(AA) – Robert Durst, the eccentric heir of an American real estate dynasty, was arrested late Saturday on suspicion of murder, according to media reports.
The 71-year-old was held in New Orleans at the behest of Los Angeles officials in connection with an investigation into the 2000 murder of his friend, Susan Berman, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“As a result of investigative leads and additional evidence that has come to light in the past year, investigators have identified Robert Durst as the person responsible for Ms. Berman’s death,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement Sunday, as quoted by the Times.
The arrest had come a day before the HBO cable television company aired the final episode of a documentary about Durst.
In the final moments of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” he is seen as whispering to himself that he had “killed them all,” soon after being asked about the mysterious deaths of three people, including Berman, during the course of three decades.
Police did not specify whether the documentary was among the unspecified new evidence that pointed them toward Durst.
Durst came to media attention in 1982 when his wife, Kathie, went missing. She has never been found and no one has been charged in her disappearance. She was eventually pronounced dead, according to the New York Times.
In 2001, Durst was arrested in Texas after body parts of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, were found. He admitted to the murder, but was acquitted after arguing self-defense.