Jinx: Life and Deaths of Robert Durst–Docu’s Subject Arrested

Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday on a warrant issued in a homicide investigation issued by Los Angeles County.

The news was first reported by the NY Times.

Durst, who is currently the subject of an HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” has been a suspect in the unsolved death of a friend in L.A. 15 years ago.

Durst’s friend and confidante, journalist Susan Berman, was shot dead in her house in Benedict Canyon on Christmas Eve, 2000. Numerous questions have been raised about how much Durst knew about her death.

The fifth episode of the series, which concludes on March 15, revealed what looked to be a bombshell in the Berman case: A letter from Durst that appeared to mirror the writing style on an anonymous one sent to the Beverly Hills police–both misspelled the word “Beverley,” tipping them off to Berman’s death.

Questions have also been raised about his involvement in his first wife’s disappearance in 1982 and the shooting of a neighbor in Texas in 2001. After last week’s episode, it was reported that Los Angeles officials were reopening their investigation in regard to Durst’s possible role in Berman’s murder.

Andrew Jarecki, who helmed the documentary, declined to comment. But when promoting the show at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in January, he told reporters, “I will tell you that by the time you get to the end of this series, you are not going to be scratching your head. You are going to have a clear view of what you think happened.”

Durst surprisingly contacted Jarecki near the release of the movie “All Good Things,” a fictional account inspired by his story, making himself available for a series of interviews. However, the tease for the finale indicated that Durst became concerned when he realized the exchanges would be turning more adversarial.

Jeanine Pirro, the former prosecutor turned Fox News Channel host who’s featured prominently in “The Jinx,” lauded Jarecki and producer Marc Smerling in an interview with Bloomberg, saying, “Their tenacity and their determination and their wit and intelligence in moving this case forward is really unparalleled. And so as you look at what has been unearthed, there’s no question that the prosecution of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman is far more in play that it was six months ago.”