See What This Close Friend of Robert Durst's Alleged Victim Says About His Apparent Confession
Millionaire real estate tycoon Robert Durst is behind bars as the nation reels over his stunning statements in the men's room that appear to be a confession to murder.
In the finale of the HBO documentary series The Jinx, Durst was caught saying to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
Durst's story leads The New York Times, and the New York Post blares, “I Killed Them All."
Even Empire's Taraji P. Henson, who was guest hosting Live! With Kelly And Michael, couldn’t stop talking about it.
Henson said, "My mother would always say, 'Whatever is done in the dark will come to light' so, you can't hide."
The 71-year-old Durst is worth $100 million. He is the estranged son of a famous real estate family. The Durst Organization owns 11 skyscrapers in Manhattan and also manages America’s tallest building - One World Trade Center.
He has long denied killing his wife, Kathie, in 1982 and his close friend, Susan Berman, in 2000, right before she was to speak to cops about Kathie’s death.
Ellen Strauss was Kathie Durst's close friend. She told INSIDE EDITION, "She's never going to be alive again. Susan is never going to be alive again. But it's something."
Durst's apparent confession came in the finale of HBO's six-part documentary series The Jinx.
He was confronted with new evidence, a letter sent by Durst to Berman a year before her death. When compared to an anonymous letter mailed to Beverly Hills Police, alerting them to a “cadaver" at Berman's house, the handwriting is nearly identical. Beverly Hills was even misspelled on both letters. Even Robert Durst saw the similarities.
He also insisted he didn't shoot Susan Berman in the head to keep her quiet.
In the documentary, Durst was asked, "So, you wrote one of these but you didn't write the other?"
Durst replied, "I wrote this one but I did not write that one."
"Can you tell me which one you didn't write?" he was asked.
"No," he replied.
After the interview came to an end, Robert Durst went into the bathroom. He could be heard talking to himself, apparently not realizing that his microphone was still on.
"There it is. You're caught. What a disaster. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” he said.
So, how were those explosive remarks caught on tape?
INSIDE EDITION’s Steven Fabian wore a wireless microphone just like the one Robert wore during his interview. When it was over he walked out of a conference room to go to the bathroom. But the mic was never turned off. While Fabian was in a bathroom and because his microphone was still on and the camera was still rolling back in the INSIDE EDITION conference room, everything he was saying was being recorded.
The apparent confession was videotaped three years ago, but director Andrew Jarecki went on Good Morning America and insisted he didn't realize what he had until many months later.
He explained, “Fact is, it's a small documentary crew and we were all working very hard. It wasn't until later when we brought on more editors and we actually had the time to go through the material. We said to the editors, 'Why don't you go through all old material that just has audio.' Because the only time you really look at stuff is if it has video and audio because you're making a film. And one of the editors came back and said, ‘I think I found something?’”
The finale aired just hours after news of Robert Durst’s arrest for the murder of Susan Berman was made public.
Police found him in the lobby of a swanky New Orleans hotel. He was registered under a fake name, Everett Ward, and was staying in room 2303. He was also in possession of fake documents.
The FBI thinks he may have been trying to flee to Cuba. The first nonstop flight to Cuba since 1958 was taking off from New Orleans on the day he was taken into custody.
Robert Durst was in a New Orleans courthouse on Monday waiving extradition and agreeing to face charges in Los Angeles.
CNN reported outside the courthouse, "He kept gazing at the gallery as he was behind glass, just looking and staring. When he actually stood in the courtroom, he turned to the gallery and he had a smile on his face."
His lawyer is Dick Deguerin, considered to be one of the nation's savviest and most expensive defense lawyers. He told reporters, "Bob Durst didn't kill Susan Berman. He's ready to end all the rumor and speculation and have a trial."
Robert Durst was so close to Berman, he walked her down the aisle when she got married. Now, the big question is will Robert Durst’s apparent confession to the crime be admissible in court?
Legal analyst Beth Karas told INSIDE EDITION, "When Robert Durst went into that bathroom, it is reasonable to expect that he didn't think anyone was listenting to what he was saying and mumbling to himself. It appears that his lawyers aren't challenging that he said it. The question is, did he mean what he said?"
Everyone's also wondering how the documentary producers were able to do what law enforcement in three states couldn't for more than 30 years?
Former Judge Susan Criss presided over Robert’s 2003 trial in Galveston, Texas, in which he was acquitted of dismembering his neighbor.
Criss told INSIDE EDITION, "How did they not look at everything in that house when they were doing the crime scene? That's what the question should be. That's what the amazing part is. Why didn't they get that in the beginning?"