BY COLLIN WARD, STAFF WRITER
“Nobody tells the whole truth.”
Tingling with suspense and dripping with style and blood HBO’s provocative six part true-crime documentary series is a gripping account of a diabolical sociopath.
The series, which just ended its six week run on the premium cable network, tells the decade plus twisting story of Robert Durst, the heir of a multimillion dollar New York realtor company and his many aliases.
The first episode picks up in Galveston, Texas in 2 001 with the arrest of Durst for the murder of his neighbor Morris Black. We come to learn through the following episodes that this is not Durst’s first run in with the law. In 1982, Durst’s first wife, and medical student, Kathleen McCormack went missing. With no body and a botched investigation the case was eventually closed and Kathleen remained missing.
In 2000, with newly discovered evidence, the case was reopened and within a year Durst fled to Texas and was arrested for the killing of Morris Black.
And that’s all in the first two episodes.
What follows is a dark, twisted, and shocking dive down the rabbit hole with director Andrew Jarecki and Robert Durst.
While “The Jinx” is its own living and breathing show, one cannot help to recall the 2014 Podcast SERIAL and fans of the podcast will no doubt fall in love with the episodic formate and slow reveal of information. But what sets “The Jinx” in a whole different stratosphere is its beautifully photographed re-staging of events, the hauntingly minimal original music, and the colorful cast of passionate characters that Jarecki interviews.
Jarecki, who is best known for his Academy Award nominated documentary “Capturing the Friedmans,” does a marvelous job compiling and presenting interviews, documents, and photographs for the viewer and his composure in the game changing final episode is nothing short of brilliance.
“The Jinx” effortlessly bounces between past and present, the latter which involves Jarecki interviewing Durst himself. Durst recalls everything from his mother’s death, his time on the FBI’s most wanted list, and how exactly he defended himself in a Texas courthouse for the murder and dismemberment of Morris Black.
The final episode is nothing short of a heart pounding shocker with its out on having a major effect on the many open cases surrounding Durst.
Throughout the series the viewer cannot help to ask themselves, “Why did he agree to be a part of this show?” It is there that the central character trait of Durst appears, a man with a dark past who has repeatedly gotten away with everything he has or has not done. He views himself as unstoppable, and his interview is another example of Durst’s remarkable arrogance.
“The Jinx” is currently streaming in full on HBO To Go and HBO on demand, do not miss this gripping true crime documentary that is still unfolding in front of our very eyes.