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The Jinx Season 2: What we know about the new Robert Durst documentary 


By Sarah Finnan
07th Nov 2023

HBO

The Jinx Season 2: What we know about the new Robert Durst documentary 

Widely considered to be one of the best true crime documentaries ever made, The Jinx tells the story of Robert Durst; a real estate heir and murderer who almost got away with it all. 

A suspect in the unsolved 1982 disappearance of his first wife Kathleen McCormack, the 2000 murder of his longtime friend Susan Berman, and the 2001 killing of his neighbour Morris Black, Durst was acquitted of murdering Black in 2003 and did not face significant further legal action… until 2015 when he appeared in The Jinx miniseries. 

For those of you who haven’t seen the documentary, it ends with a clip of Durst in the washroom seemingly confessing to the murders. Still wearing a hot mic (that he didn’t realise was still on), Durst says, “”What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” His participation in the documentary ultimately led to his conviction. 

In 2021, Durst was charged with the murder of Susan Berman and sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was also charged with McCormack’s disappearance shortly after his sentencing, but he died in 2022 of Covid-19 before a trial could begin. 

And now, The Jinx is getting a season two… here’s what we know so far. 

According to Vanity Fair, a follow-up to the 2015 HBO docuseries, which aided in Durst’s arrest for first-degree murder, will premiere next year. The six-episode continuation from filmmaker Andrew Jarecki is currently in production and will debut in 2024, HBO confirmed last week. 

The original series featured an extended, revealing interview with Durst himself, with whom Jarecki developed a unique relationship following the release of All Good Things, his 2010 feature about Durst’s life starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. 

The Jinx was the result of nearly a decade of research by the filmmakers, who exposed police files, key witnesses, never-before-seen footage, private prison recordings, and thousands of pages of formerly hidden documents. 

Hours before The Jinx’s finale, Durst was arrested in New Orleans and later officially charged with first-degree murder in Los Angeles for Berman’s death. After the series had ended – and led to a conviction – filmmakers continued their investigation for a further eight years, uncovering hidden material, Durst’s prison calls, and interviews with people who had never before come forward… all of which will be shown in season two, as per HBO.

Durst later told a jury that he regretted partaking in the documentary, even claiming that he was taking drugs while filming. “I was on meth, I was on meth the whole time. It should have been obvious,” Durst said at the time. “I think the reason I did it had to be because I was swooped, speeding.”

People later reported that the statement was improperly obtained. Durst’s lawyer, Attorney Dick DeGuerin, claimed that “prosecutors interviewed Durst without his lawyers present, and the interview should therefore be ruled inadmissible at his upcoming murder trial.” 

“I feel this is an effort by the prosecution to influence the jury pool,” he said at the time. 

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst was nominated for six Emmy awards and won two, for outstanding documentary or nonfiction series and outstanding picture editing for nonfiction programming.

The Jinx: Part Two is executive produced by Zac Stuart-Pontier, director Jarecki, and Kyle Martin. Charlotte Kaufman and Sam Neave serve as producers, with Richard Hankin and Susan Lazarus co-producing. Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez produce for HBO.

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