A shocking and poignant documentary that focuses on the criminal exploits and trials of Robert Frost. The show's creators take us on a trip down memory lane, focusing initially on the early life of Durst. This eventually leads us to the first of 3 people that Durst has murdered (SPOILER: he admits it at the end). The show uses many different interviews with Durst, the victims' friends/family, jurors as well as law enforcement and departments of justice. Due to his high profile nature, press clippings and news reports are also used to round out the story.
The interviewers do a fine job of digging through the myriad of paperwork and people connected with the events, even though most of these events occurred decades ago. Altogether, it's an interesting ride that paints a striking picture and ultimately gets a confession. It's absolute pure luck on how they walked into that confession,
-Bob has to right a letter to Susan that she keeps in her personal belongings,
-the victim's son happened to find an extra box of said personal belongings, and within that box finds the letter from Bob to Susan and calls the filmmakers regarding it,
-Bob has to send the Beverley (sic) Hills police the cadaver letter,
-the filmmakers' investigative efforts got them the cadaver letter written to the Beverley Hills Police that contains Susan's address written the same as in the first letter,
-Bob has to agree to a set of interviews, that only the cockiest killer alive would agree to
-they end the last interview at the perfect time, with the last item discussed being the uncanny similarity between the 2 letters (which in effect proves he murdered Susan),
-they forget to remove Bob's microphone,
-Bob speaks to himself,
-Bob acknowledges that he's fucked and admits to killing them ALL.
You couldn't make this stuff up! And thank god for Jarecki and the filmmakers for doing what the police didn't do. Even without the admission of guilt, this is a fascinating story with murders and situations straight out of a bad Hollywood script. The admission at the end is just the icing on the top. And it's the sweetest icing ever because it directly led to Bob being imprisoned for Susan's murder. And the best part of the documentary: how they leave the screen black with a subtle haunting score right after the admission. I've never been so scared watching a black screen. Great ending fr a perfect documentary.