Robert Durst in 'The Jinx'
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Robert Durst, real estate heir and focus of HBO six-part documentary The Jinx, says he was high on methamphetamines when he gave some of the interviews for the 2015 miniseries.

According to the Los Angeles Times, court papers released Friday reveal that Durst told prosecutors in a jailhouse interview on March 15, 2015 that he was using meth during the taping of the HBO series that led to his arrest. “I was on meth, I was on meth the whole time … It should have been obvious,” Durst said.

The show ended with Durst seemingly confessing to the murder of his first wife, who went missing in 1982, and one of his friends, who was shot in 2000, as well as a former neighbor who Durst previously admitted to shooting, chopping up and dumping in a bay in self-defense in 2001. In the final episode of The Jinx, Durst is caught on a hot mic saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” The admission led to his arrest in March 2015.

Days after his arrest Durst was interviewed for nearly three hours in which he claimed he was using drugs during the filming. When asked why he didn’t flee the country prior to the documentary airing, he told prosecutors, “I just didn’t really, really, really think that I was gonna end up arrested.”

Durst is currently serving a seven-year federal prison term for illegal possession of a .38-caliber revolver that was found on him at the time of his arrest. He has also been charged with murder, which he pleaded not guilty to. He is now awaiting trial.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate scion Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

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