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Robert Durst, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge, has been moved to a mental health unit after being deemed a suicide risk.

The real estate tycoon was transferred on March 17 to a Louisiana state prison that handles severely mentally ill inmates.

Robert Durst appeared to confess to three killings while being filmed for documentary.

He was arrested in New Orleans on March 15 and has been charged with the murder of his friend, Susan Berman.

Also on March 17, investigators spent hours searching his home in Houston, Texas.

Officers were seen carrying away two boxes after spending several hours searching Robert Durst’s condominium.

Robert Durst’s lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, called the search “a publicity stunt” and said he would be surprised if investigators found any incriminating evidence.


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“I don’t know what they could be looking for 15 years after Susan Berman was killed 1,500 miles away,” Dick DeGuerin said.

“They can search now till kingdom come. They’re not going to find anything because there isn’t anything.”

Robert Durst is being held in Louisiana on gun charges while waiting to be transferred to Los Angeles to face a murder charge for the 2000 shooting death of Susan Berman.

In a recording that was made during a break in the filming of HBO documentary about his life – The Jinx – Robert Durst can be heard saying: “I don’t know what’s in the house,” just before saying he “killed them all”.

Robert Durst appears to be speaking to himself the recording, while wearing an active wireless microphone inside a bathroom. The recording was given to police months ago, the filmmakers say.

He has long been suspected in the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst, who went missing from their country home in New York state in 1982. He has never been charged.

In 2003, Robert Durst was acquitted of murder in the death of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, whose body was found floating in a Texas bay.

On March 16, Robert Durst agreed to be transferred to California to stand trial for Susan Berman’s death, but the move was delayed by gun and drug charges that were later filed.

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Robert Durst, who was recorded in private appearing to confess to three killings on HBO’s The Jinx, has been charged with murder in Los Angeles.

The former property tycoon was filming HBO documentary The Jinx: Life and Deaths of Robert Durst about his connections to three deaths when he remarked off camera he had “killed them all”.

Prosecutors charged Robert Durst with murdering his friend Susan Berman. He may face the death penalty.

Earlier, his lawyer told Fox News he had not meant what he said.

Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday, a day before the final episode of The Jinx.

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He appeared in court on March 16 and agreed to be taken to Los Angeles, where prosecutors announced later that day a first-degree murder charge.

Susan Berman had acted as Robert Durst’s spokeswoman and was about to be questioned by police when she was shot in the back of the head at home in Los Angeles in 2000.

The tycoon had long been suspected in the death of his wife, Kathleen Durst, who went missing from their country home in New York State in 1982.

After Susan Berman’s death, he moved to Texas, where he was acquitted of the murder of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, despite admitting to cutting up the body in a panic after killing him in self-defense.

Robert Durst was arrested on March 14 by FBI agents acting on an arrest warrant issued by Los Angeles prosecutors.

The following night, HBO viewers heard Robert Durst muttering to himself in a hotel bathroom while still wearing a wireless microphone.

“There it is, you’re caught,” he whispered to himself.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

The remarks came after the filmmakers asked Robert Durst whether he had written a letter only Susan Berman’s killer could have sent.

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Robert Durst’s lawyer says his client is innocent and is ready to stand trial.

The millionaire, who is accused of murder, was recorded during HBO’s show The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst saying in private that he had “killed them all”.

The Jinx is a documentary about Robert Durst’s connections to three unsolved deaths.

Earlier, another lawyer told a Fox News host, “you’ve said things under your breath that you probably didn’t mean”.

Former real estate tycoon Robert Durst was arrested at a hotel in New Orleans on March 14.

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Wearing an orange jumpsuit and with his hands shackled at his waist, Robert Durst appeared before a judge in New Orleans on March 16 and agreed to be transferred to Los Angeles.

The tycoon faces a first-degree murder charge in Los Angeles for the shooting death of his friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Robert Durst, 71, has always maintained his innocence in Susan Berman’s murder.

Speaking after the extradition hearing, defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin said: “We came here to waive jurisdiction and to go back to California and to get it on. Bob Durst didn’t kill Susan Berman. He’s ready to end all the rumor and speculation and have a trial.”

He added that the transfer to Los Angeles may be delayed because authorities in New Orleans are considering other charges. Dick DeGuerin did not elaborate on the possible charges.

A spokesman for the Orleans Parish district attorney’s office, Christopher Bowman, refused to comment on possible future charges.

Robert Durst has long been suspected in the death of his wife, Kathleen Durst, who went missing from their country home in New York State in 1982.

Susan Berman, whose father was an associate of Las Vegas mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky, was a close friend of Robert Durst and also acted as his spokeswoman.

