrial motions hearing in Los Angeles.Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File
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The wrongful death claim, filed in state court, came two years after a judge declared Kathleen Durst legally dead. It accuses Durst of killing the woman in their suburban New York City home after she threatened to divorce him.
Durst for decades has denied involvement in his first wife’s death. But the lawsuit claims he has made “multiple admissions” to the killing, including remarks featured in a sensational HBO documentary that examined Kathleen Durst’s disappearance and two other killings for which Durst was charged.
During the finale of that series, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, he was heard muttering to himself on a live microphone: “You’re caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
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Durst, 75, was arrested in New Orleans in March 2015, just hours before the airing of the final episode.
He has not been charged in his first wife’s disappearance but is scheduled to stand trial later this year in Los Angeles in the killing of Susan Berman, his best friend and spokeswoman. Durst allegedly told her about his role in his first wife’s death and then fatally shot Berman in 2000 after the authorities in New York reopened their investigation and planned to talk with her.
Prosecutors say he ambushed Berman in her home near Beverly Hills and shot her in the back of the head.
Phone and email messages were left with Durst’s lawyer seeking comment.
An attorney for Kathleen Durst’s sister declined to comment.
The lawsuit filed Friday differs from a prior legal action brought by Kathleen Durst’s sisters accusing Robert Durst of interfering with the family’s efforts to recover the woman’s body.
The wrongful death claim, which seeks damages, alleges that there is “overwhelming evidence” Durst abused his wife before her disappearance, citing a host of possible motives for her killing. It alleges that Durst’s “modus operandi lends itself to the conclusion that Kathie (Durst) was shot in the back of her head and that her body was cut into little pieces and her remains were then disposed of.”
The filing refers to another killing for which Durst was acquitted of murder in Texas in 2003 after testifying he fatally shot a neighbour in self-defence before dismembering the man’s body and tossing it out to sea.
Durst, who inherited a fortune from his family’s New York City real estate empire, had gone into hiding in Galveston disguised as a mute woman living in a low-rent apartment.
Prosecutors claimed Durst killed the neighbour, Morris Black, to prevent him from revealing his whereabouts.
ROBERT DURST TRIAL: Jury can consider handwriting evidence
July 17, 2019
July 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT
Robert Durst appears in the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Nov. 7, 2016 in Los Angeles.Pool/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES — Jurors in real estate scion Robert Durst’s trial for murder may consider handwriting evidence that prosecutors say implicates him in the killing of his longtime friend, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday.
But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham told prosecutors their handwriting experts will have to explain their methodology before they can tell jurors whether they think Durst wrote a potentially incriminating note.
Durst’s trial was not expected to begin before 2020. Durst, 76, the multimillionaire grandson of a New York real estate tycoon, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in the 2000 shooting death of his confidante Susan Berman.
Authorities arrested Durst in 2015, one day before the finale of a six-part HBO documentary series called The Jinx that explored Berman’s death, the disappearance of Durst’s wife and a 2001 Texas slaying for which he was acquitted.
Attorneys defending Durst asked Windham to exclude evidence of Durst’s penmanship and testimony from handwriting experts.
Berman’s body was discovered on Dec. 24, 2000, at her home near the border between Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
The Beverly Hills Police Department received a note that contained Berman’s address and the word “cadaver,” in an envelope mailed to the department and post-marked one day before her body was discovered.
Prosecutors have suggested in court papers that Durst, after killing Berman, sent the note hoping her body would be discovered quickly enough for the Jewish writer to receive a burial consistent with her faith.
The note and envelope, which included a misspelling of Beverly Hills as “Beverley Hills,” figured prominently in The Jinx, after the filmmakers obtained another envelope they said Durst had sent Berman. That envelope also had the erroneous “Beverley” spelling.
Handwriting experts told prosecutors Durst likely sent the so-called “cadaver” note, according to court papers.
Prosecutors say Durst killed Berman because she could implicate him in the slaying of his wife, Kathleen, who vanished in 1982. Durst was never charged with killing his wife and her body has not been found.
