I haven’t watched HBO’s The Jinx. All I know about it is what other non-watchers have probably heard about it in the last 24 hours.
Its subject, Robert Durst, has been a suspect in three major crimes: two murders, and the disappearance of his wife, Kathy, in 1982.
The alleged murders were Durst’s friend, Susan Berman in 2001, who supposedly had information regarding Kathy’s disappearance, and Morris Black in 2003, a neighbor of Durst’s who he admitted killing and dismembering, but somehow got off on self-defense.
He was also the inspiration for a 2010 movie, All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling.
Now 71, Durst is obviously pretty screwed up. His sinister past makes him a very undesirable next door neighbor, but quite an interesting subject for a documentary. That’s what HBO thought, at least. On Sunday night, the final episode of its six-part series on Durst aired, with a chilling conclusion where Durst, while off camera in the bathroom but still mic’d, started talking to himself, and said, “Killed them all, of course.”
Coincidentally, Durst was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department one day before the Sunday finale aired, after new evidence emerged linking him to Berman’s death. He’s reportedly being hit with murder charges. The LAPD insists the HBO show had nothing to do with their arrest.
This may be some twisted logic on my part, but, if you’ve been fortunate enough in life to somehow not be charged in three crimes in which you were the primary suspect who had a motive, and then when HBO comes knocking at your door, shouldn’t you politely decline?
The LAPD probably isn’t lying when it said the series had nothing to do with the arrest, but at the very least, you’re reprising national interest in your life, and inviting others to reexamine what you did. And that’s not just people sitting at home watching the show, but those in law enforcement, too.
But I think it probably speaks to the nature of psychopaths and their need to not only commit harm, but to flaunt it.
Well Durst may finally get what’s been long coming to him, but HBO is a huge winner in this. Even if their show has nothing to do with his arrest, they still come out looking like a bearer of justice, and a network that continues to push the envelope with its entertainment.
It’s only a matter of time until other networks copy HBO and seek out exonerated criminals for a TV show. And I’m sure there’s plenty out there who are stupid enough to agree.
What’s O.J. Simpson up to these days?