She was shot in the back of the head at her home in Los Angeles as investigators from New York prepared to question her over the disappearance of Kathleen Durst.

After Susan Berman’s death, the eccentric Robert Durst moved to Texas and posed as a mute woman.

In 2001, Robert Durst was acquitted of murder after his defense team convinced a jury that he was acting in self-defense when he killed his elderly neighbor, Morris Black.

Robert Durst was arrested on March 14 by FBI agents acting on an arrest warrant issued by Los Angeles prosecutors as he walked into a hotel in New Orleans where he had checked in under a false name.

Los Angeles police said the arrest resulted from “investigative leads and additional evidence that has come to light in the last year”.

Robert Durst’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, said his client would continue to maintain his innocence.

Chip Lewis said the arrest was orchestrated in co-ordination with The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which included lengthy interviews with the tycoon.

The final episode, broadcast on March 15, included what appeared to be a Robert Durst’s confession to the killings of Susan Berman, Kathleen Durst and Morris Black.

According to the filmmakers, Robert Durst was still wearing a wireless microphone when he went into a hotel bathroom after the interview.

“There it is, you’re caught,” he whispered to himself.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

It is not known if Robert Durst is speaking sincerely in the recording, but it came after he was asked whether he had written a letter only Susan Berman’s killer could have sent.

The filmmakers found similarities between handwriting on a letter from Robert Durst to Susan Berman and that on an anonymous note sent to police alerting them to a dead body in the victim’s home. The word “Beverly” is also misspelled as “Beverley” on both documents.

When asked about the letter and the audio recording, two of the documentary’s filmmakers, Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling, told the New York Times that they “provided the relevant evidence to law enforcement some months ago”.

They also said that they had not confronted Robert Durst about the audio recording from the bathroom.

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Robert Durst has been detained in New Orleans after a warrant was issued by Los Angeles police investigating the murder of mobster’s daughter Susan Berman.

The tycoon was arrested just before the finale of HBO’s show The Jinx investigating the alleged crime.

Robert Durst has always maintained his innocence in the murder in 2000.

The show catches Robert Durst on tape apparently confessing to three killings, saying: “[I] killed them all.”

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst suggested in a previous episode that the property tycoon had written a letter only Susan Berman’s killer could have sent.

It sought to match handwriting on a letter from Robert Durst to Susan Berman with that on an anonymous letter sent to police alerting them to a dead body in the victim’s home.

Robert Durst’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, said his client would not challenge his transfer to Los Angeles and would continue to maintain his innocence.

The tycoon’s estranged family thanked the authorities.

“We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst,” said his brother, real estate developer Douglas Durst, in a statement quoted by the Associated Press news agency.

“We hope he will finally be held accountable.”

Robert Durst, 71, had been previously questioned by police investigating Susan Berman’s execution-style killing.

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The Jinx also investigated two other unsolved murder cases linked to Robert Durst:

  • In 2003 he admitted killing Morris Black, dismembering his body and throwing the remains into a bay in Galveston, Texas, but a jury accepted his claim of self-defense
  • He was also questioned by police following the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen, in 1982 in New York. Robert Durst has always denied any involvement in that death

Susan Berman, whose father David Berman was an associate of Las Vegas mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky, was killed with a bullet to the back of her head in her home, just as investigators prepared to question her about Kathleen’s disappearance.

In The Jinx which aired on March 15, Robert Durst is challenged about the letter evidence in a long interview.

According to filmmakers, Robert Durst was still wearing his microphone when he went into a hotel bathroom after the interview at a hotel, and he apparently spoke out loud to himself.

Robert Durst can be heard saying: “There it is, you’re caught. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course”.

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Robert Durst has been arrested on a murder charge ahead of the finale of the HBO’s show The Jinx investigating the alleged crime.

The tycoon was held in New Orleans after a warrant was issued by Los Angeles police investigating the murder of Susan Berman.

He is the subject of The Jinx:The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which is investigating three unsolved murder cases linked to the tycoon.

The Jinx says it has new evidence implicating Robert Durst in Susan Berman’s shooting.Robert Durst arrested in New Orleans

Robert Durst, 71, had been previously questioned by police investigating her execution-style killing.

He will appear in a New Orleans court on March 15 but his lawyer says he will not oppose being transferred to Los Angeles.

In 2003, Robert Durst admitted killing Morris Black, dismembering his body and throwing the remains into a bay in Galveston, Texas, but a jury accepted his claim of self-defense.

The property heir was also questioned by police following the disappearance of his first wife Kathleen in 1982 in New York.

Robert Durst has always denied any involvement in the deaths of his wife or Susan Berman.

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