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Did Robert Durst confess on purpose?

On March 16 2015, the top story of the day was about the arrest of Robert Durst, real estate heir. I hadn’t heard of Mr Durst before that breaking news and so was just learning the details surrounding the documentary from which his off-air confession prompted his eventual arrest for murder.

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. The whispered words of Durst recorded in an unguarded moment in a bathroom could come back to haunt him - or help him - as he faces a murder charge. A possible move by prosecutors to introduce the incriminating material from a six-part documentary on his strange life and connection to three killings could back fire as interview footage did in the Michael Jackson molestation trial and the Robert Blake murder case.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
FILE – In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. The whispered words of Durst recorded in an unguarded moment in a bathroom could come back to haunt him – or help him – as he faces a murder charge. A possible move by prosecutors to introduce the incriminating material from a six-part documentary on his strange life and connection to three killings could back fire as interview footage did in the Michael Jackson molestation trial and the Robert Blake murder case. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

When I finally got to see a picture of him, and realized he was 71 years old, I immediately concluded that he must be tired of running, hiding and he was ready to rest! He’s been a suspect in the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, for 15 years as well as the disappearance of wife for approximately 33 years, and acquitted of murdering his neighbor in 2001, and now his own words have both caused his arrest and set his conscience free.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,”

My mind then went to a somewhat dark place, “What if he’s suicidal? What if he plans to just end his life to escape trial, sentencing and be done with it?” I guess others were thinking the same thing too, since I later learned he was put on suicide watch.

robert durst on suicide watch
Robert Durst on suicide watch: Yahoo Images (today.com)

As the case continues to unfold, all I want is closure for the families whose loved ones he stole. I don’t want him to get off easy, I want him to face his crimes and pay! I hope privilege doesn’t give him a free pass, for all lives are precious and it is only the Creator who should say when a life must begin and eventually end!

Ironically, these charges may lead him down the road to the death penalty. So this question now troubles me, is the death penalty an authority we are empowered to carry out? After all, we didn’t create life, we are simply the vessels through which the Almighty Creator allowed us to populate the earth, and His 6th Commandment states “We should not kill “(Exodus 20:11). So how then do these grieving families get justice? And how do we as a society discourage lawlessness?

My answer: Life in prison with Solitary confinement so his conscience can be his punishment. He should not be allowed to commit suicide so as to take the easy road out, but made to think long and hard of his evil doings. The problem is keeping him alive will cost money! Taxpayers shouldn’t be made to pay for this, but his earnings — the very earnings that allowed him to live free and comfortably all these years.

Needless to say, only time will tell how all this unfolds — another crime story for the history books! Sickening and sad…


Contents written: March 16 2015. Edited: March 22, 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises


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4 thoughts on “Did Robert Durst confess on purpose?”

  1. I have some very similar thoughts on this case.Always wrestled with the whole death penalty issue-solitary for life always seemed far more befitting in such cases. And then, of course, when you get that tired of running, you find yourself running into God. Redemption is possible until that last breath, and I feel I have been given a burden to pray that way for a lot of these really messed-up souls, even as I pray for the victims. Most find it odd, but there it is. Son of Sam, real name David Berkowitz, was delivered and redeemed behind bars, a chance he may not have had if he’d been executed. So…ever since I read his story, I never say never. Thanks for a good, thought-provoking read today!

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    1. Thanks for reading! My thought process also stems from my bout with domestic violence a few years ago. My mom prays for him and encourages me to do the same. It was tough to do so at first, but as she says, he too is a child if God, we have to factor in what caused him to become this way – – there has to be something that happened in his life that triggered this! And he is not a lost cause until God chooses to end his time here on earth.

      I see so much of him in my daughter that I can’t wipe him from my mind – – not completely. And I don’t want to be the parent who berates the absent parent since they can’t give their side of the story, however tainted it may be. So, I struggle to focus on the good and hope that God works a miracle in his heart for the better. (Of course there’s the part of me that wishes he dies of natural causes/conscience so he may not be inclined to come after us later on should his heart not be changed).

      It is tough, but you’re right, all hope is not lost until his final breath. May God have mercy on his soul… And the souls of all the others who’ve done these terrible crimes. Prayers all around!

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  2. A very well written post. I’ve struggled with the death penalty for years with some heinous crimes seriously testing my long-held views against capital punishment. My heart cries for the families of victims, and I completely understand their demands for equal justice. But ultimately I stay with a view that a civilized society doesn’t kill its own no matter the crime. It’s a very difficult issue.

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    1. Thanks for reading. It hit a very personal note for me given recent, very violent, life changing events. How does one get closure? How does one find peace? How does one honor God’s word to forgive? How does one follow God’s commandment not to kill? This is tough, but in the end if we get caught up in the mayhem then we too become just as guilty as they! Where does it end? Sad…

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