The Jinx Say He Killed Them All Analysis

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We are in a time of evolution when it comes to the accessibility of the news in the media. More times than not the appearance of a banner on our smart devices informs us of breaking headlines. This renders media and news consumers without such updates “behind-the-times” in a sense within an hour of a substantial story hitting the proverbial newsstands of the internet. The tantalizing entertainment quality of true-crime documentaries is tried and true: People have always been fascinated by the dark underpinnings of wildly complex crime stories. The phenomenon of viewers being lured in by unsavory details of an illicit, but factual story is far from avant-garde. In the last year, productions like the This American Life, true-crime podcast, Serial, and HBO’s…show more content…
The news focused in on Durst’s alleged confession: The New York Times headline on March 15, 2015 read “Robert Durst of HBO’s ‘The Jinx’ Says He ‘Killed Them All’. This was just one of countless headlines across the country that would have been hard to miss. The meat of evidence against Durst lies in the envelope discovery. His “confession” will likely prove inadmissible in a court for many reasons, but these end up erroneous because, at the end of the day, the jury will have easily already heard it – outside of the courtroom. There are two options for a viable juror here: One, a juror who has prior knowledge of any kind of headline concerning Durst’s confession and self-assesses that he/she can hear a trial and be completely unbiased, that is, not factor in his confession to any degree; or two, to find a juror (or twelve) who has no prior knowledge of Durst and his confession

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