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Robert Durst Allegedly Writes Letter to Reporter From Prison

The infamous real-estate heir may have written a letter to a Los Angeles Times reporter from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Louisiana.
/ Source: NBC News

Robert Durst has remained mostly quiet following his latest arrest in connection with the murder of a confidant, but the infamous real-estate heir may be speaking out through the mail.

Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske told NBC Nightly News that she received a letter with a return address for Durst at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Louisiana after writing an open-ended letter to him on March 25.

In the letter alleged to be penned by Durst — which was written in cursive and simply signed "Bob" — the writer doesn't discuss details of the case, but bizarrely offers several personal details.

"I loved watching the traffic come up La Cienega (Blvd.) and mush into Santa Monica (Blvd.)," the letter says about two famed Los Angeles streets.

"My interests are opera and pro football," the letter adds, and that a Wagner production at the LA Opera was "a true example of Hollywood gone berserk."

Hennessy-Fiske said that while Durst’s lead attorney Dick DeGuerin did not officially confirm the letter’s authenticity, he did say the letter "looked like his handwriting, and that he is able to write letters."

"As long as he doesn't talk about the case or the legal strategy, his lawyers are fine with that," she said.

NBC News has not independently verified the authenticity of the letter.

Durst is being held at the Hunt correctional center following local firearms charges stemming from his March 14 arrest on warrant connected to the 2000 murder of friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles.

Durst pleaded not guilty in criminal court Thursday in response to an indictment on two local weapons charges. FBI agents have said Durst possessed a .38-caliber revolver, five ounces of marijuana, and $42,000 in cash at the time of his arrest.

Durst's attorneys are seeking to have his Louisiana charges dropped so that he can be extradited to Los Angeles to face the murder charge.

Durst was recently the subject of HBO documentary series "The Jinx," which detailed the mysterious disappearance of his first wife, as well as the murder of Susan Berman and the 2001 killing of Durst's Galveston, Texas, neighbor Morris Black. Durst admitted to dismembering Black and throwing his body into a bay, but was acquitted of the murder charge through a claim of self-defense.

In the series finale of "The Jinx," which aired the same day as his latest arrest, Durst appears to confess to the killings, unknowingly muttering into a hot microphone, saying: "What the hell did I do? ... Killed them all, of course."


— with Joel Seidman and Daniella Silva