Has the new season opener of Law & Order: SVU taken inspiration from the Robert Durst story?

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One of the shows that really got people talking earlier this year was the HBO documentary series, The Jinx. The six-part series got the whole of America talking, and it was aired over here in the UK on Sky Atlantic. The story or impact may not have gained the kind of traction as it did in the US, but for true-crime fans that were those in the know it was a must-watch. Now it’s being used as inspiration for the series 17 premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Before we get to the Law & Order episode, let’s recap.

Robert Durst is a property heir and magnate, an member of the super-rich in the US and, according to Wikipeadia, The Jinx investigated “the unsolved 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife Kathie, the 2000 execution-style killing of writer Susan Berman, and the 2001 death and dismemberment of Durst’s neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas.” In the final episode, Durst was seen to go to toilet but, unaware the microphones were left on, was recorded saying to himself: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

So we had this super-rich, all-powerful man who more or less confessed on camera to the murders of his wife and two other murders. Speculation was rife that Durst did this deliberately, knowing full-well that the mic was on, or that  he made an off-hand remark that didn’t mean anything.

No matter, it was pretty sensational stuff and I series I need to watch pronto.

But back to Law & Order: SVU. Entertainment Weekly reports:

The above promo for the season 17 opener has all the hallmarks as seen in HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. A wealthy New Yorker suspected of multiple crimes, and, most importantly, a confession made by the killer when he thought no one was listening.

Worth looking out for? We’d say so. Here’s a trailer:

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