In 'The Jinx,' Durst reminds us of the narrative power of crime dramas

March 17, 2015 3:18 PM

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"Such is the irresistible nature of truth," wrote Thomas Paine in the "Rights of Man," "that all it asks, all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."

When Robert Durst, the creepy yet hypnotic subject of HBO's documentary "The Jinx," appeared to confess to the deadly crimes of which he had long been suspected, the 71-year-old New York real estate scion did not simply offer great TV.

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