August 15, 2019 – For the first time on television, Dateline NBC will air rarely-seen video of Robert Durst’s friends testifying for the prosecution as to why he might have killed his best friend, Susan Berman. In prerecorded testimony that may be used at Durst’s trial next year, his friend Nick Chavin recalled a conversation he had with Durst, explaining: “We walked out the door. And on the sidewalk, I said, ‘You wanted to talk about Susan?’ And Bob said, ‘I had to. It was her or me. I had no choice.’" To watch the excerpt, click here. Robert Durst: The Secret Tapes airs Monday, August 19th at 10 p.m ET/9 CT.
During Monday’s special, Durst’s close friend, Emily Altman, opens up in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Keith Morrison about being called to testify against Durst after years of supporting him: “It's like a nightmare and you're waiting to wake up.” She added, “And at this juncture I don't think I'm gonna wake up. You know, I may have face the reality that this is the reality.” To watch the excerpt, click here.
The broadcast will also feature a newly unearthed recording, hidden away for over 30 years, of Berman discussing the disappearance of Durst’s first wife, Kathie.
Heir to a multimillion dollar New York real estate fortune, Durst now faces trial in Los Angeles for the 2000 murder of Berman. Prosecutors plan to argue that her murder was part of a pattern of killings by Durst. He has pleaded not guilty.
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