SOUTH SALEM, NY (PIX11) --Wealthy Manhattan real estate heir Robert Durst will face a murder charge in Los Angeles in connection with the slaying of Susan Berman, a crime writer and Durst’s longtime friend who was shot to death in her Beverly Hills home in 2000.
Durst is the subject of the HBO documentary “The Jinx,” which explores his potential ties to several crimes. On Sunday's final episode, the reclusive millionaire made some potentially incriminating comments off screen while his microphone was still on.
"At this point it's pretty obvious that he's a criminal," Bill Mayer said regarding the arrest of his former neighbor.
Mayer was seen in the documentary series as the neighbor that Durst informed law enforcement that he had drinks with the night his first wife, Kathleen Durst, went missing.
Mayer says he gasped like everybody else when Durst said, "Killed them all, of course," on the documentary's final episode, leaving many to believe he was essentially admitting responsibility not only for his wife's death, but also a death in Texas and the murder he is being charged for in Los Angeles.
The series has put the focus back on the lakeside cottage that Mayer has lived beside for nearly forty years, a home he visited when Durst lived there with his wife.
"They were very pleasant as a couple. You would never think that they were anything but just very nice neighbors," he said.
However, Mayer adds that the two were quite different, "Bob was quiet and reclusive, kind of shy and his wife was gregarious, and kind of bubbly and effervescent."
As to why Durst, who once dressed like a woman to escape notoriety, would ever talk about the deaths he's connected to with the media, Mayer has has a simple theory, "He may have wanted to tell his side of the story. That is the only thing I can think of."
Mayer also informed PIX 11 that he expects to be called upon as a witness regarding the Durst murder case in Los Angeles.