Robert Durst Speaks Out About His Wife's Disappearance

The millionaire was linked to two murders and one disappearance – but never convicted

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OJ Simpson. Casey Anthony. Charles Manson.

Some criminal cases are so notorious that they stay rooted in the American consciousness long after a verdict is rendered.

The strange saga of Robert Durst is one of those cases. Once the heir to a $4.4 billion real estate dynasty, Durst became a tabloid fixture after being linked to three strange crimes: the 1982 disappearance of his wife Kathleen, the 2000 shooting of a friend, and the 2001 murder and dismemberment of a neighbor.

Durst actually went to trial for the last crime: a grisly murder of neighbor Morris Black in a rundown tenement in Galveston, Texas. Despite the presence of physical evidence – including Black’s blood in his kitchen – Durst was acquitted in 2003. He has never been tried for the other crimes.

Now 71, Durst has decided to speak out in a no-holds barred interview. On Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET, HBO will premiere its six-part documentary series, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. The centerpiece of the docu-series: Durst’s long interview in which he talks about his mother’s suicide, his unhappy childhood, and the suspicion that has surrounded him for three decades.

“I am complicit in [wife] Kathie not being here,” he says at one point during the docu-series.

So will Durst convince audiences of his innocence? Even the producers don’t seem to think so. “He’s a very complex person,” says producer Andrew Jarecki. “But he is very honest and candid in his interviews. The audience may not like him after hearing what he has to say, but they will feel like they finally know the truth.”

For an exclusive preview of the documentary, check out the video below.

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