Murder suspect Robert Durst – the subject of Andrew Jarecki’s six-part HBO docuseries The Jinx, which concludes tonight – has been arrested, according to multiple U.S. news reports.
The 71-year-old real estate heir was arrested on Saturday (March 14) in New Orleans on a warrant issued by Los Angeles County in connection with a murder investigation. According to The Los Angeles Times, the case in question is believed to be the 2000 murder of Susan Berman, a long-time confidante of Durst’s who was also a potential witness in the 1982 disappearance of his wife Kathleen.
In its most recent episode, the docuseries revealed a never-before-seen letter written from Durst to Berman in March 1999. The handwriting of the letter – discovered among her belongings by Berman’s stepson Sareb Kaufman – bore a similarity to a letter sent to Beverly Hills police around the time of Berman’s murder, alerting them to the body.
As previously reported, Durst was arrested and later acquitted for the 2001 murder and dismemberment of his neighbor. The Jinx, produced with his full cooperation, is the first time he has spoken publicly about the various cases.
The docuseries – which debuted on February 8 – follows Jarecki as he develops a relationship with Durst, reveals hidden documents, police files, key witnesses, never-before-seen footage and private prison recordings. The timeline of The Jinx covers the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife in New York, the 2000 murder of Berman in Beverly Hills, and the murder and dismemberment of Durst’s neighbor in Galveston, Texas. Durst has continued to maintain his innocence in connection with the cases.
The finale is slated to air tonight on HBO at 8 p.m. EST/PST. On the Facebook page for the docuseries, a link to a New York Times article on Durst’s arrest is accompanied with an update that reads, “The truth will be revealed in the dramatic conclusion of The Jinx.”
With files from Kevin Ritchie.