NEW ORLEANS (AP/MEDIA GENERAL) — Over the weekend, those that had never heard the name Robert Durst suddenly got a crash course in a crazy life connected to three deaths.
Durst was arrested on a murder warrant just before Sunday evening’s showing of an HBO serial documentary about his links to two killings and his wife’s disappearance.
In the documentary, Durst could be hear saying he “killed them all.” Filmmakers said the admission came when Durst wore his microphone into the bathroom.
What followed was bizarre rambling in which Durst said, apparently to himself, “There it is. You’re caught” and “What the hell did I do? Killed them all of course.”
The show ended, and it wasn’t clear whether producers confronted Durst about the secretly recorded words, or what Durst meant by them.
Durst was arrested by FBI agents Saturday at a New Orleans hotel, on a warrant from Los Angeles for the murder of a mobster’s daughter 15 years ago. Durst was ordered held without bond pending another hearing Monday. His lawyer, Chip Lewis, said Durst will agree to be taken to Los Angeles to face the first-degree murder charge.
Kathie Durst, disappeared 1982
In 1982, Robert Durst reported that his wife Kathie had suddenly disappeared from their cottage in South Salem, New York. No one was ever charged. According to The New York Times, she’s been declared legally dead.
According to CNN, Durst said the last time he saw he was when he left her at a train station in New York. She was heading back to medical school in the city, he said. Court TV reports, Durst quietly divorced her in 1990.
CNN reports Kathie Durst’s family has long suspected Robert Durst is behind her disappearance.
Susan Berman, murdered 2000
Questions about who knew what in regards to Kathie Durst have been raised about the murder of Susan Berman in 2000.
Durst, 71, has always maintained his innocence in Berman’s death. Berman’s father was an associate of Las Vegas mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky.
Berman, 55, a writer who became Durst’s spokeswoman, was killed at her home near Beverly Hills with a bullet to the back of her head as New York investigators prepared to question her in the unsolved 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife.
Morris Black, killed 2001
After Berman’s death, Durst moved to Texas, where he lived in a boarding house. He was arrested in 2001 after dismembered parts of the body of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, were found floating in Galveston Bay.
Durst then became a fugitive, until he turned up shoplifting a chicken sandwich, Band-Aids, and a newspaper in Pennsylvania, even though he had $500 cash in his pocket and $37,000 in his rental car — along with two guns and marijuana.
Durst’s lawyers argued he shot Black in self-defense and suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. Despite admitting that he used a paring knife, two saws and an ax to dismember Black’s body before dumping the remains, Durst was acquitted of murder.
Durst “has been incredibly lucky that so many people who’ve investigated him have dropped the ball, but I think that luck may be running out,” said former Galveston County District Court Judge Susan Criss, who presided over the Texas murder trial.
The Durst family is worth at least $4 billion, according to the Forbes list of richest Americans.