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>> he voluntarily called me around the time that my film was coming out and said, "i heard about this movie. i'd like to see it." and then, he volunteered to come and sit for an interview. >> reporter: sitting down with a filmmaker who directed a movie about you killing your wife may seem strange to us, but, to forensic psychiatrist dr. sasha barday, who admits he has never spoken to robert durst, it makes perfect sense. >> his motivation is, "i want to be in front of the camera. i want to tell it my way. i don't want the press to tell the story. i want to control the press. i want to control this movie, so i'm going to make you make this movie about me." >> reporter: but durst's lead attorney, dick deguerin, who won an acquittal in the morris black case, told me he has a different take on his client's motivation. >> bob doesn't want to be bob. he's been hounded most of his adult life, and he just doesn't want to be that person. >> reporter: but he could have just gone on with his life.
he knew he was the suspect in a murder and a disappearance of his wife, and yet he chose to do a documentary. it's hard to understand why somebody would do this unless he wants the attention. >> oh, he doesn't want the attention, and i'm sure he's regretful that he ever decided to put his trust in such a person. >> reporter: durst's interview with jarecki became the foundation for the six-part hbo documentary series "the jinx: the life and deaths of robert durst." >> i will be able to tell it my way. >> reporter: but that's not what happened, says deguerin. do you feel these filmmakers took advantage of him? >> yes. no question. he's a smart guy, he's very naive, he's slightly autistic, and he trusted jarecki. and jarecki broke that trust. >> reporter: in jarecki's documentary, robert durst incriminates himself several times over. >> we were surprised that he made a whole bunch of admissions
and said things that were kind of shocking. >> reporter: some of his admissions about the disappearance of his wife kathie back in 1982 were especially shocking, says lisa depaulo, who has written extensively about the case. >> there were a lot of things that i went, "holy crap." he admitted in this docu-series that his story about the night kathie disappeared was a lie. his story was that he had walked three miles to a payphone to call her. >> did you end up speaking to her that night? >> no. >> that was his alibi all those years ago. >> it vindicated everything we as a family and all of kathie's friends have been saying to law enforcement. >> reporter: kathleen's brother, jim mccormack. >> she never got out of westchester county. she never left that area that night. >> reporter: durst also admitted he never went for drinks at his neighbor's house that night as he had claimed. >> that's what i told the police.
i was hoping that would just make everything go away. >> reporter: everyone now is asking, why did he admit that all those things were lies? there's speculation that robert durst wanted to get caught, and that's why he did this documentary. >> well, that's speculation. that's not a fact. no, i don't believe that. >> the psychology of bobby durst is, like, the eighth wonder of the world. he definitely kind of gets a perverse pleasure out of getting away with stuff. >> mr. foreman, i understand you have a verdict. >> his wealth, his intelligence, his slyness has enabled him to maybe get away with murder. >> we, the jury, find the defendant, robert durst, not guilty. >> the look of surprise on his face when the verdict is reached in galveston, i read that as "oh, my god, i just got away with it," because i think that's the game that... that he was playing. >> reporter: some, like
detective coulter, think durst has left a trail of clues taunting the police, like the so-called "cadaver note," that anonymous letter sent to the police at the time of the susan berman murder telling them there was a body in the house. >> the envelope was addressed to the beverly hills police, and inside is just a note with her address, 1527 benedict canyon, and the word "cadaver." >> reporter: the envelope held an important clue the detective hoped would help solve the case. the word "beverly" was misspelled. whoever wrote that had to be her killer, correct? >> i would say so. >> reporter: the l.a. police eventually concluded that durst was "probably the author of the letter" but never acted on it. >> what's all this? >> reporter: but the filmmakers did. >> they unearthed a letter that is identical. >> reporter: berman's stepson gave the filmmakers a letter written to susan berman from robert durst.
