If you enjoy true crime documentaries, check out HBO’s six-episode documentary mini-series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. I just finished watching it and it is one wild ride.
The mini-series focuses on Robert Durst, the aging son of late real estate mogul Seymour Durst. Robert Durst is implicated in three deaths–his first wife Kathleen Durst (1982 in New York), his former best friend Susan Berman (2000 in Los Angeles), and a former neighbor Morris Black (2001 in Galveston, TX).
The mini-series provides interviews with numerous people involved in the investigations including prosecutors, defense attorneys, friends, relatives, and Durst himself.
Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki also includes footage from Morris Black’s murder trial, wherein Durst was found not guilty of Black’s murder by claiming self-defense, despite admitting he dismembered Black’s body and tossed the remains into Galveston Bay.
As a writer of thrillers, I found this documentary to be riveting. Here we have a would-be heir to a real estate empire, whose life went off the rails in a series of bizarre murders.
Throughout the documentary, Durst appears nonchalant discussing the details of these cases, as if he weren’t personally involved in the victim’s lives, occasionally referring to himself in the third person.
Despite the fact that these cases go back more than thirty years, new evidence revealed in the final episode has lead to Durst finally being indicted in the Berman case in May of this year. He is currently being held without bond.
Is he the “unluckiest man in the world” for being connected to three murders, as one of his former jurors claims? Or is he a slippery serial killer who may yet be brought to justice. Watch The Jinx and decide for yourself.
On a side note, am I the only one who thought it odd that in the TV series Murder, She Wrote, someone always turned up dead whenever murder mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher was in town. Maybe she was just a very clever serial killer.