By Jessica Contrera and Peter Holley. From the moment the HBO series “The Jinx” made its debut, it has been called “the new ‘Serial.’” Both the series and the podcast are about unsolved murders. Both let viewers into the process of uncovering what happened. Both tell stories so compelling, it’s easy to sometimes forget the characters are real.
But on Saturday, HBO achieved something “Serial” never could. The subject of its six-episode documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” has been arrested.
Robert Durst, a New York real-estate heir, is known for his alleged connection to three deaths: his wife, who went missing in 1982; his neighbor, who was dismembered in 2001; and a close friend, who was shot in the head in 2000. Until Saturday, the 71-year-old has walked free.
But days after HBO aired the fifth episode of “The Jinx,” which included a previously uncovered piece of evidence, Durst was taken into custody in New Orleans and will be charged with the Beverly Hills murder of his friend, Susan Berman . . .
“He’s maintained his innocence for 10 years now. Nothing has changed,” Lewis told The Washington Post in an interview Sunday. He accused prosecutors and the filmmaker, Andrew Jarecki, of timing of the arrest as a publicity stunt for the last episode of “The Jinx,” which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday. (Read more from “Did an HBO Show Solve a 14-Year-Old Murder Case?” HERE)
Wealthy Eccentric Says in HBO Finale He ‘Killed Them All’
By Janet Mcconnaughey and Brian Melley. The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife’s disappearance, came on Sunday just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he “killed them all.”
Durst was arrested on a murder warrant just before Sunday evening’s finale of an HBO serial documentary about his links to three sensational killings.
In the finale, Durst was asked about similarities in handwriting in a letter he wrote and another linked to one of the killings. Later, filmmakers said Durst wore his microphone into the bathroom.
What followed was a bizarre rambling in which Durst said, apparently to himself, “There it is. You’re caught” and “What the hell did I do? Killed them all of course.” (Read more from this story HERE)