Robert "I Only Chopped Up My Neighbor, I Didn't Murder Him" Durst Charged in 2000 L.A. Killing

Eccentric millionaire-cum-candy-aisle-display-urinator Robert Durst has been charged with the 2000 murder of a woman in Los Angeles. Durst was arrested in New Orleans March 7, a day before the finale of the HBO series about his legal travails -- including the 1982 disappearance of his first wife -- in which he can be heard saying he "killed them all."

Durst's Houston lawyer, Chip Lewis, "said Durst will agree to be taken to Los Angeles to face the first-degree murder charge," according to the AP.

The AP also reported that "Durst, 71, has always maintained his innocence in the 2000 murder of Susan Berman, whose father was an associate of Las Vegas mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Linsky. Berman, 55, a writer who became Durst's spokeswoman, was killed at her home near Beverly Hills with a bullet to the back of her head as New York investigators prepared to question her in the unsolved 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathleen."

The story also noted that, in the finale of the 6-part HBO series "The Jinx," Durst could be heard on-microphone, but off-camera, talking to himself after being asked "about similarities in handwriting in a letter he wrote and another linked to one of the killings....What followed was a bizarre rambling in which Durst said, apparently to himself, 'There it is. You're caught,' and, 'What the hell did I do? Killed them all of course."

Durst was found not guilty of the 2001 killing of his Galveston neighbor, Morris Black. Durst told a jury that he had come home to find Black in his apartment, holding a gun, and that Black was shot in an ensuing struggle. Durst, who had spent most of his time in Galveston disguised as a mute woman, admitted to dismembering Black, putting the body parts in trash bags, and dumping them in Galveston Bay.

Lewis told the AP that he was familiar with the Berman case, saying "I have no doubt we will present a most compelling defense."

We have no doubt they will. Of course, when it comes to Robert Durst and his attorneys, like Lewis, Mike Ramsey, and Dick DeGuerin, there's of course a difference between a "compelling defense," and "the truth."

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