EXCLUSIVE: Former NYPD detective says Robert Durst was ‘capable of anything’

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WOODCLIFE LAKE, N.J. (PIX11)-- A retired NYPD detective who worked on the unsolved disappearance of Kathie Durst in the mid-1980s spoke to PIX11 News saying he is happy her family may finally obtain closure after real estate scion Robert Durst was arrested in connection with another case, the murder of his longtime friend.

While in the final moments of filming the six-part HBO documentary "The Jinx," a film that explores Durst's possible ties to several crimes, Durst made a shocking revelation.

"What the hell did I do?" Durst, 71, mumbled to himself - -and into a microphone -- during the last episode of the documentary. "Killed them all, of course."

Michael Struk investigated the disappearance of Kathie Durst while with the NYPD more than 30 years ago and wasn't surprised by her husband's bizarre comment.

"He is a strange individual," Struck said of Durst, who has been linked to three killings. "I think he is capable of anything."

"The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" explores Durst's connections to the 1982 Westchester County disappearance of his wife Kathie Durst, who is presumed dead. Investigators say they believe he was behind the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman, a crime writer and Durst’s longtime friend, who was shot dead in her Beverly Hills home.

He was also accused of shooting and killing his neighbor after moving to Galveston, Texas, in 2001, claiming self-defense, but was later acquitted by the jury.

Durst was arrested Saturday night in New Orleans on an extradition warrant from Los Angeles. On Sunday, Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement saying additional evidence identified Durst as the person responsible for the death of Berman.

"Bravo, bravo," Struk said of the LAPD and "The Jinx" filmmaker Andrew Jarecki. "I think they did a great job."

"I'm very happy justice appears to be served," Struk said. "I'm mainly happy for the McCormack family. I think they waited for more than 30 years for some form of justice."

But what leads a man who has the suspicions of authorities to say such a declaration?

"I think he has some issues," Struck said. "His behavior is bizarre."

It remains to be seen if the statement will be permissible in court since Durst made the comment while alone in the bathroom and there is an expectation of privacy, experts told the New York Times.

Durst's lawyers says he won't resist extradition but instead will face the California courts. He has a hearing scheduled for Monday.


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