Jinx Director: How We Found Damning Comment

But is the material even usable in court?
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2015 11:40 AM CDT
Jinx Director: How We Found Damning Comment
In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, director Andrew Jarecki attends the HBO documentary series premiere of "The Jinx."   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

This weekend saw Robert Durst's arrest and the conclusion of HBO series The Jinx, in which he appears to confess to multiple murders. Just how was it that filmmakers managed to catch the disturbing evidence? Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki today told morning shows about the process: With lots of audio to sort through, the crew hired additional editors, he said on Good Morning America. Checking the material, "one of the editors came back and said, 'I think I found something,'" Jarecki said. The clip, recorded while Durst was in a bathroom with his mic on, left Jarecki and his colleagues stunned. At the time, they were getting ready to finish up the project, he told CBS This Morning, as Variety reports.

"It was so chilling to hear it," he told GMA. "It makes you very uncomfortable." He said the audio was recorded three years ago; the timing is a topic of some puzzlement. While the New York Times earlier reported that the audio wasn't found until two years after the interview, Jarecki told CBS This Morning it was a matter of months, Variety reports, and he said police have had access to the recording for "many months." Gawker raised questions about whether there was some kind of deal between the filmmakers and law enforcement, but on GMA, Jarecki said there wasn't. "We don’t have that kind of power," he notes. "We had no idea of the arrest timing." Either way, the material in the show may not even be admissible in court, experts tell the Times. Durst spoke, they note, during a moment when he "had an expectation of privacy." (Read more Robert Durst stories.)

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