Durst's Apparent Confession to Murder: To Be or Not to Be

April 6, 2015 3:43 PM

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If you are like me, you are fascinated by the Robert Durst story. You have probably been glued to your TV set watching The Jinx, the compelling HBO documentary about Durst's life and the story behind the three murders that he is alleged to have committed. Like me, you may have been excited to discuss the story with your friends and family, and to get their opinion on this bizarre and tragic tale. But as a criminal defense attorney, I also viewed the story this from the standpoint of criminal law. And what did I see? Multiple legal issues: from handwriting analysis to self-defense to circumstantial evidence.

But one issue stood out above all others -- the admissibility of Durst's statements, or should I say mumblings, at the end of the documentary. Those mumblings may serve as a full confession to all of the murders he is accused of committing. I say arguably because whether those statements are admissi...

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