This guy, Robert Durst, became a millionaire through his family's real estate business, The Durst Organization. They own high-profile buildings in New York City.
Back in the early '80s, Durst's first wife, Kathie McCormack, disappeared. She has been declared legally dead, but no one knows what happened to her. She allegedly disclosed to family that she was being abused.
Durst was never arrested in her case. Stay with me here.
He had a friend who was a crime writer, Susan Berman.
Apparently, he confided in Berman, and "she knew him well." Days before authorities were to question Berman in relation to the disappearance of Durst's first wife, she was shot, execution-style in her living room.
Not done yet.
Durst moved to Texas, where he pretended to be a mute woman for a while because of increasing scrutiny about all the past drama in his life. He then gets into an argument with his neighbor, shooting and killing him.
As if that wasn't bad enough, Durst then "panicked" and decided it was a good idea to cut up and throw away the pieces of the body of his neighbor, Morris Black. He was acquitted of the crime because a juror "could understand his panic."
Whoa. That is a little nuts, right?
It gets weirder, still.
The insanity didn't end when The Jinx wrapped its final episode.
The show, which aired in six episodes on HBO, chronicled the life (and deaths) of Robert Durst, as the show's subtitle said. But on Sunday night, in the very last moments of the very last episode, Durst, in a crazed and bizarre twist, seemed to have confessed to all the murders he was accused of and tried for. Now the millionaire finds himself, once again, in police custody.
The night before the final episode aired, Durst was picked up by police in a New Orleans hotel, where he was staying under a false name.
During the show, Durst walked into a bathroom, apparently forgetting his microphone was on, and muttered, "What the hell did I do?" He then whispered, "I killed them all, of course."
He was officially arrested in connection with Berman's death. According to his lawyers, he will plea not guilty.
Such a bizarre twist in an already bizarre story. Now we wait for the O.J.-like trial, I suppose.
According to ABC News, Durst was officially charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Berman. No charges have been brought against the real estate mogul in the disappearance of his wife as of now.
Durst's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, insists his client is innocent despite the apparent bathroom confessions. "Bob Durst didn't kill Susan Berman," the attorney said in front of the courthouse following the hearing earlier this morning. "He's ready to end all the rumor and speculation and have a trial, but we're frustrated because the local authorities are considering filing charges on him here and holding him here."
It looks like those frustrations are now a scary reality for Durst and his team. Due to the nature of the charges, Durst could be subject to the death penalty if found guilty.
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