US tycoon charged with murder after TV ‘confession’

March 17, 2015 4:30 am
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Robert Durst (L) with his attorney Dick DeGuerin on November 10, 2003 at the Galveston County Courthouse in Galveston, Texas/AFP
Robert Durst (L) with his attorney Dick DeGuerin on November 10, 2003 at the Galveston County Courthouse in Galveston, Texas/AFP
LOS ANGELES, United State, Mar 17 – An eccentric US tycoon was charged Monday over the execution-style killing of a mobster’s daughter and could face death if found guilty, in the latest instalment of a TV murder mystery which has captivated America.

Robert Durst, 71, the scion of a New York real estate dynasty worth $4.4 billion, was charged in Los Angeles with murder over the 2000 death of his close friend Susan Berman, after he was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday. He is awaiting extradition to California.

Durst appeared to make an unwitting confession to a catalogue of killings during filming of the final episode of the acclaimed six-part HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

In the finale, broadcast on Sunday, Durst is heard muttering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course” – apparently unaware that a wireless microphone remained switched on while he used the bathroom.

It was not clear if Durst was sincerely confessing, but authorities in Los Angeles reportedly said the television documentary had played a role in their decision to seek the multimillionaire’s arrest for Berman’s murder.

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