Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst

By CrimeStory.com•Kary Antholis

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The story of billionaire Robert Durst and his possible involvement in the deaths of three people became world-famous because of the popular HBO series, The Jinx. Hear the story of the Durst trial for the murder of Susan Berman as it happens, with unique access to evidence and testimony from pre-trial proceedings, courtroom recaps, expert commentary, witness testimony and interviews with individuals who have special knowledge related to the homicide trial. This groundbreaking real-time true crime series is created, hosted and produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Kary Antholis.


Episode Date
S2 E11: Robert Durst's Love Nest
00:40:42

This episode, Robert Durst's Love Nest, focuses on the testimony of Susan Giordano and Jeanne Clark, examining the loyalty that Robert Durst seems to inspire in his female companions, as well as the possible reasons that the prosecution called these witnesses. Host Kary Antholis discusses these dynamics with co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com.

 

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Jul 21, 2021
S2 E10: What Happened to Morris Black's Head?
00:38:27

In this episode, What Happened to Morris Black's Head?, we examine how the prosecution in the Susan Berman murder trial presents Robert Durst's pattern of making calculated but clumsy moves to cover up his wrongdoings. Using the text of his 2003 testimony during the trial for the murder of Morris Black — as read by actors David Kelsey and Curt Cornelius — we'll look at how Robert Durst’s story then compares to the prosecution’s narrative today. Later in this episode, host Kary Antholis, co-host Brittany Bookbinder, and journalist Charles V. Bagli (who is covering the Durst trial for the New York Times and CrimeStory.com) speculate on the prosecution’s theory of where Morris Black’s head may have ended up.

 

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Jul 14, 2021
S2 Bonus 9: Jill Biden's Ex-Husband Joins the Robert Durst Circus
00:11:45

In this special breaking news edition of Jury Duty, Jill Biden's Ex-Husband Joins the Robert Durst Circus, host Kary Antholis examines the claim by Bill Stevenson, the ex-husband of First Lady Jill Biden, that he had an affair with Kathie Durst in 1982, just days before she went missing. Kary is joined by co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is reporting on the Durst trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com.

 

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Jul 14, 2021
S2 E9: The Brothers Durst Speak
00:37:18

In this episode, The Brothers Durst Speak, we explore the testimony of Douglas and Thomas Durst in their brother Robert's murder trial. Some common — and not so common — themes emerge. Host Kary Antholis discusses this intense testimony with co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com and whose series of articles The Many Lives of Robert Durst and Susy Berman’s Greatest Unfinished Story can be found at Crime Story.com.

 

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Jul 07, 2021
S2 Bonus 8: Bob Talks Guns
00:15:28

In this installment of our series Robert Durst In His Own Words, we dive into Bob's relationship with guns. Over the years, Robert Durst has made numerous public statements about firearms. These statements — as read by actor David Kelsey — offer insights that you might not glean from listening to his defense attorneys or even watching the megahit documentary series, The Jinx. 

 

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Jul 06, 2021
S2 E8: The Trial’s Key Moment
00:40:27

This episode, The Trial's Key Moment, focuses on the explosive testimony of Emily and Stewart Altman, longtime friends and confidants of Robert Durst. Host Kary Antholis discusses the week's shocking developments with co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com and who became a part of the trial himself during Emily Altman's testimony.

 

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Jun 30, 2021
S2 Bonus 7: Bob Talks about His Shaved Head and His Catheter
00:08:06

In this special breaking news bonus episode, we detail how Robert Durst — for the first time in weeks — stood up at the defense table and made his voice heard.

 

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Jun 29, 2021
S2 Bonus 6: A Bizarre Blunder By Durst's Defense
00:06:01

In court this week, defense attorney Dick DeGuerin presented a photo of a young Robert Durst and a pretty young woman to illustrate Bob's affection for his missing wife, Kathie, and attempting to cast doubt on suspicions that Durst may have harmed her. The only problem? The woman in the picture isn't Kathie. Host Kary Antholis is joined by Charles V. Bagli, who is reporting on the Durst trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com, to discuss this odd misstep.

 

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Jun 28, 2021
S2 E7: Susan's Diarrhea Tell and Bob's Scream Therapy with John and Yoko
00:41:49

This episode, Susan's Diarrhea Tell and Bob's Scream Therapy with John and Yoko, looks at testimony from several witnesses regarding Susan Berman's actions on behalf of Robert Durst following his wife Kathie's disappearance. We also continue our look at Robert Durst's life in his own words (as read by actor David Kelsey) and host Kary Antholis discusses the week's developments with co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com.

