Durst did say those words, but the editing rearranged them: “killed them all, of course” wasn’t an answer to the question “What the hell did I do?”
You may recall that, after The Jinx aired its finale–its wonderful, incredible, dramatic finale, the perfect capstone to a terrific season–there were questions about its narrative. In short, it seemed like director Andrew Jarecki and producer Marc Smerling had played with the timeline, reordering events to create more narrative tension. After several interviews the morning… continue reading
These five stories affect our understanding of what we watched on television and what is happening because of the show.
At the start of The Jinx’s haunting final episode, a handwriting expert analyzed documents and confirmed that the note to police about Susan Berman’s “cadaver” and Robert Durst’s known handwriting were “unique to one person and only one person.” Director Andrew Jarecki, producer Marc Smerling, and their team planned their strategy for confronting Durst with this evidence. Durst dodged their… continue reading
In another remarkable moment for HBO documentary series The Jinx, its subject, Robert Durst, has been arrested in connection with the murder of his friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles. He was arrested Saturday at a Marriott in New Orleans, and The Times-Picayune reports that “The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force directed the arrest.” ABC 7… continue reading
An envelope and one word: together they produced more drama than any other reality TV series has delivered so far this year. The person who discovered the envelope was crying and shaking, and as soon as we saw it on screen, that response was perfectly understandable. The man discovered the envelope in his mother’s belongings; she was murdered in 2000. After her… continue reading