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Journalist’s request denied for “Jinx” director, LAPD talks

Police say the documents are part of an ongoing Robert Durst probe

June 19, 2015 09:30AM

From left: Andrew Jarecki and Robert Durst

From left: Andrew Jarecki and Robert Durst

Robert Durst’s eerily timed arrest for the murder of Susan Berman, which corresponded with the finale of the HBO docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” caused some to question whether the Los Angeles Police Department and series director Andrew Jarecki were in cahoots.

But when news website Gawker tried to investigate further by requesting communications between Jarecki and the department, its request was denied.

The site’s staff filed a request under California’s Public Record Act. The response indicates that the department considers the communications to be part of an ongoing murder investigation.

“Your request seeks documents that are either investigatory records or properly part of an investigative file and are part of an on-going investigation; therefore, I am denying your request,” the response from the police department states.

In the meantime, Robert Durst is still being held as he awaits trial in New Orleans, where he was arrested for possession of a weapon and drug possession by a felon.

In March, The Real Deal asked criminal defense attorneys whether Durst could possibly go free in the wake of possibly incriminating revelations on “The Jinx.” [Gawker] — Tess Hofmann