just like in the so-called cadaver letter, the word "beverly" is misspelled. >> can you read me the spelling of "beverly hills"? >> reporter: the filmmakers confronted durst with the second letter in a second interview. >> and can you tell me which one you didn't write? >> no. >> he was unable to determine which of the two handwritings that we're showing him was his own. and, in fact, we think both of them were his own. >> reporter: in the documentary, durst denies writing the note. when you see robert durst's writing and it's up against the writing on the cadaver letter, it does look very similar. >> there's no question. what jarecki did was he, again tried to trick bob by showing him both of them but isolated and not telling him which one was which. and bob very candidly said to the question, "can you tell which is which?," he said no. so, yeah, it looks similar. >> reporter: but doesn't that mean that he could be the writer of the cadaver letter? >> well, i'm not saying that he
is or isn't the writer. i don't believe he is, but there's no proof. there's no fingerprints. there's no d.n.a. there's no scientific stuff that they can rely on. >> reporter: but filmmakers came up with something else something that put them and robert durst on every front page across america-- a stunning statement many are calling a confession. we aren't looking for just any college students. we're looking for the fighters. the focused. and formidable. ones whose extracurriculars are working and parenting and working some more. with gpas that include grit. perseverance. ambition. the strongest people in america. with full-time jobs
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in the restroom? >> when the sixth segment played. >> reporter: along with the rest of america? >> yep. >> reporter: what was your reaction when you heard that? >> my first reaction, what in the world are these guys doing to send somebody into the bathroom? there's not a more private place, and they know that bob talks to himself. and that's just one of his quirks. >> reporter: when you listen to that, didn't bob durst confess to murder? >> no, no. >> reporter: how else could you interpret that? >> there's 100 ways of interpreting it, one of them being very shakespearean, the soliloquy. >> reporter: degeurin is talking about scenes in shakespeare's plays where characters like hamlet-- "to be or not to be"-- speak to themselves, trying out different thoughts. >> if you are a student of shakespeare, as i am, you'll understand what i'm talking about. >> reporter: i mean, you're aware, though, that anyone watching that show now thinks
that he just confessed to murder. >> i don't think that's a universal thought at all. there are people who feel like he got set up. my daughter is a journalist, and she was outraged at what jarecki and his producers pulled. >> reporter: degeurin is also outraged that, after durst's arrest this week, he was interviewed by los angeles prosecutors without his lawyer present. that's a very touchy legal issue. >> you know, knowing that bob durst was represented by counsel, a prosecutor came out here and took him aside and questioned him for three hours. >> reporter: what was your reaction when you heard that? >> i was astonished. we don't know what happened. they recorded him, of course. >> reporter: why did robert talk to him? he's pretty sophisticated. >> you say he's sophisticated, bob is not sophisticated. he is intelligent. he has asperger's.
>> reporter: we asked the los angeles district attorney's office about this. they wouldn't comment. what's more, deguerin sees an opening for his defense in this new government document. it reveals that, back in 2001, there were some l.a. police handwriting experts who believed that the cadaver letter was actually written by a friend of susan's named nyle brenner, who was a suspect at the time. >> two of l.a.p.d.'s finest, the supervisor of their handwriting section, said that the handwriting belonged to nyle brenner. >> reporter: years later, the l.a.p.d. crime lab experts changed their mind and decided once and for all that the letter was in bobby durst's handwriting. >> what kind of science is that? as brer rabbit would say, "throw me in that briar patch." >> reporter: deguerin believes that the change of handwriting analysis by the cops will help
him undermine the government's case. in the course of the interview deguerin also revealed that durst is in very poor health. he's taking painkillers. >> he's had hydroencephalitis and has a shunt in his brain. he had esophageal cancer. he's had cervical spine surgery. i'm not a doctor, but there's some serious things. >> reporter: in spite of his poor health, officials believe that durst was about to cut and run. when police caught up with him at a new orleans hotel, he was staying there under a false name. he had a .38 revolver, a latex mask, his real passport and birth certificate. and he had been withdrawing $9,000 a day in cash over a period of 35 days. he had over $42,000 mostly in hundreds in his hotel room.
