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Robert Durst charged with murder after confessing on HBO documentary 'The Jinx'

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Posted at 8:07 PM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-16 20:35:08-04

Robert Durst, who was connected to three killings in as many states, was charged with murder Monday after an HBO documentary showed him confess.

Durst, 71, a multimillionaire real estate heir, is being charged in Los Angeles in the 2000 shooting death of his friend Susan Berman, The LA Times reports.

He was arrested Saturday in New Orleans before the HBO documentary “The Jinx” concluded on Sunday. In the final episode of the documentary, Durst is confronted with evidence that suggested a connection to Berman’s death. He ran to the bathroom — but his mic was still hot.

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

Durst is now charged with killing a witness. He's eligible for the death penalty. Berman was believed to have knowledge about the death of Durst’s wife Kathleen, who disappeared in upstate New York in 1982.

Durst was also connected to the death and dismemberment of his neighbor, Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas, less than a year after Berman was found shot to death in Los Angeles. Although Durst was acquitted of Black’s murder, he admitted to butchering the man’s body, according to The LA Times.

Director Andrew Jarecki and writer Marc Smerling have since canceled media interviews, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“Given that we are likely to be called as witnesses in any case law enforcement may decide to bring against Robert Durst, it is not appropriate for us to comment further on these pending matters,” Jarecki and Smerling said in a statement.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.