Robert Durst: I Was High On Meth While Taping 'The Jinx'

By Kelly Burch 12/20/16

Durst is currently serving a seven-year federal sentence for illegal firearm possession in California. 

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Suspected murderer Robert Durst says that he was high on meth during the taping of the HBO documentary series The Jinx, which tells the story of Durst’s life and his links to three murders. 

“I was on meth. I was on meth the whole time … it should have been obvious,” Durst said during a March 2015 jailhouse interview. The transcript of the interview was recently obtained by the LA Times. “I think the reason I did it had to be because I was swooped, speeding.”

Durst has been linked to three murders: that of his wife, who disappeared in 1982 and is presumed dead; his friend who was shot in the head in her Beverly Hills home in 2000; and a neighbor, who Durst admits shooting, claiming it was self defense. The neighbor’s body was then chopped up and dumped into the ocean. 

At the time of the HBO series, Durst was free. However, in the final episode that aired in 2015, Durst is caught muttering “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

After that episode aired, Durst was arrested in a New Orleans hotel where he had been staying under a fake name. At the time of his arrest he was carrying more than $40,000 in cash, as well as a gun and a mask.

The 73-year-old real estate heir is now serving a seven-year sentence for illegal firearm possession stemming from that night, and is facing charges in Los Angeles for the murder of Susan Berman, the friend found executed in her home. He has pled not guilty. 

Following his arrest in New Orleans, Durst was interview for three hours by LA prosecutors investigating the Berman murder. During that interview is when he reported that he was on meth during the taping of the HBO series. 

Durst’s lawyers are challenging the jailhouse interview because Durst did not have an attorney present. However, the transcript shows that the LA detectives talking to Durst read him his Miranda rights and made sure he was voluntarily speaking with them. 

“Anything you say may be used against you in court. Do you understand?” a detective asked, according to the transcript.

“I understand,” Durst replied.

Durst’s seemingly odd behaviors include taping the HBO series against the advice of his legal team and not leaving the country when he was a free man, something that LA County Deputy District Attorney John Lewin has called “mind-boggling,” according to the LA Times

During the jailhouse interview, Durst described himself as “the worst fugitive the world has ever met.” Now, he is no longer on the run, instead serving his federal sentence in Southern California and facing the additional murder change in LA. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.