Robert Durst says he lied, penned ‘cadaver’ note to police

LOS ANGELES – Robert Durst understood it would search poor if he was discovered to have created a be aware with the term “cadaver” directing police to the lifeless physique of his most effective buddy.

So the New York genuine estate heir lied about it for yrs.

Durst admitted publicly for the to start with time Monday at this murder trial that he had, in point, penned the take note, however he denied killing Susan Berman.

Durst explained it was so hard to fathom that the creator of the notice and Berman’s killer were not the similar man or woman that even he questioned the plausibility of what he was telling jurors.

“I suggest I have difficulty believing it myself,” he testified in Los Angeles County Remarkable Court docket. “It’s quite tough to feel, to acknowledge, that I wrote the letter and did not destroy Susan Berman.”

The notice is a single of the only parts of evidence linking him to Berman’s killing and Durst used his fourth working day of testimony to attempt to convince jurors he unwittingly learned her human body and then experimented with to notify law enforcement without the need of drawing suspicion.


Durst, 78, the estranged eccentric heir to a professional serious estate fortune in New York, is billed with murder in Berman’s December 2000 killing.

Durst is envisioned to be grilled later through cross-evaluation on what prosecutors say had been dozens of lies and inconsistencies on the witness stand.

“He has perjured himself in all probability 100 moments and that is not hyperbole,” Deputy District Lawyer John Lewin said when jurors were being out of the courtroom.

In their attempts to show his motive, Los Angeles prosecutors have released evidence Durst killed his wife in New York in 1982 and that the lethal capturing of his neighbor in Texas in 2001 was not merely an incident.

Prosecutors say Durst silenced Berman before she could notify New York investigators how she delivered a untrue alibi when Kathie Durst vanished.

Durst has denied killing his first wife and has never been billed with a criminal offense related with her disappearance. Her physique has hardly ever been located, but she has been lawfully declared lifeless.


In 2001, the yr right after New York police reopened the Kathie Durst investigation and about 9 months following Berman’s killing, Durst fatally shot his neighbor in a Galveston, Texas, boarding property. Prosecutors stated Durst, who experienced long gone into hiding there disguised as a mute lady, killed Black for the reason that the older male learned his correct identity.

He was acquitted of murder right after testifying he shot Black in self-defense through a struggle for a gun. He was convicted of destroying proof for chopping up Black’s entire body and tossing it out to sea.

Durst, who skipped bail even though awaiting trial in Galveston ahead of at some point staying arrested for shoplifting a sandwich in Pennsylvania, testified that he regarded as committing suicide though he was on the operate.

“I was likely to shoot myself due to the fact I could not think about getting a fugitive,” he explained.

Durst, who is frail and suffering from a sequence of wellbeing challenges, spoke in a soft, raspy voice as he denied killing Berman, his longtime pal who served as a spokeswoman when his wife went lacking.


He displayed no emotion about discovering Berman dead when he confirmed up at her Los Angeles house in the course of a prepared pay a visit to a couple times ahead of Christmas.

Durst claimed there was a notice taped to Berman’s entrance door telling him she had long gone for a stroll. He stated he permit himself inside of with a essential when she did not response repeated doorbell rings or knocks.

A yard door was open up and he found Berman lying on her back again on a bedroom ground, he reported.

“I did a double take when I observed Susan,” he said. “I set my hand about her deal with … to see if she was respiration, to see if I felt breath. It felt cold. Then I grabbed her by her arms … her head just hung down.”

He at first considered she was hurt from a slide, but finally concluded another person killed her.

He explained he experimented with calling 911 from her house, but the battery in her cordless cellular phone was useless. He made the decision to go away the home just after listening to neighbors going for walks by and imagining he would be suspected if he was discovered inside of with the overall body.


Durst stated he stopped at a pay mobile phone around Sunset Boulevard and dialed 911. He did not want to present his identify to the dispatcher and regarded furnishing a phony title. But he concluded his unique voice would sooner or later be recognized on the recording, so he hung up.

As a substitute, he mailed a note to law enforcement that simply just claimed, “CADAVER” and provided Berman’s deal with. The envelope misspelled Beverly Hills as “Beverley.”

Durst experienced normally denied creating the observe — to police and documentary filmmakers who confronted him with a letter he after despatched Berman with almost similar handwriting and the same misspelling of Beverly.

The gotcha second delivered the climax to “The Jinx: The Daily life and Fatalities of Robert Durst.” Just after concluding the job interview, Durst went to a restroom with a reside mic and muttered to himself: “Killed them all, of study course.”

Soon after the choose ruled that prosecutors could current evidence displaying he wrote the be aware, his attorneys conceded that Durst penned it. His testimony was the first time he is publicly described locating Berman and producing the notice.


Durst denied killing Berman and stated he experienced no motive to destroy her. He denied that Berman, who was in fiscal trouble and had been supported by him more than the many years, experienced been blackmailing him.

“Someone ought to have experienced a reason, a motive, regardless of what, to eliminate Susan Berman,” he reported. “I experienced no purpose to kill Susan Berman.”

Subsequent Berman’s dying, Durst claimed he drove north about eight several hours to the San Francisco airport in which he still left his car at the curb — with the motor maybe still operating. When questioned about his state of brain, he did not point out mourning the loss of his longtime mate.

“I was striving to determine if anybody would believe I experienced killed Susan Berman,” he reported.

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