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True-crime documentary 'The Jinx' may leave mystery intact

True-crime documentary 'The Jinx' may leave mystery intact

"The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which premieres Sunday on HBO, is a seductive six-part series about a murder, maybe two murders, maybe three.

It is not the first true-crime documentary to be presented at such length — there was Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's eight-hour "The Staircase" on Sundance in 2004 and, minus the pictures, the recent public-radio series and minor national obsession "Serial." But, notwithstanding the expense, it's surprising, really, how few the other examples there are, given how well the content fits the form.

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