Robert Durst: Meth use led to HBO live mic murder 'confession'

Robert Durst after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans in 2015.

Robert Durst after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans in 2015.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Eccentric real estate heir Robert Durst claims drugs fueled his seeming “killed them all” confession to the murders of his wife and two others in an HBO documentary.

That was Durst’s explanation for his caught-on-tape outburst when a prosecutor quizzed him about it after his 2015 arrest for the murder of confidante Susan Berman, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The paper reports that Durst, now 73, told the prosecutor he was using meth during his interviews with the filmmakers behind HBO’s “The Jinx.” The six-part series ended with a live microphone capturing Durst muttering to himself, “There it is. You’re caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”  Durst was arrested on the same day the final installment aired.  

“I was on meth, I was on meth the whole time. . . It should have been obvious,” Durst said to Los Angeles prosecutor John Lewin, the New York Post reports. “I think the reason I did it had to be because I was swooped, speeding.”

The Post based its report on a transcript of the interrogation that was just made public in a court filing related to the Berman case.


LA prosecutors say Durst killed Berman in 2000 out of fear she’d implicate him in the 1982 disappearance of his young wife Kathleen Durst, who is presumed killed, according to the paper.

The Post reported that investigators believe Durst's third murder was that of a Texas neighbor in 2001. A jury cleared Durst after he testified that he killed the man during a struggle over a gun.

Durst was asked why he didn't split after the filmmakers confronted him in 2012 with a letter anonymously sent to police in 2000 tipping them to the location of Susan Berman's body that matched handwriting on a letter he had sent her years before.

"You saw the envelopes. How come you didn't ... leave then?" Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Lewin asked. "It's mind-boggling to me."

"I guess inertia," Durst replied. "I just didn't really, really, really think that I was gonna end up arrested."

Durst acknowledged he was in the process of fleeing when he was arrested. He was found in a hotel with a false Texas ID, stacks of $100 bills, bags of marijuana, a .38-caliber revolver, a map folded to show Louisiana and Cuba, and a flesh-toned latex mask with salt-and-pepper hair.

"I was the worst fugitive the world has ever met," he said.

Throughout the interrogation, Lewin complimented Durst, telling him he was brilliant and the most interesting suspect he'd ever investigated. He prodded and coaxed and constantly pushed for a confession.

"I know that when you killed Susan, that was not something you wanted to do," Lewin said.

"Um, I'm gonna stay away from killing Susan," Durst replied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.