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Robert Durst's Escape Plan: Latex Mask Disguise And Fake ID

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When police arrested Robert Durst in New Orleans on Saturday for the 2000 murder of his friend, it looked like he was on the lam. The wealthy New York real estate scion was donning a rubber latex mask as a disguise, using a fake ID and had more than $42,000 in cash.

In Durst's JW Marriott hotel room, police found that he had a phony Texas ID with the name Everette Ward, according to an affidavit TMZ got their hands on. The $42,000 in cash was separated into $100 bills in different small envelopes, which authorities believed he was planning on sending to himself while on the run. Durst, 71, told police that he was planning to ship a large amount of money. They also found a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver and weed in his room.

When Durst was arrested, the FBI said they believed that Durst may have been trying to flee to Cuba. The first flight directly to the island from New Orleans in over 50 years took off on Saturday.

The affidavit came from a search warrant Houston police filed to search Durst's home, according to NBC News. When authorities searched the house on Tuesday, they left with two cardboard document boxes. According to TMZ, during their search they found two copies of "A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst," a book that details the mysterious disappearance of his wife in 1982.

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Durst was charged on Monday for the 2000 shooting death of Susan Berman in her Beverly Hills home. Her death has been shrouded in mystery up until now. There was renewed interest in her case after HBO's The Jinx aired. The docuseries focuses on the cases Durst has been linked to: the murder of Berman, the 2001 grisly death of his Galveston, TX neighbor Morris Black, and the mysterious 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen Durst.

He could also be connected to the disappearance of two Northern California teens in 1997.

Since Durst's arrest, he had been held without bail in a Louisiana jail, in preparation to be extradited to Los Angeles to stand trial for Berman's murder. He could face the death penalty. Durst has since been moved to a prison for the mentally ill after he was found to be suicidal.