Robert Durst, the subject of HBO’s The Jinx, was arrested Saturday for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman. On Sunday night, HBO aired The Jinx’s finale—which concluded with Durst saying he “killed them all” into a microphone he didn’t realize was on. But despite the timing, the LAPD says his arrest had nothing to do with the show.
“We based our actions based on the investigation and the evidence,” LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told the Los Angeles Times. “We didn’t base anything we did on the HBO series. The arrest was made as a result of the investigative efforts and at a time that we believe it was needed.”
The LAPD has been investigating Berman’s death since her body was discovered in 2000, and though Durst has long been considered a suspect, it wasn’t until the past year that “investigators have identified Robert Durst as the person responsible for Ms. Berman’s death,” a press release from the LAPD says.
The LAPD wouldn’t comment further on the matter, and Jinx director Andrew Jarecki and writer Marc Smerling are completely abstaining from speaking to the press: “Given that we are likely to be called as witnesses in any case law enforcement may decide to bring against Robert Durst,” Jarecki and Smerling said in a statement, “it is not appropriate for us to comment further on these pending matters.”