HBO Commends 'Brilliant' Jinx Team in Wake of Subject Robert Durst's Arrest

Robert Durst Arrested Murder HBO Jinx

New York real estate scion Robert Durst — the subject of the HBO docuseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst — was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday on charges of first-degree murder, for the 2000 killing of friend Susan Berman.

The arrest came one day before The Jinx was to air its finale (Sunday at 8/7c), capping producers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling’s seven-year investigation of Durst’s suspected involvement in Berman’s death and two other possible murders (including that of his first wife, Kathleen, who disappeared in 1982).

Durst previously was charged in the 2001 shooting and dismemberment of a Texas neighbor, though he claimed self-defense and was later found not guilty.

The case of Berman’s death was reopened after the HBO series’ producers contacted the Los Angeles district attorney’s office with new evidence that their investigation had turned up.

HBO on Sunday issued a statement saying, “We simply cannot say enough about the brilliant job that Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling did in producing The Jinx. Years in the making, their thorough research and dogged reporting reignited interest in Robert Durst’s story with the public and law enforcement.”

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  1. lechatnoir says:

    Oh my God ( in my best vocal fry impression ) , clearly planned . TV at its worst .

    • IMHO says:

      “TV at it’s worst ”
      I think that may be debatable having seen some of the ads for Reality TV shows currently on the air. (Dance Moms perhaps )
      If the producers of “Jinx” have FINALLY found enough evidence to get Durst into a courtroom for the murder of his friend or his wife it’s more than law enforcement has been able to do in over 33 years.

  2. NOLANOLA says:

    You mean to tell me NO ONE has EVER compared his HAND WRITING BEFORE? bullshiet

    • Tim says:

      I think it’s very exciting news. Hopefully, he’ll finally get the punishment he deserves.

    • Keegana says:

      The young man who was Berman’s surrogate son, who was put through college at Durst’s expense, recently found the letter in a box of Berman’s things that he’d never gone through. I think the LA police mentioned it in an earlier episode, but they were told that because the note was written in block letters it could not be proved that it was written by any particular individual.

  3. Sharon says:

    What do want to bet he goes for entrapment? Just wondering.

    • NOLANOLA says:

      He knew his mic was HOT. They told him previously. Lawyers will argue he was ”talking” to his imaginary NEMESIS or something. Split personality etc. This is ”reality tv?” Can’t believe HBO and the Justice System would stoop so low….but then again…RATINGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ.