Robert Durst is back in the headlines due to a pretrial hearing held April 19 in regards to the murder of Susan Berman. Durst, who gained nationwide attention as the subject of HBO’s documentary crime series “The Jinx,” was arrested on March 14, 2015 in connection with Berman’s murder. The billionaire’s arrest took place just a day before “The Jinx” finale aired.
During the pretrial, a 2015 jail house call was played for the court and featured Durst saying he regretted being involved in “The Jinx,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Durst could also be heard on the call admitting that he realized he “definitely had a problem” while watching the HBO series, specifically the fifth episode.
During the installment, which aired March 8, “Jinx” producers revealed a letter Durst sent Berman in 1999. The letter featured handwriting that looked similar to an anonymous note sent to police notifying them that a “cadaver” would be found at Berman’s home. Both letters misspelled Beverly Hill as “Beverley Hills.” Durst’s letter was considered a damning piece of evidence against him.
The pretrial also included another jail house call in which Durst was speaking to the same friend and telling him to find old letters he wrote. Durst was specifically looking for letters in which he spelled “Beverly Hills” correctly.
“If I can find somebody who’s got something I wrote back then, or even somebody who can say, ‘Yeah, yeah, Bob used to write to me. He wrote me a couple of letters. He never misspelled Beverly,’ that would be very helpful, I think,” Durst is heard saying on the recording.
Prosecutors in the case believe Durst murdered Berman to prevent her from sharing information she had about the death of Durst’s ex-wife, who Durst was also suspected of murdering. Durst maintains he is innocent in both murders.
The final episode of “The Jinx” is famous for ending with Durst mumbling into a microphone the phrase, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” The series, co-written by Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling, won a Peabody Award and two Emmys in 2015, including the award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
For more on Durst’s April 19 pretrial, head over to the Los Angeles Times.