Last year, HBO's true crime documentary miniseries The Jinx became an unexpected cultural phenomenon when the ultra-wealthy criminal Robert Durst (SPOILERS AHEAD) basically confessed to murder on a hot mic. Now, Durst is claiming that his admission is invalid because he was on meth the entire time the show was being filmed. Strangest defense ever or most reasonable defense ever?
The crimes Durst all-but owned up to during the show includes the murder of his wife in 1982, the murder of his best friend in 2000, and the murder of his former neighbor. He was arrested a day before the shocking finale of the series aired on television, with law enforcement coaxing a far more official testimony from him. Now, the transcript of that police record has been filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
“I was on meth, I was on meth the whole time … it should have been obvious,” Durst said to authorities. “I think the reason I did it had to be because I was swooped, speeding."
I mean... thinking back about that show now — he kind of was behaving crazy.
“I just didn’t really, really, really think that I was gonna end up arrested,” Durst added, although it was easy to mostly attribute his egomaniacal confidence to him being absurdly rich and white and not, necessarily, on drugs. Really makes you think!
Another darkly humorous moment from the transcript comes when police ask him directly about the murders:
"If you had killed [your wife], would you tell me?"
"No," Durst replied.
Anyway, according to the Los Angeles Times: "Durst, 73, is currently serving a seven-year federal prison term for illegal possession of the .38-caliber revolver." It's unclear how this new information will affect his future.
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