there was speculation in the papers that the reason why robert had come here to new orleans was because he was going to flee to cuba. >> can't talk about that. >> reporter: but, were there plans to go to cuba? >> i'm not going to talk about that. >> reporter: okay. won't confirm or... >> ( sigh ) i think the... the... well, i think the words "cuba" came out of the mouth of the prosecutor first. >> reporter: what's the chance though, to be honest, that robert durst will get bail? i mean, he has a history of... of running when he was out on bail. >> the chances are slim and none. and slim just left town. >> reporter: while he's waiting for... >> how can you beat that as an end line? >> reporter: ( laughs ) don't worry, it probably will be. whatever durst's intention, the bottom line for deguerin is that he believes the prosecution case is woefully thin. you were successful as the lead attorney in galveston, and he
was acquitted of murder. >> not guilty. >> reporter: it's going to be a lot tougher in l.a., isn't it? >> i don't know. i think the evidence here is a lot more troublesome for the prosecution. not only is it a circumstantial evidence case, it's a weak circumstantial evidence case. it's based primarily on two things-- this junk science letter and the bathroom confession. >> killed them all, of course. >> reporter: and finally tot,nigh t foramhe filies of susan berman and bobby durst's wife kathie, there is some hope that there is an end in sight after this long, painful ordeal. >> it may not happen in 30 days or 30 weeks or 30 months, but it's... it's really the beginning of yet another journey. and i have renewed hope and
energy and faith that this time around, it's going to be a positive ending-- justice for kathie and also for the berman family. that's a genuine expression of my own faith and belief. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> the whole family is dead, and he's nowhere to be found. >> he was pretending to be a writer for the "new york times," pretending to be me. >> so, why me? >> i felt like i knew you. >> "chris, are you accused of what you were accused of doing?" he said, "i think you'd know,"
julie is never far from any of our thoughts even though it has been 20 years since they left us. >> it was two decades ago that a teenage girl vanished from a busy outdoor mall. hello, everybody. i'm bruce johnsonment thank you for joining us. it was 20 years ago today that the body of 17-year-old julie ferguson was found off daisy
lane in glendale, maryland. her killer still out there tonight somewhere. friends and family met today to remember the teenager and renew hope that this case will eventually be solved. [ no audio ] >> we apparently do not have that story right now. there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in julie ferguson's murder. she was last seen talking to people in the mid-1980s. they were driving a burgundy volkswagen jetta. an elderly woman is found murdered in chillum, maryland. she was 94 years old and lived in the 6400 block of noel brook drive. it was discovered by prince cornlings county police making a -- georges county police making a welfare check on the
woman this morning. there was trauma to the body. they are withholding the woman's name and other information tonight. scary moments for two window washers on the job in bethesda today. take a look at the pictures. workers were cleaning workers in the 700 block of -- 7700 block of woodmont avenue when they suddenly became stuck high above the ground. eventually, the pair was able to breakthrough a breech in the wall on the 13th floor of the building to safety. so, can we get two spring- like days in a row? let's find out from erica grow. >> bruce, we had a beautiful spring-like afternoon, all that sunshine bumped up our temperatures. we got up to 63 in leesburg, 66 in manassas and fredericksburg and 61 in downtown washington. most of the temperatures almost 10 degrees above where we would normally expect to get this time of year in the upper 50s. we'll see a change as we head into tomorrow. breezes helping to make it feel much chillier as you are stepping out the door tomorrow morning. it will feel like 35 in
downtown dc, 31 in leesburg and at andrews. only 29 in frederick and martinsburg. tomorrow afternoon, a rebound to around 50 degrees. monday morning, it feels even colder. our feels-like forecast with that breeze is stirring things up along with temperatures getting cooler. our feels-like will be down in the 20s. you might want that winter coat once again as you are heading out the door monday morning. in the afternoon, we'll start to feel a little bit better, but that chill is going to be with us for this week in march. we are going to see temperatures getting milder toward the middle of the workweek, but it comes at a price. i'll explain that coming up in the first alert seven-day forecast. bruce, back to you. >> erica, thank you for that. hoyas struggled down the stretch. here to start tonight's march madness coverage. i thought they were doing well. >> yeah, they were doing good in the first half, then it all
went downhill. the hoyas-utah, looks like a return trip to the sweet 16 for the first time since their magical run in 2007 will have to wait another year. dave owens was at the game in portland, oregon. i'm sure he's wearing a gray coat. he is, of course. good evening, dave. [ laughter ] >> hey, what's going on, holden? i can tell you courtside the intensity level between these teams was off the charts. both of them said yesterday that this game would be a slugfest and it was and i've got to tell you it took a lot of mental stamina for these two teams to grind through this second of games in three days. let's take a look at some of the video because this was a pretty good basketball game. let's start with trowic one of senior leaders on georgetown. got off to a great start. nails a three-pointer to make it 21-10. georgetown hit 5-7 of their first threes. down the stretch, tom mccarthyiew -- too much utah.
