The story of Robert Durst proves that real life is can definitely be stranger than fiction. The eccentric millionaire came into the public eye during the filming of the HBO documentary The Jinx, which tracked his unlikely involvement with multiple alleged murders. But now Durst has a possible explanation for his bizarre behavior on camera, namely, that Robert Durst was high on meth during filming of the whole thing.
The Jinx made major headlines when the filmmakers inadvertently caught Durst confessing to his crimes after being acquitted. Since then, Durst has been charged with the murder of Berman and assortment of other crimes, all of which he has pled not guilty to. Now he insists all his strange and erratic behavior came down to a drug addiction.
Over the years, the real estate heir has been connected to several highly publicized mysteries: the disappearance of his wife (who has been missing since 1982 and is presumed dead) and the execution-style murder of his longtime best friend Susan Berman in 2000. But the most baffling could be the 2001 case where he allegedly shot a former neighbor, chopped up his body, and threw it in the nearby bay in what Robert Durst insisted was an act of self-defense.
And while Durst has an alleged history of drug use (he was arrested in New Orleans with marijuana, $40,000 in cash, guns, and for some reason a mask), he might have a hard time using the methamphetamine defense to get his charges reduced or dropped. According to official transcripts, Durst was read his Miranda rights and voluntarily cooperated with questioning, which means he knew what was going on at the time of his arrest.
But his attorneys feel differently, and have already filed paperwork to have some of the charges against their client dropped. After all, if he was flying high on methamphetamine during the filming of The Jinx, how much of the evidence was ultimately compromised? That’s the angle Durst’s legal team is hoping will pay off.
Meanwhile, Durst remains in prison serving a seven-year sentence for illegal possession of a .38 caliber revolver. Whatever the end results of his case, one thing is certain: drugs and violence are always a dangerous combination.