Robert Durst's attorneys take aim at filmmakers behind 'The Jinx' in murder case
August 9, 2019
August 9, 2019 11:31 PM EDT
New York real estate scion Robert Durst appears in the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch with his defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin for a pre-trial motions hearing in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 6, 2017 REUTERS/Mark Boster /Los Angeles Times/Pool/File Photo
LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for real estate scion Robert Durst, charged in Los Angeles with murdering his confidante Susan Berman in 2000, have asked a judge to declare that prosecutors had a very close working relationship with filmmakers behind an HBO documentary series who uncovered key evidence in the case.
Durst’s attorneys on July 31 filed legal papers, which have not been publicly disclosed but were seen by Reuters, asking a judge to rule that the filmmakers are not entitled to legal rights that shield journalists from having to reveal their sources and information.
Without such protections, the filmmakers could be forced to disclose information they came across in filming “The Jinx” to Durst’s attorneys that could aid in his defense, legal experts said.
The legal papers filed by Durst’s attorneys do not seek to suppress any evidence uncovered for “The Jinx” that could be used at trial, saying they were not at this point asserting the collaboration between filmmakers and prosecutors violated his constitutional rights.
Durst, 76, the multimillionaire grandson of a New York real estate tycoon, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
The filmmakers, according to the defense motion, “consulted, coordinated and collaborated” with authorities as far back as 2011 – four years before the documentary aired. They presented prosecutors with a PowerPoint presentation of their findings before Durst was arrested in 2015 and charged with murdering Berman, it said.
“‘The Jinx’ was not the work of journalists,” Durst’s attorneys wrote in the motion. “It was ratings-seeking filmmakers engaging in police work.”
Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, in an email would not discuss the motion in detail. “I decline to publicly discuss our strategy,” he said.
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Victor Kovner, an attorney representing “The Jinx” director Andrew Jarecki, said the filmmakers reached out to authorities as responsible citizens only after they finished all their interviews because they had discovered evidence.
“At no time did any of the journalists receive or respond in any way to any direction by the prosecution, and we’ll be making that clear in (court) papers that will be public in a couple weeks,” Kovner said in a phone interview
A spokesman for prosecutors declined to discuss the motion, saying in an email that any response would come in the form of their own court filing.
The motion from Durst’s attorneys is among the issues expected to be discussed at a court hearing on Sept. 3.
Authorities arrested Durst in New Orleans on March 14, 2015, one day before the airing of the finale of “The Jinx” in which Durst could be heard muttering to himself off-camera in the bathroom, “There it is, you’re caught” and “Killed them all, of course,” after the filmmakers confronted him with potential evidence. Prosecutors contended he killed Berman because she knew too much about the 1982 disappearance of his wife.
Although the legal papers filed by Durst’s attorneys do not seek to suppress any evidence uncovered for “The Jinx” that could be used at trial, criminal defense experts said suppressing evidence, such as Durst’s hot mic statements, may be the attorneys’ ultimate strategy.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, at a hearing last year in which he ordered Durst to stand trial on a charge of murdering Berman, said of the hot mic recording, “without explanation from the defendant, it operates as a succinct confession.”
The judge would be unlikely to agree to suppress evidence from “The Jinx” if defense attorneys requested it be excluded from the trial, legal experts said.
“The fact that they (the filmmakers) had a recording which they got, there’s nothing wrong with sharing that with law enforcement, it’s evidence in a murder case,” said Steve Cron, a defense attorney not associated with the case and a university lecturer.
But Durst’s attorneys, if they succeed in their goal of having a judge require the filmmakers share information, could discover evidence that helps their case, legal experts said.
“It enables them to do discovery work and uncover the entire scope of what (the filmmakers) did and perhaps they could find some misconduct,” said Dmitry Gorin, another defense attorney not associated with the case and a university lecturer.
Durst made his off-camera mutterings after filmmakers showed him a letter he once sent Berman. The letter misspelled Beverly Hills as “Beverley Hills,” which was the same spelling used in a separate letter someone anonymously sent police in December 2000 saying there was a dead body at Susan Berman’s home address.
That is where police found Berman, who had been shot in the head.