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'Dateline' tackles Robert Durst case Thursday

Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal

Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans on March 17, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Gerald Herbert

In what appears to be a case of either exquisite timing -- or quick turnaround  -- "Dateline" Thursday will air a Dennis Murphy-reported hour on Robert Durst, who has been arrested and charged in the 2000 murder of his friend, Susan Berman.

It airs at 8 p.m. on WNBC/4. 

Durst, of course, was the subject of a just-concluded six-episode HBO series, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which wrapped with the subject's hot-mic bathroom confession, "killed them all, of course." Scion of a vastly wealthy New York real estate family, Durst has long been suspected in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie Durst.

It's unclear what "Dateline" turns up, but Murphy is a first-rate reporter, so there's no reason to indicate that this is a rush job crafted to exploit the fallout from HBO's sensational series. I'm also told "Dateline" and Murphy have been following this for years, but the show crashed this particular edition Sunday morning, after Durst's arrest.

Per the release: "NBC’s Dennis Murphy looks deeply into the baffling murder case of New York real estate heir Robert Durst and the evidence against him. Murphy chronicles the long journey to uncover the truth and speaks with key players involved in the case, including detectives, investigators and close friends of the victim."

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