The remarkable HBO documentary series The Jinx wrapped up last night. Many true crime stories seek to exonerate the innocent, but this one is the story of an entitled, rich sociopath who decided to speak to filmmaker Andrew Jarecki. My theory is that Robert Durst did so because Jarecki cast Ryan Gosling as the Durst-like character in the fictionalized version of this story, All Good Things. Who wouldn’t be flattered by having a dreamboat cast as them? I’m holding out for George Clooney myself.
Agreeing to sit down with Jarecki seems to have been Durst’s undoing since he was arrested yesterday in New Orleans:
Fugitive New York real estate heir Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday on an out-of-state warrant in connection with the unsolved Hollywood murder of his friend Susan Berman.Durst, 71, recently became an increasingly famous figure due to a new HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” The miniseries is about Durst’s life and his possible role in three murders, including Berman’s, and it recently revealed new information about Berman’s death. The series ended Sunday night.
Berman was a journalist and author who worked for the San Francisco Examiner, New York magazine and other publications before writing the 1981 book “Easy Street: The True Story of a Mob Family,” about her life as the daughter of Davie Berman, a mob figure in Las Vegas.
Berman, who was affectionately given the name “Jewish Mafia Princess,” was found killed execution-style in 2000 with a single bullet to the back of her head at her California home on Benedict Canyon Road. According to reports by the Los Angeles Times, the murder was puzzling because there was little evidence connecting a killer to the scene and no sign of forced entry to her home.
Talk about the truth being stranger than fiction. The last two episodes of The Jinx played a major role in breaking the case as well. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. The pay-off is worth it.
I’m not sure why so many weirdo crime stories have to roll through my city but in Durst’s case it makes perverse sense:
A source close to Durst and Berman said this isn’t the first time that Durst has fled to New Orleans following police investigations. While he was on trial in Galveston, he jumped bond and fled the city — a crime for which he was later found guilty.
Julie Smith, a New Orleans novelist and former journalist, said Durst had fled from Texas to New Orleans, where he rented an apartment under the alias Diana Wynn and presented himself as a woman. After he was caught and his apartment was searched, authorities found a wig used for his alias and a money clip that had belonged to Berman.
I guess that’s why, we’re known for our drag queens. A weird detail in a bizarre story. I hope the charges stick this time.