 

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Jun 23, 2021
S2 Bonus 5: Prosecutor Empties Bob’s Catheter Bag (or How Sick is Durst?)
00:24:03

In yet another surreal moment in a case replete with crazy twists, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin told the court on Thursday that he accompanied the defendant Robert Durst to the bathroom to assist him by emptying his catheter bag. We take this peculiar event as an opportunity to offer a timeline of Durst's various reported maladies and to present as comprehensive an assessment of his current health status as publicly available information allows. 

 

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Jun 21, 2021
S2 E6: On Kathie's Disappearance and Bob's Own Words
00:39:20

This episode looks at the prosecution's presentation of strange events in South Salem around the time of Kathie Durst's disappearance. We also present our first in a series of deep dives into Robert Durst's life, much of which is presented in Durst's own words as read by actor David Kelsey. Host Kary Antholis discusses the week's developments with co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com.

 

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Jun 16, 2021
S2 Bonus 4: Susan Berman — A Moving Epilogue (With An Update on Robert Durst's Medical Incident)
00:29:13

This bonus episode focuses on the most emotional testimony in the Durst trial to date — Mella Kaufman, Susan Berman's surrogate daughter. Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com, also joins to offer the latest news about Robert Durst's mysterious medical incident.

 

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Jun 14, 2021
S2 Bonus 3: What Happened to Bob?
00:08:06

This special breaking news edition of Jury Duty discusses the mysterious 'medical incident' today that kept Robert Durst out of the courtroom and landed him in a prison hospital. Host Kary Antholis speaks with Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the Durst trial for the New York Times and CrimeStory.com, about the situation.

 

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Jun 11, 2021
S2 E5: The Detective Who Slept with A Witness
00:31:49

This episode, The Detective Who Slept with a Witness, focuses on the prosecution's withering cross examination of Det. Michael Struk. Host Kary Antholis discusses the implications of this testimony for both the defense and the prosecution. Kary is joined by co-host Brittany Bookbinder and Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com.

 

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Jun 09, 2021
S2 E4: Susan Berman — The Tragic End
00:36:26

We conclude our three-part series about the life of Robert Durst's best friend and alleged victim, Susan Berman. This episode, The Tragic End, tracks Susan's initially hopeful and ultimately fatal Hollywood experience. We also discuss the first week of testimony in Durst's trial for Berman's murder with Charles V. Bagli, who is covering the trial for The New York Times and CrimeStory.com.

 

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Jun 02, 2021
S2 Bonus 2: The First Week of Testimony
00:23:22

This special bonus episode explores the first week of witnesses taking the stand in the Durst trial. An array of physicians offered their testimony regarding a piece of evidence that the Defense argues upends the Prosecution's assertion that Robert Durst had a motive for killing Susan Berman. Evidence was also presented by the Prosecution regarding Robert Durst's propensity towards physical violence and abuse.

 

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May 31, 2021
S2 E3: Re-Openings
00:34:05

The trial of Robert Durst the murder of his friend Susan Berman resumed on May 18 after a fourteen month delay. We dedicate this episode to telling you how the parties approached restarting their arguments, including Deputy District Attorney John Lewin's tactical decision to focus on some of Robert Durst's most incriminating statements. We also bring you updates on a couple of the more interesting developments that happened beyond the earshot of the jurors.

 

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May 26, 2021
S2 E2: Susan Berman — Big Personality
00:35:57

With the Los Angeles murder trial of Robert Durst beginning this Tuesday, May 18, we bring you to date on the latest developments in the case, including some intense courtroom drama and a wild attorney press conference. We also continue our three part series on the life of his best friend and alleged victim, Susan Berman. This episode, entitled Big Personality, focuses on Susan establishing her career as a writer, the emotional and psychological troubles she confronted as a young adult and the forging of her relationship with Robert Durst.

 

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May 19, 2021
S2 Bonus 1: Durst Suggests Lawyers Experienced "Temporary Insanity or Collective Dementia"
00:10:53

Robert Durst and his attorneys traded assertions that the other was experiencing "dementia" in various statements to Judge Mark Windham. In a series of pretrial motions and court filings, Durst's team sought to further postpone the resumption of his trial for the murder of Susan Berman — apparently to no avail, The trial is scheduled to start again today, as the same jury reconvenes after a fourteen month postponement.

