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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: March 16, 2015

Seven Songs in the Key of Robert Durst

Wow! Did you catch the series finale of the six-part documentary The Jinx  last night on HBO? Holy Bananas! It aired the day after millionaire Robert Durst was arrested. And it contained what many consider to be an outright confession caught on a still-recording-but-Durst-didn’t-realize-it microphone.

“The Jinx” was some of the most compelling TV I’ve seen in a while and the story hasn’t ended…not by a long shot.

The Jinx


Durst might have killed three people but hasn’t been convicted of murder. The story dates back to 1982 when his first wife, Kathy Durst disappeared.  She is still missing, no body has even been found. Durst was a suspect…kinda sorta.

Then his best friend Susan Berman was murdered in 2000. That crime remains unsolved.

Then he killed his neighbor Morris Black in Texas but got off even though Durst freely admits to dismembering the body and disposing  of it in a river where a fisherman discovered it in several garbage bags.

All of this is to say that Robert Durst is an odd duck, a troubled soul and quite possibly a calculated murderer. Time will tell and I’ll be watching this story unfold like a hawk.

In the meantime, here’s a cheery round-up of songs dedicated to the bizarre story of Robert Durst who will live in infamy regardless of which way the legal pendulum ultimately swings.

1. “Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park” Cowboy Junkies

2. “Murder Incorporated” Bruce Springsteen (note the first line is “Bobby’s got a gun that he keeps beneath his pillow” Coincidence? Hmmm….

3. “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin

4. “Getting Away With It” Electronic

“Psycho Killer” Talking Heads

“Murder By Numbers” The Police

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen (couldn’t resist this one!)

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