The Jinx

The Jinx

The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

DVD - 2015
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chascalz
May 07, 2019

exceptional documentary , Durst is stranger than fiction . Hannibal Lector-like,
It's fortunate his family gave him $60 million , then moved him out of the family business.
It allowed him to hire top lawyers.
Quite interesting to see Durst testify at one of his trials.

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Byond
Jan 12, 2019

The old humorous answer to the question about how the magician does those things is 'Very well'. 'Very well' is how Jarecki put this soup together. HBO saw that this series could amount to more than a recycling of what came out in 'All Good Things' for many reasons. That work prepared Jarecki to dig deeper into the Durst phenomenon.
And not only that work. 'Capturing the Friedmans' is in many ways the same kettle of fish. Here's a few of Jarecki's remarks from interviews promoting that one.
'this was all about David getting the story out'
'in a way the film becomes a series of unreliable narrators'
'this is not the kind of police work you'd like to see performed if this were your son'
'there's a lot of ambiguity in the film…'
'the person that planted with the press the idea that'
'the family was so horribly treated in the press – very often in a case like this, the culprits kind of get turned into monsters, that I think their feeling was that if the film just showed them as human beings, even with a lot of problems ... that the audience would have to see them as people, not see them as monsters, and would raise the possibility that maybe they were not treated fairly, so, in general, I think that's been pretty positive a development'.

Watching this one might recall Raskolnikov, a more sympathetic character. It seems to me people knew what Durst was; in many cases, money covered a multitude of sins. When the marriage was just barely functioning, Durst is unable to be social to Kathie's family at a get together. Even years after her death he is not reluctant to proclaim their smallness, their limitations, echoing his father's remark, 'She will never be one of us'.

One of Durst's legal victors conceded that the system is not fair. The rich drive Mercedes and others, a used car. Justice as a commodity.

Not the greatest story ever told. That one many consider the story of Jesus. And his love.

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lavasushi
Jun 07, 2018

Robert Durst is an eccentric odd wad. Several times he was referred to as highly intelligent and crafty, but I think he’s riding the bi-polar express. Sadly, the wealth of his family is able to keep him on the streets. Great documentary. Great to binge watch so there are no gaps in the story.

JCLEdwardR Apr 05, 2018

Well crafted documentary. It was weird to see Robert Durst get the benefit of the doubt from the filmmakers all while seeing giant signs pointing directly at him for the multiple murders. Well worth the watch even if you know the story.

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loid
Mar 28, 2017

OMGosh...reading this was like watching a book that keeps you up WAY past your bedtime.
We couldn't stop watching it is so unbelievable & Durst is such a layered person. We just never knew what was coming next. I LOPVED this doc. I am so glad to see it here as I have recommended it to soooooo many friends. Watch it!!

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VcrRocker
Mar 16, 2017

a very interesting documentary - American justice at its finest....or its worst?

ArapahoeKati Mar 11, 2017

Somehow I missed this in 2015 but I am ever glad I watched this. If you liked "Making a Murderer" or "Forensic Files," you ain't seen nothing yet. I was SHOCKED. Highly recommended if you have any interest in the lives of the rich and true crime.

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MplsTA
Feb 28, 2017

Wow! We binged-watched this when it was on cable and will watch as least once more.

The truth is stranger than fiction. And you can buy the best defense if you are rich.

Just a shocking story. Entertaining in a macabre way. And so sad that two women may have died because they knew and trusted Durst.

I found it particularly interesting that his family (especially his successful brother) want nothing to do with him and I suspect are even scared of Robert Durst.

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Matinee
Feb 26, 2017

I highly recommend this miniseries for those with an interest in true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer. I had seen director Andrew Jarecki's previous films, including All Good Things which was based on the disappearance of Robert Durst's wife, and was very interested to see this. It does not disappoint, and it is a fine example of the difference documentarians can make.

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uncommonreader
Feb 18, 2017

An interesting documentary.

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wmur
Dec 29, 2016

Amazing doc and piece of investigative journalism! Fans please read "He Killed Them All" by DA Jeannine Pirro for much more detail. R.I.P. victims (Kathie, Susan and Morris) and kudos to those involved in this 30- year investigation. An engaging read, although Pirro's frequent comments about her own attractiveness and the lack thereof in others annoyed me. A must- read for those interested in true crime but watch The Jinx first! (Best Doc winner 2015). Dirtbag goes to court re Susan Berman Jan 6 2017 and is suspected in two MORE murders (of teenaged girls.) Doesn't surprise me at all.

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buckeyegirl5560
Dec 22, 2016

I watched it when it first came out and it is captivating thrilling exciting mysterious interesting unbelievable how he got away with this murder and it took this to capture him. Worth watching. I am renting it again.

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graybear2
Nov 26, 2016

Chilling! A must-see. You probably wouldn't believe it if it were fiction.

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GHutt
Sep 20, 2016

Indeed a 'truth is stranger than fiction' tale, which becomes more bizarre as it unfolds. Recommended.

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readinJC
Jun 26, 2016

Excellent, compelling, so many twists and turns. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good story.

JCLMartyJ Jun 07, 2016

It's telling and sad that a documentary film making team was more successful in bringing this man to justice than the New York City police department or the Texas criminal justice system. A fascinating story that illustrates the role that money and power in evading justice. I won't spoil the ending other than to say that it was satisfying!

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empbee
May 29, 2016

An interesting documentary. Some editing would have made it shorter without losing the facts.

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trotter73
Apr 14, 2016

The truth is stranger than fiction.
This is a very dangerous man if he feels threatened.
I checked wikipedia and there are 3 more murders the police suspect him of.
A jury almost as stupid as OJ Simpson's actually aquitted him of murder on his self defense plea. Since when did self defense include dismemberment and dumping the body parts?
Funny at the end when he forgets he's still hooked up to a mic (priceless).

britprincess1ajax Apr 11, 2016

I am not a fan of true crime stories, but there is something unique about THE JINX that captured the public's attention. I am no exception, completely enthralled by it all. THE JINX transcends my expectations for the genre and taught me about a crime I had heard virtually nothing of, short of a fictionalized account starring Ryan Gosling. I am glad and yet saddened that I know about Durst. A fascinating documentary miniseries, I highly recommend THE JINX.

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2016

(Thanks to 'commenter' whom I am following, decided to give this a go.) Unique real footage television (as Citizenfour) that the characters were playing themselves. Absolutely riveting and disturbing true crime drama, disturbing because of the cold blooded murders and the dual justice systems, i.e. one for the rich and powerful and the other for the rest (see quotes.)

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A_Falkov
Feb 09, 2016

I have never seen a true-life crime doc that moves forward as compellingly as a fictional thriller. The sheer creepiness of getting "friendly" with a serial killer through this interview process is quite unnerving. The fact that this man walks free due to financial/social status illuminates all that is wrong with this system of "justice". "Some people just need killing", states the district attorney involved in the third murder case attributed to this very sick man. Unbelievable. Highly Recommended.

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Keogh
Feb 08, 2016

Compelling and troubling.

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13SabreD
Feb 03, 2016

WOW. The first episode is not as good as the remaining 5, but once you hit the second episode, you are hooked. Real life is better than fiction, they say. True in this case. After every episode ended, my husband and I turned to each other and said "Wow", as in "can you believe that?". Fascinating. Not to be missed.

ehbooklover Jan 29, 2016

Creepy. Disturbing. Chilling. This documentary is definitely binge-worthy. I still have goosebumps from watching the last episode. Highly recommended.

real_thing Nov 28, 2015

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in the same catagory as OJ Simmson, but got away with it most of his life. REMEBER EXON! rich people get away with murder


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