Almost everything that comes out on HBO is worth watching, so fans are likely to check out the new documentary series, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” which premieres Sunday. However, “The Jinx” might be a bit different from your normal HBO series. The six-part documentary tells the story of real estate scion Robert Durst, an eccentric recluse who happens to be the chief suspect in a string of murders right out of a “True Detective” script.
Here are 5 things to know about “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” before the Feb. 8 premiere:
1. Robert Durst
The series’ subject is a very interesting, if disturbing, man. Durst, 70, is the son of a prominent real estate mogul from Scarsdale, New York. He is tied to a series of weird disappearances and murders, including his wife, Kathleen McCormack, who went missing in 1982, his friend Susan Berman, who was found dead in 2000, and neighbor Morris Black, whom Durst admitted to killing – though he was acquitted in trial claiming self defense. The reclusive eccentric has also been arrested for exposing himself in a convenience store and spent time cross-dressing to keep a low profile during the investigation of McCormack’s disappearance.
“The Jinx” has garnered a lot of comparisons to the popular podcast “Serial” and it’s not hard to see why. Like Serial, “The Jinx” is presented as a mini-series and profiles a real life crime story in documentary style, interviewing many of the actual persons involved, including the accused. However, the fact that Durst has admitted to committing at least one murder should set a very different tone for this series.
3. Andrew Jarecki
“The Jinx” is in good hands. The documentary series is directed by Andrew Jarecki, who previously directed the 2010 Ryan Gosling film “All Good Things.” Jarecki’s brother Eugene is the award-winning documentary filmmaker behind “Why We Fight” and “Freakonomics.”
One interesting aspect of the series is that director Andrew Jarecki hired actors to produce recreations of some of the key moments and scenes in Durst’s story. Considering the disturbingly things Durst is accused of doing, these should be interesting to watch to say the least.
Watch the creepy trailer for “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” below:
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