Key evidence filmmakers found against Robert Durst
LOS ANGELES - Andrew Jarecki's documentary about unsolved killings linked to millionaire Robert Durst uncovered evidence police didn't have before - a previously unknown letter and Durst's own comments, recorded during and after a tough interview for the film.
- An anonymous note mailed to Beverly Hills police after Susan Berman was shot to death in 2000, with her address and the word "cadaver" alerting them to the body. Durst says in the documentary that whoever sent it was "taking a big risk - you're sending a letter to police that only the killer could have written."
- A previously unknown letter that a Berman relative recovered and gave to the filmmakers. Jarecki shows it to Durst, who acknowledges having sent it to Berman. Like the "cadaver" note, it is written with similar block letters and her address is misspelled as "Beverley Hills." ''I wrote this one but I did not write the cadaver one," Durst insists. But moments later, he can't tell the two apart.
The bathroom tape:
- Durst ends the interview and announces that he's going to the bathroom, where, still wearing his microphone, he is recorded talking out loud to himself. This audio recording, which the filmmakers say they discovered many months later and shared with police, is played with subtitles in the documentary's final scene.
In it, Durst speaks in short bursts of whispers:
"There it is. You're caught! ... You're right, of course, but you can't imagine ... Arrest him! ... I don't know what's in the house ... Oh, I want this ... What a disaster ... He was right. I was wrong ... And the burping! I'm having difficulty with the question ... What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."