Robert Durst Admits Writing Infamous Tip-Off Note

Lawyers for the New York real estate heir acknowledge he penned the letter to police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2019 5:02 PM CST
Lawyers: Yes, Durst Wrote Tip-Off Note About Location of Body
In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Durst sits in a courtroom in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Lawyers for New York real estate heir Robert Durst acknowledge he penned a note tipping off police to the location of the body of a friend he’s accused of killing, according to court documents. In a court filing Christmas Eve in Los Angeles Superior Court, lawyers for Durst conceded that he had written the note directing police to the home of Susan Berman in December 2000, the AP reports. Durst pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Berman, his best friend, but told a documentary film crew for HBO's The Jinx that the letter could only have been sent by the killer.

The revelation was made in a joint filing by defense lawyers and prosecutors on stipulations for a trial scheduled in Feb. 10. Attorneys for Durst said they made the concession as a strategic decision after the judge agreed to admit the evidence based on analysis by handwriting experts. The defense said they will still contest that ruling on appeal.

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