 

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May 17, 2021
S2 E1: Susan Berman — Easy Street
00:26:57

With the Los Angeles murder trial of Robert Durst scheduled to restart on May 17, we begin Season Two with a three part series on the life of his best friend and alleged victim, Susan Berman. This episode, entitled Easy Street, focuses on Susan's early life, growing up in Las Vegas as the daughter of a well known organized crime figure.

 

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May 12, 2021
Season 2 Trailer: Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst
00:02:31

Wednesdays starting May 12th.


After a hiatus of over 14 months, the trial of Robert Durst for the murder of his best friend, Susan Berman, resumes with the same jury, the same lawyers and the same judge that started on the trial in March of 2020.


The story of this wealthy scion of a New York real estate dynasty and his possible involvement in the deaths of three people became world-famous because of the popular HBO series, The Jinx. Hear the story of the Durst murder trial as it happens, with unique access to evidence and testimony from pre-trial proceedings, courtroom recaps, expert commentary, witness testimony and interviews with individuals who have special knowledge related to the homicide trial.


Listen to the Season 1 of this podcast for the overviews of their cases presented last year to the jury by both the prosecution and the defense lawyers. And then subscribe to Season 2 for all of the breaking news and drama of this national media trial.


This groundbreaking real-time true crime series is created, hosted and produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Kary Antholis.

 

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Apr 28, 2021
S1 E12: Thank You for Your Time (Season Finale)
00:29:49

As David Chesnoff concludes the defense team's opening statement, it becomes clear that the jury will have to choose between two ways of interpreting evidence: Will they be guided by Chesnoff’s mantra that “no evidence is evidence” deciding that the lack of CSI-type forensic evidence leaves them with reasonable doubt of Durst’s guilt, or will they follow Lewin’s OK Boomer Method deciding that the mess of circumstantial evidence surrounding Durst’s actions and statements and the statements of others leaves only one reasonable explanation: that Robert Durst killed Susan Berman. And then, after two days of testimony the LA courts were shut down due to COVID-19 and the trial was suspended until next Spring. The episode concludes with a taste of the testimony that lies ahead in Season Two, and with an update on our plans to cover these proceedings in the coming months.

 

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Sep 30, 2020
S1 E11: No Evidence Is Evidence
00:32:19

In the penultimate episode of Season 1, David Chesnoff takes over the defense team’s opening statement and establishes his mantra for the day: “No evidence is evidence.” By this he suggests that the jurors should lean into their desire for forensic evidence in assessing Robert Durst’s culpability, and if they find such evidence lacking, they should consider that to be evidence in and of itself. Chesnoff then tries to pick apart portions of the prosecution’s narrative of what happened to Kathie Durst and Susan Berman. He suggests to the jurors that there is an absence of forensic evidence to prove the case against Robert Durst beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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Sep 23, 2020
S1 E10: Let's Talk about the Dismemberment
00:28:57

Dick DeGuerin continues his opening statement to the jury on behalf of Robert Durst by reprising his assertion from the trial in Texas that Durst killed Morris Black in self-defense and then - in a panic - dismembered Black's body. DeGuerin then tries to counter the prosecution's presentation of Durst's own incriminating interviews with the filmmaker's of The Jinx and with Deputy DA John Lewin by positing that Durst was manipulated into making these ill-advised statements.

 

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Sep 16, 2020
S1 E9: Bob Doesn't Make Good Decisions
00:44:30

Dick Deguerin begins the opening statement in the defense of Robert Durst against the charge that he murdered Susan Berman. DeGuerin's opening in many ways telegraphs a reprise of his three-pronged strategy in defense of Durst the charge of murdering Morris Black in Galveston, Texas: 1) make the jury feel empathy for Durst with what he once called a “Poor Little Rich Boy” narrative; 2) blame the Media (in this instance the makers of The Jinx) and an aggressive prosecutor (in this case, Deputy DA John Lewin) for demonizing Durst; and 3) have Durst present a plausible narrative that he shot Black in self-defense in the course of a struggle of a gun. DeGuerin tells the jury that Durst will testify on his own behalf as he did in Galveston. That strategy got Durst acquitted of the murder charges against him in Texas. But will that strategy work on a Los Angeles jury, and are DeGuerin's legendary skills as a litigator at the same level that they were nearly two decades ago?

 

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Sep 09, 2020
S1 E8: After The Jinx
00:39:08

In March of 2015, after the debut of a pivotal episode of The Jinx, Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans on gun charges. Deputy DA John Lewin tells the jury that this is where he first met Durst, travelling to New Orleans to interrogate him. Lewin concludes his opening statement by presenting testimony of Durst's and Susan Berman's good friend Nick Chavin. According to Chavin, when he asked Durst about Susan Berman, Durst gave Chavin a disturbing reply.

