The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is a six-part HBO documentary about the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York City real estate dynasty. Durst was suspected by many of being responsible for the 1982 disappearance of Kathleen Durst, his first wife. He was later suspected of murdering his close friend Susan Berman in 2000 and was tried and found not guilt in the 2001 murder of his neighbor Morris Black. The documentary revisits these three cases and includes commentary from Durst along with friends and family members of the victims, investigators, and lawyers.

The reenactments and a few other aspects of the documentary were a bit tacky but I thought it was very engrossing overall. I highly recommend The Jinx if you’re interested in true crime, the justice system, or psychology.


Children Underground

Children Underground

Documentaries with topics that are discussed from a distant and non-emotional perspective are easy to assess from a logical standpoint. However, when a documentary zooms in on specific individuals, families, communities, etc it suddenly becomes a lot more personal. Depending on the filmmakers’ approach, the narrow focus could result in the experiences of those individuals being felt more acutely or there can be a feeling of unease as a result of knowing that the plight and suffering of another human being is being displayed for your entertainment. My feelings straddled the fence a between those two points while watching Children Underground.