As a son of prominent New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst, Robert Durst was born into a life of privilege and endless opportunity. But it didn’t shelter him from tragedy.
When he was 7, Durst witnessed his mother’s death, leaving him permanently psychologically scarred — and eventually passed over when his father passed down the family business. In fact, for much of his life, Durst has been at the epicenter of a storm of bizarre events, including the still-unexplained disappearance of his wife Kathie in 1982, the killing of a close friend who believed Durst was responsible for Kathie’s fate, and the lurid murder and dismemberment of a neighbor, which Durst claimed was an act of self-defense.
Now the infamous eccentric breaks his silence about his strange life and killer reputation in this six-part documentary that is the result of a decade’s research and 100-plus interviews with journalists who covered the cases and with friends and family members of Durst and his alleged victims. Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki’s bond with his subject secured Durst’s full cooperation and afforded Jarecki unprecedented access to concealed documents, police files, key witnesses, never-before-seen footage and private prison recordings.
“Over the seven years in which we pursued the story through all its unexpected revelations, uncovering the truth became an obsession,” said Jarecki. “Now the audience can watch it unfold in front of them as it did for us.”
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst premieres Sunday, Feb. 8, at 8/7CT on HBO.