Many serial killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, started out by torturing and killing small animals, including cats and dogs. Now there is evidence that millionaire real estate tycoon Robert Durst also began his presumptive murderous spree by killing his seven Alaskan malamutes, according to The Hollywood Gossip.
Durst was arrested and charged this past week with the death of his friend, Susan Berman, in 2000. In the last episode of the recently-aired HBO series entitled, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, he can be heard confessing to Berman’s death as well as to the death of his wife, Kathie Durst, who disappeared in 1982. He can be heard saying, “I killed them all, of course,” according to The Hollywood Gossip.
Durst had seven Alaskan malamutes, all named “Igor,” and all of which met unusual, unnatural deaths, according to I Still Love Dogs. Both Susan Criss, who was the judge for Durst’s murder trial in 2003, and his own brother, Douglas Durst, believe that Robert Durst practiced grisly dismemberment techniques on his dogs.
Apparently, according to judge Criss and brother Douglas Durst, “Igor” was a code word for murder to Robert Durst. As reported in I Still Love Dogs, Douglas Durst said the following about Robert’s seven malamutes.
“They all died, mysteriously, of different things, within six months of his owning them. We don’t know how they died, and what happened to their bodies. In retrospect, I now believe he was practicing killing and disposing his wife with those dogs.”
Susan Criss also echoed what Robert Durst’s own brother said, and stated the following to Inside Edition regarding Durst’s dogs and her belief that they met untimely deaths at Durst’s hand. A video link to an interview with Judge Criss on Inside Edition can be found here.
“They all came to some unnatural deaths. Some very bizarre, unnatural deaths. He practiced on those dogs, and that’s where he got some of those skills at cutting people up.”
Although the jury in a 2003 murder trial acquitted Robert Durst, believing that he acted in self defense for the shooting and dismemberment of his Texas neighbor, Criss recently told Inside Edition that she made a horrific, gruesome discovery after the trial concluded, stating that “a perfectly clean and preserved cat head, cut up by someone who knew what they were doing” was placed on her porch. Criss strongly believes that Robert Durst left the grisly “gift” for her.
According to a recent Inquisitr article, a search warrant executed on a New Orleans hotel room where Robert Durst was arrested turned up a latex mask and fake identification, demonstrating that Robert may have tried to disguise his identity to flee the United States.
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