Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO’s “The Jinx,” Arrested In New Orleans

Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who is the subject of HBO’s six-part docuseries “The Jinx,” was arrested today in New Orleans on a warrant in a homicide investigation in Los Angeles. While little is known about the investigation, many suspect its related to the execution-style murder of Durst’s friend Susan Berman in 2000, which many believe Durst committed.

On last week’s episode of “The Jinx,” filmmaker Andrew Jareski revealed for the first time that he and his team had uncovered a handwriting sample of Durst’s that matches the handwriting on a letter delivered to the LAPD the day of Berman’s death alerting them to a “cadaver” at Berman’s home. Both the letter and the unearthed handwriting sample featured the same spelling of the word “Beverley” as in “Beverley Hills.”

In addition to being suspected of killing Berman, Durst is also suspected in the 1982 death of his first wife, Kathleen Durst, and was acquitted in the 2001 death of his friend and neighbor Morris Black in Galvaston, Texas. In the latter case, Durst copped to dismembering Black’s body, but successfully claimed that he killed him in self-defense.

Durst’s arrest coincides with the final episode of “The Jinx,” which airs tonight. Viewers of the show are no doubt anxious to learn at what point Jarecki and his crew shared their findings with authorities and what role the documentary has actually played in Durst’s latest arrest. [NY Times]