They are the five words everyone is talking about this week. "Killed them all, of course." Is it possible that Robert durst did it? And yet another cold case began heating up two days ago. Reporter:... See More
They are the five words everyone is talking about this week. "Killed them all, of course." Is it possible that Robert durst did it? And yet another cold case began heating up two days ago. Reporter: Tonight, in the quiet town of eureka, California, one family is feeling something they haven't felt in years. They are hoping there really is some hope. Reporter: It was here back in 1997 that 17-year-old Karen Mitchell disappeared. In the intervening years, her case has gone colder than the waters of the northern California coast. We'd all like to think that maybe she could still come home to us. That probably isn't the case. Reporter: But now, new light is shining on the case. All part of the latest twists in the white-hot story of the week -- the macabre melodrama of Robert durst. Tonight, Robert durst is behind bars. Reporter: Yes, it's been an extraordinary week for Robert durst. And given what passes for "Ordinary" with this man, that's saying something. You're a multi-millionaire. You belong to one of the most powerful families in the country. And you're stealing identities? Reporter: Dressing as a woman. Dressing as a woman. Reporter: Hanging in a homeless shelter. Chopping up bodies. Reporter: Pretty weird. As we go air, durst, the son of a real estate mogul, is housed in this less than prime location -- a prison equipped with a mental health facility outside New Orleans. But is he crazy? How would you describe him? Psychotic. Reporter: Or crazy like a fox? Is he crazy? Oh, no, ma'am. Robert durst is not the least bit crazy. Reporter: His trip from the penthouse to the big house is a saga which spans decades and crisscrosses the country with a trail of dead bodies. So, it's no surprise that filmmaker Andrew Jarecki decided to make durst the subject of a six-hour documentary. This whole time I've said nothing to nobody about anything. Reporter: The film documents durst's connections to three people close to him who wind up dead or missing -- his first wife, Kathie, who disappeared in New York in 1982. His close friend, Susan Berman, murdered in her Beverly hills home in 2000. And his neighbor, Morris black, shot, dismembered and dumped into the galveston bay in 2001. To date, durst has not served a single day in prison for murder. He's gotten away with it because of money. He's not going to get away with it this time. Reporter: Last weekend, as "The jinx" crescendoed to its grand finale, a new chapter begins. New Orleans police arrest durst on a warrant issued in Los Angeles for Berman's murder. The poor guy is off balance, possibly very evil, so when he was arrested, I felt relief for Reporter: He'd checked into the jw Marriott under the alias Everett ward, allegedly carrying an illegal handgun and a bag of his beloved marijuana. On Sunday, the tempest reaches gale force. "The jinx" finale airs on HBO, and the filmmakers connect a letter durst had written to Berman a year before her death with a second letter written to police explaining where Berman's "Cadaver" could be found. Both letters penned in similar handwriting, both with the identical misspelling of "Beverly hills." Want to tell me which one you didn't write? No. Reporter: After that moment, he's heard muttering in the bathroom. Killed them all. Of course. Reporter: But his enemies, who now number in the millions, might pause before popping the champagne. He's faced long odds before, not been convicted. We came here to waive jurisdiction and go back to California and let's get it on. There's a tremendous amount of relief that he's off the streets. Reporter: Judge Susan criss presided over durst's 2003 trial in the Morris black case, which ended in a stunning acquittal on the murder charges. We find the defendant, Robert durst, not guilty. Reporter: Deguerin and the other defense attorneys convinced the jury that durst killed black in self defense, then dismembered him and disposed of the body because he was afraid no one would believe him. But judge criss says the butchering of the body suggested durst had previous experience. Did it look like somebody who was doing this in a panic? This looked like someone had done this before. And the medical examiner testified that the person who cut this body up knew what kind of instrument to use on what bone and what muscle in what part of the body. Reporter: Do you think it's possible that Robert durst is guilty of more than three murders? Well, I do believe that he's guilty of more than three murders just because I saw what he did to the body of Morris black. He had to learn how to do that somewhere. Reporter: Now, the FBI is getting involved. We're doing a number of things to run down leads. That's one of the powers of the FBI. We're everywhere. Reporter: Remember, for all the focus on durst's movements during Kathryn durst's disappearance, Susan Berman's murder and Morris black's butchering, there remain yawning gaps where his whereabouts are less well-known. What was the itinerant loner, prone to using aliases and disguises, up to all that time? He's a serial murderer. Reporter: Jeannine Pirro, now host of Fox News channel's "Justice with judge Jeanine," is the former westchester district attorney who tried, unsuccessfully, to build a case against durst for the disappearance of his wife. This guy lies every time he opens his mouth. Reporter: Matt birk beck is an author and investigative journalist whose book on durst was allegedly found by police when they searched the Houston condominium. He says, "Killed them all." To me, what he was saying was I didn't just kill Kathie durst. I didn't just kill Susan Berman. I didn't just kill Morris black. I killed many others. Reporter: Which brings us back to eureka, California, the pacific coast town just down the highway from Trinidad, where we know durst spent time in the late '90s. In fact, he was here, just days before Susan Berman was executed in Beverly hills. Tonight, the question -- could young Karen Mitchell have been one of his victims too? Patty weber is a Mitchell family friend who is speaking on the family's behalf. Karen was very sweet, very quiet, very unassuming. Durst visited the shoe store where she had worked at. It was her aunt's shoe store. We know that he did come into Annie's shoe store and Karen was very often there. He had gone there several times. One time, he was dressed in drag. Reporter: Police say Karen Mitchell was last seen getting into a blue car with a man depicted in this sketch. And then you take into account this composite, which is the spitting image of Robert durst. He's got these wide-rimmed glasses, which he stopped wearing after I reported on this in 2003. Reporter: Through his lawyers, durst denies all wrongdoing and just hours ago they filed papers to get their client released. I think he's an easy target and everyone is piling on. Reporter: So, for now, everyone will have to wait quite a while longer for the answers. The Berman trial in Los Angeles is still far off and durst's defense team will most certainly challenge the handwriting analysis and of course the "Jinx" mutterings. Now must-see TV on HBO. Killed them all. Of course. Reporter: You're a judge -- will that tape be admissible in a court of law? I believe that that tape will be admissible for a lot of reasons. This was a -- he wasn't coerced. There was no expectation of privacy. Reporter: He's in a bathroom. But he's got a mic on. He contacted them and offered to tell them his story on tape. Reporter: While durst is enjoying the hospitality of the state of Louisiana here on suicide watch, his most immediate legal challenges seem almost trivial. The felony charges of possession of a firearm with controlled substances at the time of his arrest. Ironically, it's possible that those alleged crimes might keep him behind bars for the rest of his life. I think he's hurt a lot of people. I think he's got away with it because of his money. I think he's a very, very sick man. So, those words the cc1 Test message
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