Durst: I Was on Meth Whole Time HBO Filmed Me

Transcript of 2015 jailhouse interview released
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2016 1:58 PM CST

(Newser) – Robert Durst in November pleaded not guilty to the 2000 murder of best friend Susan Berman, a plea that came more than a year and a half after HBO's The Jinx aired him muttering, "killed them all" into a hot mic. Now, new claims about that comment, which led to his 2015 arrest in New Orleans, and more comments about the death of Berman and the presumed death of Durst's missing first wife. The revelations stem from a transcript of an hours-long jailhouse interview Durst gave to Los Angeles prosecutors after that arrest; the document was released Friday and reported on by the Los Angeles Times. In it, the now 73-year-old said he was "on meth the whole time" the documentary was being filmed. "It should have been obvious."

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The Times reports LA County Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin asked the real-estate heir point-blank: "If you had killed Susan, would you tell me?" Durst's reply: "No." NBC News zeroes in on other points in Durst's interview with Lewin. "You'd like some details from me about if I knew where Kathie [Durst]'s body is. And about what happened with Susan." When Lewin replied in the affirmative, Durst responded, "If I tell you those things, I'm pleading guilty." When Lewin expressed surprise that Durst didn't try to get out of the country before The Jinx aired, Durst cited "inertia" and said "being a fugitive was not something I did well. I was the worst fugitive the world has ever met." (The documentary spurred Kathie Durst's family to action.)

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