“I killed them all, of course!” HBO’s true-crime docu-series The Jinx was a ratings hit and it followed the never-ending legal woes of Robert Durst in the news, it might have seemed as though the story of the idiosyncratic real estate heir couldn’t get any more bizarre — yet somehow it does in the fourth installment of Oxygen’s The Jury Speaks.
Durst, the 74-year-old scion of a New York dynasty worth $4.4 billion, has long been suspected of foul play in the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack, in New York in 1982; the murder of his longtime friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles in 2000; and the fatal shooting of his neighbor Morris Black in Texas in 2001. Over the years Durst has both retreated from the public eye — jumping bail, donning outlandish disguises — and actively sought the spotlight, as when he participated in The Jinx and was famously caught on a hot mic saying he “killed them all.”
As Durst currently awaits trial for Berman’s execution-style slaying, The Jury Speaks examines his 2003 trial for the murder of Black through the eyes of the jurors who acquitted him and shocked a nation. Featured in the special, which aired Tuesday night, are jurors Deborah Warren, Joanne Gongora, Elridge Darby, Robbie Nelson, and Alice Walker; alternate juror Glenda Brents; and Susan Criss, the presiding judge. Here are six things we learned from them — including whether they would change their verdict in hindsight.
Even the judge has concerns that the jury was “bought off!” Preview below: