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(NEW ORLEANS) — Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, has been arrested in New Orleans.

Durst, 71, was being held on an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested Saturday, a day before the final episode of the HBO series airs.

His attorney, Chip Lewis, told ABC News station KTRK-TV in Houston that Durst would not fight extradition to Los Angeles. He hoped to get Durst before a judge in New Orleans by Monday.

Durst has made national headlines as a person of interest or suspect in three deaths since 1982. He now faces a reopened investigation in Los Angeles into the 2000 death of his former friend Susan Berman, which may be bolstered by the show itself.

The series featured a never-before-seen letter discovered by Berman’s stepson Sareb Kaufman. Kaufman said the letter, which he believes Durst sent to Berman a year before her death, carried similarities to an anonymous note sent to police the day Berman died, a letter authorities say only Berman’s killer could have written.

Durst has denied killing Berman, but police have long believed he had a motive, allegedly wanting to silence her about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen, another alleged crime he has long been suspected of but never been charged.

Kathleen has since been declared dead, and Durst has said he has no idea what happened to her either.

Durst was also charged in the 2001 killing of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but he claimed self-defense and was later acquitted.

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