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Robert Durst wanted filmmakers to see 'acceptable human'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/17/2016 By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A New York real estate heir charged with murder in Los Angeles told a prosecutor he cooperated with filmmakers in a documentary about his life because he wanted them to see him as "an acceptable human being," according to court documents released Friday.

Robert Durst said he gave the makers of "The Jinx" full access to boxes of documents so they would get the full picture of his life.

"I wanted them to see the whole thing," Durst said. "That they would see me as an acceptable human being, as opposed to all this other stuff."

Durst was arrested on the murder charge the day the final installment of the six-part series aired on HBO. In it, he is heard muttering to himself in a bathroom on a live microphone after being presented with incriminating evidence: "There it is. You're caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

The series traced the mysterious disappearance of his wife in New York in 1982, his acquittal on murder charges in the 2001 dismemberment killing of a neighbor Texas, and the killing of his close friend, Susan Berman, in Los Angeles in 2000.

Durst, 73, has pleaded not guilty in Berman's killing.

Prosecutors included Durst's statement about cooperating with the filmmakers in a motion asking a judge to appoint a special master to sort through boxes of seized documents to separate material that might be protected by lawyer-client confidentiality.

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