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We Were All Suckered by 'The Jinx' -- and That's Ok

20 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd think people would be happy with the finale this past Sunday of HBO's docu-series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Not only did the six-episode true-crime drama end with the kind of neat apparent-confession that real life seldom drops into the laps of journalists, but the episode was preceded by less than 24 hours by the actual arrest of its subject on a murder charge related to the crimes discussed on the show. Viewers got a bang-up ending, and the victims' families finally get to see the alleged killer face a court of law. Everybody wins, right?

And yet, there's been nothing but handwringing over the ethical questions raised by the conduct of filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and the fortuitous timing of the arrest. Jarecki and Smerling taped Durst's seemingly self-incriminating remarks ("What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.") during a 2012 interview, »

- Gary Susman

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We Were All Suckered by 'The Jinx' -- And That's Ok

19 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd think people would be happy with the finale this past Sunday of HBO's docu-series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Not only did the six-episode true-crime drama end with the kind of neat apparent-confession that real life seldom drops into the laps of journalists, but the episode was preceded by less than 24 hours by the actual arrest of its subject on a murder charge related to the crimes discussed on the show. Viewers got a bang-up ending, and the victims' families finally get to see the alleged killer face a court of law. Everybody wins, right?

And yet, there's been nothing but handwringing over the ethical questions raised by the conduct of filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and the fortuitous timing of the arrest. Jarecki and Smerling taped Durst's seemingly self-incriminating remarks ("What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.") during a 2012 interview, »

- Gary Susman

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‘The Jinx’ Helmer Andrew Jarecki Clams Up As Questions Mount About Docu Finale’s Timing

16 March 2015 4:43 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Where’s Andrew Jarecki? The director of HBO’s The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst canceled scheduled appearances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes and other venues. He and producer Marc Smerling also released the following statement, after telling one journalist they are no longer available for interviews: Given that we are likely to be called as witnesses in any case law enforcement may decide to bring against Robert Durst, i… »

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Lapd Denies Robert Durst’s Arrest Had Anything to Do With The Jinx

16 March 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Robert Durst was arrested for the murder of Susan Berman on Saturday, hours before the finale of The Jinx and months after the series' producers turned over evidence connecting Durst to the crime, including an audio recording in which he seemed to confess — but that's just a coincidence, says the Lapd. According to Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, the arrest was purely the result of years of hard work and good policing. "We based our actions ... on the investigation and the evidence," Albanese told the Los Angeles Times. "We didn't base anything we did on the HBO series. The arrest was made as a result of the investigative efforts and at a time that we believe it was needed." In a post-finale interview with the New York Times, Jinx co-writer Marc Smerling suggested the documentary series was "hugely important" to the case against Durst. Meanwhile, Durst's lawyer saw a connection of his own, »

- Nate Jones

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‘The Jinx’ Director: ‘We Hoped Robert Durst Would Be Arrested as Soon as Possible’

16 March 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Among the many questions raised by the dramatic conclusion of “The Jinx,” HBO’s six-part docu-series on suspected killer Robert Durst, was the issue of when law enforcement officials were made aware of the damning materials gathered by filmmaker Andrew Jarecki.

In Sunday’s finale episode, Durst appears to acknowledge his role in three murder cases that he has been linked to since 1982. The heir to a real estate fortune was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday in connection with the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, in Los Angeles in 2000.

“Killed them all, of course,” he says while talking to himself in a bathroom in a moment captured by the still-live microphone after he squirmed during an interview where Jarecki presents him with handwriting evidence pointing to his guilt in the shooting death of an L.A. woman in 2000.

The timing of Durst’s arrest and the finale of »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Robert Durst Says He ‘Killed Them All’ in Final Moments of HBO Doc

16 March 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, HBO’s six-part documentary about the real estate heir suspected in two murders and the disappearance of his first wife, has been full of surprises in the first five chapters. Yet, none of them -- even the discovery of a letter that potentially links Durst to the death of longtime friend Susan Berman -- was more shocking than the final moments of Sunday night’s episode.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” Durst said to himself during a private moment in the hotel bathroom following his final interview with director Andrew Jarecki. Not realizing his microphone was still on, the man was talking to himself, upset with being backed into a corner by the filmmaker.

"What a disaster," Durst also said at one point. Was this a confession?

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In 1982, Kathleen Durst, his first wife »

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‘The Jinx’ Finale Recap: ‘What The Hell Did I Do?’ (Spoilers)

15 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen the final episode of HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

The arrest of Robert Durst heightened the drama surrounding the final installment of HBO’s six-part documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” investigating the twisted history of the real estate heir suspected of committing three murders.

But even without the real-life law enforcement action, there was plenty of drama in the closing moments of the 40-minute episode.

“Chapter 6: What the Hell Did I Do?” unfolds as a tense cat-and-mouse game between filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and Durst, whose bizarre life story over the past 30 years is truly stranger than fiction.

The episode details the filmmakers’ efforts to get Durst to sit for a final interview where they present him with a powerful piece of evidence tying him »

- Cynthia Littleton

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After Robert Durst Arrest, HBO’s ‘The Jinx’ Delivers Dramatic Finish (Spoilers)

15 March 2015 6:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Who could have anticipated that the most compelling figure on HBO’s Sunday-night lineup would be a 71-year-old man who might have been exonerated of a murder but freely admitted that he dismembered a corpse? Then again, Robert Durst is a real-life figure steeped in fictional overtones, capturing the seemingly unquenchable appetite for salacious crime. And the makers of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” delivered what felt like a thriller in serialized form, culminating – in almost too-good-to-be-true fashion for the network’s purposes – with Durst’s arrest on long-simmering murder charges right before Sunday’s finale to the six-episode run.

