4 Warnings for Those Trying to Make the Next Jinx or Serial

It's a new golden age for true crime, but the old-school pulp won't cut it

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This weekend, HBO won one of those queasy victories available only to true-crime documentarians and war-crime prosecutors at The Hague.

The subject of the network's multi-part documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, a wealthy guy who (at least as far as the show is concerned) pretty obviously murdered some people, was arrested shortly before the finale showed him confessing to multiple murders into a live microphone.

"What the hell did I do?" he mutters.

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