“[Robert] Durst, 71, was arrested by FBI agents Saturday afternoon in a New Orleans hotel at the behest of Los Angeles officials, who claim they have uncovered new evidence linking him to the 2000 slaying of his friend, writer Susan Berman,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
The story continues, “The arrest came a day before HBO aired the last episode of a documentary series about Durst. In Sunday evening’s episode, Durst left his final interview to use the bathroom, appearing not to notice that his microphone was still recording as he muttered to himself, ‘What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.’
“ ‘There it is, you’re caught,’ he said at another moment. ‘What a disaster.’”
According to the L.A. Times story, some of the new evidence involves an envelope uncovered with the help of the documentary filmmakers.
Notes The New York Times, “ ‘These two [documentary] producers did what law enforcement in three states could not do in 30 years,’ said Jeanine F. Pirro, the former Westchester County district attorney, whose office investigated Kathleen Durst’s disappearance for six years. ‘Kudos to them. They were meticulous. They were focused. They were clear.’ Kathleen Durst was Robert Durst’s first wife.
The makers of the six-part HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” were Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling.
The New York Times story continues, “The filmmakers spent nearly 10 years researching Mr. Durst’s story: his upbringing as the eldest son of a family that controls 11 major skyscrapers in New York; his marriage to Ms. Durst, a medical student who lived in one of his family’s buildings, and its unraveling; his estrangement from his family after his father chose his younger brother, Douglas Durst, to run the business in 1994.”
Real estate magnate Douglas Durst, Robert Durst’s brother, said in a statement on Sunday, “We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”
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