 

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Sep 02, 2020
S1 E7: The Jinx
00:36:29

After his acquittal on charges of murdering Morris Black and after serving prison time for dismembering Black's body and jumping bail, Robert Durst decides to record a conversation with the filmmakers of a movie that suggests he committed three murders. That conversation led to the documentary series The Jinx, and - ultimately - to Durst's now-famous bathroom utterances "There it is. You're caught." and "Killed them all, of course."

 

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Aug 26, 2020
PREVIEW: What Happened After The Jinx?
00:04:27

In February and March of 2015, Americans became obsessed with the story of Robert Durst through the HBO documentary series The Jinx. The first six episodes of this podcast have chronicled much of the same story presented in The Jinx, through the opening statement of Deputy DA John Lewin in his prosecution of Durst for the murder of Susan Berman.


In the next two episodes of the series, Lewin will present the story of what happened during and after HBO’s production and broadcast of The Jinx. This bonus episode offers a taste of what you will hear on episodes 7 and 8 of Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst.


Episode 7 debuts at 9:01pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, August 25.

 

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Aug 24, 2020
S1 E6: The Texas Trial of Robert Durst
00:38:30

After the death of Morris Black, Robert Durst dismembered his body, threw the parts in Galveston Bay and made plans to flee Texas, not once but twice, the second after posting and jumping bail. Deputy DA John Lewin tells the jury that by telling a series of lies and half-truths, Durst seeded enough doubt in the minds of the Texas jurors to secure an acquittal on the charge of murdering Morris Black.

 

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Aug 19, 2020
S1 E5: The Killing of Morris Black
00:29:32

It is early 2001. In the aftermath of Susan Berman's murder, Robert Durst is living disguised as a mute woman in a boarding house in Galveston, Texas, and is befriended by a new neighbor named Morris Black. Deputy DA John Lewin, using interview clips of Durst and others, chronicles the events that would lead to the killing of Morris Black in September of that year.

 

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Aug 12, 2020
S1 E4: Point Blank
00:25:13

Deputy DA John Lewin tells the jury that Robert Durst entrusted Susan Berman with his darkest secret. The prosecutor then chronicles the key events in each of their lives that led Durst to allegedly shoot his best friend in the back of her head.

 

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Aug 05, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Adjournment to Spring and a Second Podcast Season
00:06:46

The trial of Robert Durst has been adjourned until April 12th 2021. At that time the same jury will return to finish a trial that they started more than a year before. So what does that mean for this podcast? We still have seven episodes to share with you, laying out the rival multi-media stories of the prosecution and defense.


And then, in the spring of 2021, we will return with a second season of Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst.


One of the longest murder trials in American history will be presented over two podcast seasons.

 

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Aug 03, 2020
S1 E3: Pine Barrens
00:28:15

After his wife Kathie's disappearance, Robert Durst travelled to New Jersey, argues Deputy DA John Lewin. The prosecutor tells the jury that Durst made a series of collect calls from an area of the state near the Pine Barrens, a notorious Mafia burial ground made famous by the HBO series The Sopranos.

 

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Jul 29, 2020
S1 E2: A History of Violence
00:37:30

Robert Durst tried to control his wife Kathie through violence, and that violence escalated until the day that Kathie Durst disappeared. "That is what the evidence will show," prosecutor John Lewin tells the jury in Durst's trial for the murder of his friend Susan Berman. Lewin continues his opening statement by asserting that Durst enlisted Berman to do "something for Bobby" that would make Berman a "loose end" that Durst felt compelled to "clean up."

 

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Jul 22, 2020
S1 E1: This Case Involves Three Different Murders
00:41:20

Robert Durst is on trial for the murder of his friend Susan Berman. Prosecutor John Lewin begins his opening statement by telling the jury that the case actually involves the murder of three people: his wife Kathie Durst, Berman and a man named Morris Black.

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Introducing Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst
00:01:17

Wednesdays starting July 15th.


The story of billionaire Robert Durst and his possible involvement in the deaths of three people became world-famous because of the popular HBO series, The Jinx. Hear the story of the Durst trial for the murder of Susan Berman as it happens, with unique access to evidence and testimony from pre-trial proceedings, courtroom recaps, expert commentary, witness testimony and interviews with individuals who have special knowledge related to the homicide trial. This groundbreaking real-time true crime series is created, hosted and produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Kary Antholis.

 

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Jul 02, 2020