wright is outstanding. utah wins 64 -- check that, 74- 64 and they are moving on. tough locker room for the hoyas. >> it's sudden. it's fast. you know, we have five or six seniors in that locker room that have played their last game wearing this uniform. it's difficult. >> it's heartbreaking. this team, we had a lot of high expectations with this team coming in. good upper class and good under class coming in. all year the team stuck together. we fought through a tough time. we decided the season coming -- just sad to see the season come to an end. >> yeah, the season comes to an end. one of the things that makes this tournament so compelling, you have the highest of highs one day, two days later the lowest of lows. holden coming up in about 15 minutes, we'll dive deeper into why the hoyas lost this basketball game. for now, let me send it back to you in the studio. >> thank you, dave.
i hope dave knows there is a towering inferno to his right. we have an ncaa tournament triple-header here on wusa 9 tomorrow at noon. virginia-michigan state tip off and following that duke-san diego state in tomorrow's tournament action. in addition to the men's game, maryland women were in action. the president of the united states taking in a game at college park. i'll tell you what member -- family member he was there to see. >> if you lose like georgetown did today, hopefully it won't happen to maryland and virginia tomorrow or you lose in the finals. it hurts. it's the same scene, right? >> it's disappointing every time. come on, bruce. imagine if it happens at the end of this game today. at the end of the sports cast, i'm so sad it's over. >> georgetown university campus tonight, students packed in to cheer the hoyas on.
you can imagine what that looked like at the end. elsewhere on a more serious note, a few dc residents discover bullet holes in their vehicles and discovers of residents from that petworth community met with police to get answers about the increased violence. stephanie ramirez reports on what's being done to catch the criminals. >> maybe that's in 30 minutes. we hear shooting. >> reporter: this northwest dc resident asked to remain anonymous. tells me minutes later monday night a cop was at her door to let her know her door was shot the a and now there's a big -- and now there's a big bullet hole there. >> i thought oh, my goodness to my children and thought did you hear my children? that's like a cannon. >> dc police lieutenant today. >> what's being done? >> reporter: she wasn't the only one. a packed room pushed for answers on how district police plan to deal with an apparent jump in gun violence and shots being heard around the
neighborhood. >> we had one this morning around the 900 block of randolph. >> reporter: a police spokesperson tells us at least three cars were found with bullet holes. police tell me it happened in this residential area. >> just an hour before that there were probably more than a dozen kids on the street and to hear that kind of noise when you are coming in to try to put your child to sleep is very concerning and very alarming. >> we need a little more feedback. i'm hoping we can get that today. >> we want to know because the weather is changing. there will be more people out. more everything going on. no, we don't want to keep calling you for every little thing. now, what's little? it ends up being that we have a bullet in our car. this is not little anymore. >> reporter: at the meeting today, lieutenant crawford said there is a comprehensive plan in the works to address this recent gun violence, but he couldn't detail any of that information just yet. in northwest dc, stephanie ramirez, wusa 9 news. >> that comprehensive plan would cover the entire city.
as for the petworth area, police may add more foot patrols there. seven children dead tonight. their mother and sister fighting for their lives after fire ripped through a resident apartment. it ripped through a jewish orthodox home when firefighters say a warming plate left on mal functioned. orthodox jews do not typically turn on appliances on or off during sabbath. firefighters and new york's mayor say it's among the worst fires they've ever seen. >> this is unbelievable tragedy. commissioner and i, keith burns, chief leonard took us through the building. it is unimaginable what you see in there. you can literally see what was a home for a large and strong family and now it is wiped out. >> tonight, the children's mother and 14-year-old sister
remain hospitalized in critical condition. both suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation in that blaze. still to come tonight, helping women in the district fight breast cancer. also ahead, what says spring more than cherry blossoms? we'll take you to the opening it's the biggest trade violation in history. today middle east governments are shredding open skies agreements they signed pumping over $40 billion in prohibited subsidies into their state-owned airlines. protectionism at its worst. and their actions threaten thousands of u.s. aviation jobs. it's time for middle east countries to play by the rules. restore competition. restore open skies. fight for american jobs.
