Police in New Orleans arrested real estate tycoon Robert Durst, reportedly for the unsolved killing of his friend in Los Angeles in 2000.
Durst, 71, for decades has been a notorious figure who’s been suspected of three murders yet never convicted of any.
After years of silence, he recently participated in a multipart documentary on HBO called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” which investigates his murky past. The series looks at the disappearance of his wife Kathleen Durst in 1982 in suburban New York, the fatal shooting of his friend Susan Berman in LA for which he was recently arrested, and the murder and dismemberment of neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas, in 2001 for which he was acquitted.
Evidence from the most recent episode was considered a key factor that led to Durst’s arrest, according to the Los Angeles Times. The final installment is scheduled to air Sunday night.
Years of notoriety turned Durst into the black sheep of his prominent New York City family that, through its company the Durst Organization, amassed a fortune from real estate.
The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly issued a warrant on a first-degree murder charge and arrested Durst in a New Orleans hotel, according to the New York Times.
The Los Angeles and New Orleans police departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Huffington Post.
Durst was booked at 10:59 p.m. on Saturday on an out-of-state warrant, according to information from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was held without bail after a brief appearance in court on Sunday, according to NBC News.
Berman’s body was found in her home with a single bullet in her head. Police in New York investigating the disappearance of Durst’s wife years earlier had wanted to speak to Berman because she was a longtime Durst confidante. Durst has denied being involved in the shooting.
But Beverly Hills police received a note with distinctive block lettering saying that a “cadaver” could be found at Berman’s home. The writer also misspelled Beverly Hills as “Beverley Hills.” Part five of “The Jinx” unveiled a 1999 letter from Durst to Berman that was strikingly similar. It was printed in all capital letters and had the same spelling of “Beverley.”
Durst contacted director Andrew Jarecki after Jarecki made a fictionalized film about Durst called “All Good Things.” The conversation
The impetus for “The Jinx” was director Andrew Jarecki’s fictionalized film about Durst’s life called “All Good Things.” Durst contacted Jarecki after its release and agreed to be interviewed, which is the central piece of the documentary.
“We simply cannot say enough about the brilliant job that Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling did in producing The Jinx,” HBO said in a statement on Sunday. “Years in the making, their thorough research and dogged reporting reignited interest in Robert Durst’s story with the public and law enforcement.”
UPDATE: This story has been revised to include HBO’s statement.