HBO miniseries leads to arrest of New York mogul for murder

March 17, 2015 08:44
Robert Durst is expected to be flown to California from New Orleans after he waived his right to fight extradition. He has been charged with first degree murder in the 2000 killing of a gangster's daughter. Photo: Reuters

New York real estate mogul Robert Durst has been arrested in New Orleans for murder.

Durst, 72, has been charged with first degree murder in the execution-style killing of his friend Susan Berman, a gangster's daughter, in Las Vegas in 2000, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

He has been accused but not charged with killing two others -- former wife Kathleen McCormack who disappeared in 1982 and elderly neigbor Morris Black in 2001.

The arrest, under a warrant from the Los Angeles County, came just hours before an HBO documentary on Durst aired on Sunday.

It shows an interview session during which Durst rejects one piece of evidence against him. He then goes to the bathroom still wearing the microphone and apparently unaware he is still being taped.

In remarks captured on audiotape in the bathroom but not filmed, he whispers to himself, "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

Makers of the miniseries The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst are under pressure to explain how long they had been sitting on the explosive material that contributed to Durst's arrest, the report said.

Durst is expected to be flown to Los Angeles after he waived his right to contest his extradition to California.

The Durst Organization oversees the lease and maintenance of One World Trade Center, the western hemisphere's tallest skyscraper, built on the site of the twin towers destroyed in al Qaeda's hijacked airliner attack on Sept. 11, 2001, according to Reuters.

It is responsible for a good portion of the New York skyline, with 11 Manhattan office towers to its name.

Durst inspired the 2010 Hollywood movie All Good Things.

In December 2014, he appeared in a New York courtroom on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family.

Durst, who has lived in Texas after getting about US$65 million from the settlement of a lawsuit he brought against family trusts, was charged in 2014 with urinating on a drugstore candy rack in Houston.

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