we had tech o'neal problems at the top, but -- technical problems at the top, but it was 20 years ago that the body of 17-year-old julie ferguson was found off daisy lane in glendale, maryland. her killer still out there somewhere. friends and family met tonight to remember the teenager and renew hope that this case can be solved. >> reporter: they gathered where julie's body was found and in the park that's named after her. friends say they haven't stopped thinking about her so many years later. ♪ >> tonight, we remember you. tonight, we continue to fight for you. we are still pursuing answers. >> reporter: dozens of former classmates have come to remember their friend tonight, but julie ferguson is never too far from their thoughts. >> it's something that i think about every day. there's not a day that goes by that something doesn't relate to it, a song that comes on the
radio, just, you know, somebody named "julie." all of us remember exactly where we were, where we were sitting, how we were feeling. >> reporter: julie ferguson was a junior at eleanor roosevelt high school. she had got off work at the greenway shopping center in greenbelt and was waiting for friends to pick her up when she vanished. the next day she was found strangled, her throat slashed. >> i never forgot it. none of us have. it shook the community quite a bit. >> reporter: prince george county cold case detective hopes bringing attention will help solve the case. >> 20 years for a case going unsolved is 20 years too long. it affects us all because we don't want anyone to get away with murder. >> reporter: julie's mom has carried the pain of not knowing so many years, but remembering her daughter takes some of it away. >> i'm hopeful. we got to know. >> reporter: detectives are still following leads which
include dna evidence. they believe someone knows something about this murder and are confident they'll one day solve this case. in glendale, maryland, wusa 9. a local community center became a sea of pink today. the pinky party came through with free manicures and massages, but the most important offerings were mammograms. african-american women have the highest breast cancer rate in the entire country and today's event in the district 7 and 8 was meant to eliminate barriers to free mammograms and other health screenings. >> what we do about breast cancer and community resources. we do that through a party. we've learned that there are so many barriers that keep women from coming out to take care of themselves. transportation, the fear of no child care, so we've combined all of those things in a party. this community which is primarily african-american, they tend to get breast cancer at younger ages.
the breast cancers can tend to be more aggressive. so, we want to have the highest quality machines that we can try to find these breast cancers early. in younger women, they tend to have more dense breast tissue and 3-d mammography is ideal to find breast cancers in dense breast tissue. >> there are two mammogram units in all of ward eight and none in all of ward seven. >> always watching. always tracking. wusa 9 first alert weather. it started out cool, but then by mid-afternoon it was warnl. >> -- warm. >> yeah, i went out for a run with a hoodie on and by mile four, tied around my waist. >> keep it coming. >> once that sunburst through, that's when the temperatures started to soar, right? >> yep. >> it was beautiful to be outside. tomorrow will be cooler. we'll still have that sunshine. let's take a look at the michael and sun westerlyth weather cam and it's -- weather cam and it's a nice-looking
shot. it's 51 degrees. that may not be our high temperature. we have a significant cool down on the way. right now it's still pleasant with a light breeze out of the south at 5 miles per hour. our weather headlines a weak cold front will exit as we head into the wee hours of the morning. that will lead to cooler temperatures. it will be a little breezy on sunday. that's why the feels-like forecast is significant. you saw that near the beginning of the forecast. chilly on monday. it will be chilly even for late march. it will feel a little bit nippy and then as we head into tuesday, temperatures starting to step up again, but then rain becomes an issue once again in our forecast. we have two major storms storm systems on the -- storm systems on the map right now. this one down in the south is going to miss us completely. the pacific northwest storm which doesn't look impressive whatsoever right now, that's the one that's going to bring us rain starting in the middle of the workweek. this entire storm system which is bringing soaking rain through the gulf coastal region
looks to graze us to the south. that means just some cloud coverment you can barely even see the -- cover. you can barely see the cold front that's bringing us the breezes as we head into early sunday morning on the map right now. on 9 future cast, just that cooler air arriving as we head into tomorrow. no big deal. lots of sunshine. it will feel chillier especially when you are stepping out the door monday morning. also, i think we'll get a little bit of an east flow. you know how that tends to develop the cloud cover as we head through the day on monday. we will see more clouds as we head back to work and that will help to step those temperatures downward. tuesday, we are watching that storm system approach. no rain i don't think until after the evening commute on tuesday. overnight tonight, certainly no rain. in fact, mostly clear skies dominating. 34-42, winds out of the north- northwest 10-15 miles per hour. yeah, it will be a little bit breezy and then still breezy in the morning tomorrow with temperatures in the 40s in the morning. in the