It’s hard to comprehend the mix of hubris and sense of invulnerability and entitlement that inspired Durst to contact filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, the maker of the movie inspired by Durst, “All Good Things,” and agree to an interview. Nor could one script the final moments »

- Brian Lowry

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The Jinx Finale Recap: Just Desserts

15 March 2015 5:39 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Until this weekend, being Robert Durst was a pretty good thing.

Despite his definite involvement in the dismemberment — if not death — of a Texas man, and his suspected involvement in the deaths of two other people (including Durst’s wife, Kathleen), the New York real estate scion had remained a free man for decades.

Then he agreed to take part in HBO’s docu-series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. And that one decision may prove his undoing.

Since Last We Spoke | The series’ penultimate episode ended with a shocker. Berman’s surrogate son, now an adult »

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

15 March 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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, »

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The Jinx: Robert Durst’s Story Is Far From Over, Arrested Update

15 March 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

“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.” – HBO Statement“I did not kill my best friend. I did dismember him.” – Robert Durst “We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst,” Durst’s brother Douglas said in a statement to ABC News. “We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”Did an HBO series […] »

- April Neale

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Robert Durst Arrested on Murder Warrant

15 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Robert Durst -- subject of the HBO documentary, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst -- was arrested on a murder warrant in New Orleans on Saturday.

Durst's attorney Chip Lewis confirmed to ABC News that the warrant was related to the 2000 murder of Durst's friend, Susan Berman.

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The 71-year-old real estate heir will not fight extradition back to California.

"We will waive extradition in an attempt to expedite the process of getting into court in La to answer and defend against the charges," Lewis said in a statement to ABC News.

News: 'The Jinx': The HBO Doc 'Serial' Fans Will Want to Watch

Durst participated in 25 hours of interviews for the HBO documentary, which looks into the disappearance of his first wife Kathleen in 1982, the murder of Berman in 2000, and the killing of his neighbor Morris Black of which he was twice acquitted. The final episode airs tonight.

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Robert Durst, Subject of HBO’s ‘The Jinx,’ Arrested in New Orleans

15 March 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Durst, the focus of HBO’s documentary series “The Jinx,” was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday on a warrant issued in connection with a homicide investigation in Los Angeles County, the FBI has confirmed.

Durst, 71, has been a suspect in the unsolved killing of a woman in Los Angeles 15 years ago. The documentary series recounts the wild details of Durst’s life — from his affluent upbringing in New York to sordid fall and imprisonment in Texas in connection with an unrelated case — has been whether one of the heirs to a real estate fortune has been involved in as many as three murders during the past 30-plus years. He is estranged from other members of his family, who have said they believe he is guilty of crimes.

“We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally »

- Variety Staff

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Watch: HBO's Robert Durst Documentary Series 'The Jinx' Now on YouTube

9 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO is giving all non-subscribers quite a treat by making the first chapter of their new documentary series, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," available to stream for free on YouTube. The episode can be viewed in its entirety below and will be available through Wednesday, March 4. "The Jinx" hails from acclaimed filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling ("Capturing the Friedmans") and explores the tumultuous life of the reclusive Robert Durst, the offspring of New York’s billionaire real estate family who has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years. Durst has never been convicted, nor has he ever spoken publicly until now. Made with the cooperation of Durst himself, the groundbreaking six-part series uncovers the long-buried information the filmmakers discovered during their seven-year investigation. Watch Chapter One below and catch all new episodes of "The Jinx" every Sunday at 8pm through March »

- Zack Sharf

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Review: HBO's 'The Jinx' is a top notch true-crime drama

6 February 2015 9:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Perhaps a good way into reviewing Andrew Jarecki's HBO docu-mystery "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" is through its title. Unless there's a more direct articulation later on, the title comes from a quote in the second episode.  New York real estate heir Robert Durst is musing on why he didn't want to have kids with his first wife Kathleen. "Somehow I thought I might be a jinx," Durst tells Jarecki. Durst has spent three decades linked to Kathleen's disappearance, as well as several other murders, including a colorful 2001 case in Galveston, Texas that begins "The Jinx." A jinx, indeed. This brings me to Serial, the podcast that's likely to be mentioned in every single review of "The Jinx." In the final Serial episode -- Spoiler alert, but not really -- Sarah Koenig's colleague Dana Chivvis raises the specter that in order to accept the innocence of Adnan Sayid, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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TV Review: ‘The Jinx: The Life and Deaths Of Robert Durst’

5 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Given the frenzied response to the podcast “Serial,” HBO’s true-crime docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” could hardly be better timed. Moreover, “The Jinx’s” backstory — how the reclusive Durst, suspected of three murders but never convicted, agreed to an interview with filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, who dramatized his life in the movie “All Good Things” — is practically a show unto itself. Gripping and slightly unnerving, Durst’s impassive demeanor ensures this six-part series will be widely discussed, trumping some artistic choices that, like Durst’s account of events, can easily be second-guessed.

The premiere begins by revisiting 2001 and what sounds like a New York Post headline: a headless torso found floating in Galveston Bay, Texas. Police eventually connect the dismembered body (one of them grotesquely recalls fishing it out with his hand) to Durst, a privileged heir to a Manhattan real-estate empire, who had turned up in Texas, »

- Brian Lowry

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