The 2015 HBO documentary miniseries The Jinx gained widespread exposure when Durst was arrested on first-degree murder charges for the death of his friend, Susan Berman, the day before its finale aired. It was directed by Jarecki, and the episodes investigate the unsolved 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathie, the 2000 execution-style killing of writer Susan Berman, and the 2001 death and dismemberment of Durst’s neighbor, Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas.
It’s been years since the first part concluded and created media buzz, particularly upon airing its revelatory finale, which has been termed “one of the most jaw-dropping moments in television history.” Since then, many viewers have wondered if a second part is in the works or not. Right now, we can confirm that in 2023, the second season of this true-crime documentary has been planned by the network, and it is all set to launch in 2024.
We would like to emphasize that the exact release date of The Jinx: Part Two has not been disclosed yet.
The six-episode sequel will cover the next eight years of investigations against Durst, who was famously captured on tape saying, “Killed them all, of course.” Soon after, he was arrested in a New Orleans hotel lobby. Since then, the filmmakers continued their investigation by uncovering hidden material, Durst and his second wife Debrah Lee Charatan while he was in jail in Texas awaiting his murder trial for Morris Black, and interviews with people who had never before come forward, which is all going to be incorporated into the much-awaited second season of the series.
As stated above, the series will once again be presented by HBO Documentary Films because “The Jinx – Part Two” is a Hit the Ground Running Production. On the other hand, Andrew Jarecki directs and executive produces alongside Zac Stuart-Pontier and Kyle Martin with the same production team. Producers include Charlotte Kaufman and Sam Neave, while Richard Hankin and Susan Lazarus co-produce. Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez executive produce for HBO.
“In 2015 when The Jinx premiered, I think it’s fair to say it kicked off a docu-true crime series wave that is still going today,” said HBO and Max content chief Casey Bloys, speaking to reporters Thursday morning. We were introduced to a truly bizarre and dangerous person in Robert Durst. Andrew Jarecki is back and chronicling the aftermath of Robert Durst’s conviction… and the people who surrounded him.”
After being acquitted of murdering Black in 2003, Durst did not face significant further legal action until his participation in the 2015 documentary miniseries that led to his being charged with Berman’s murder. Durst was convicted of the murder in 2021 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was charged with McCormack’s disappearance shortly after his sentencing but died as a prisoner at San Joaquin General Hospital in January 2022 after contracting COVID in the fall of 2020, before a trial could begin.
About The Jinx: Part One
The official summary of the series as per HBO is as follows:
“Robert Durst, scion of NY’s billionaire real estate family has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years, but never convicted. Brilliant and reclusive, he has not spoken publicly – until now. Debuting in February on HBO, the ground-breaking six-part documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst tracks Durst’s strange history against the backdrop of unimaginable wealth and privilege.
Directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki and produced and shot by Marc Smerling (the Oscar nominees behind Capturing the Friedmans), it exposes long-buried information discovered during their seven-year investigation of a series of unsolved crimes, and was made with the cooperation of the man suspected of being at its centre.”
Take a look at the official trailer of The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst below: