Basically, yes. Confronted with a “mysterious” letter (i.e., the smoking gun) that was written to police specifying the location of Susan Berman’s “cadaver” and another letter written from Durst to Berman, he admitted that he wrote one of the letters, but denied he wrote the “cadaver” letter, despite the fact that they were clearly written by the same person. (In fact, Durst admitted they look as though they were written by the same person and struggled to explain himself).
However, the bomb dropped after his conversation with Jarecki. Robert Durst entered the bathroom once he had badly explained himself. He did not know, however, that there was a live mic inside the restroom. Inside, while talking to himself, he admitted, “You’re caught,” and even confessed that he’d “murdered them all,” which is clearly a reference to Susan Berman as well as his wife Kathleen Durst (and Morris Black, which he’d already admitted to murdering but managed to escape conviction based on a self defense).
Basically, that’s as closed and shut a case as anyone might be able to expect. Andrew Jarecki just solved a 30-year-old murder and a murder of more than a decade. What we don’t know, of course, is the location of the body of Durst’s ex wife, plus some of the other minor details. But the broad picture is clear.
Meanwhile, Robert Durst has been arrested. Elsewhere, Sarah Koenig is cursing under her breath. WHERE’S MY SMOKING GUN?
For the record, HBO also released a statement earlier this day regarding the arrest of Durst:
“We simply cannot say enough about the brilliant job that Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling did in producing The Jinx. Years in the making, their thorough research and dogged reporting reignited interest in Robert Durst’s story with the public and law enforcement.”