Would You Rat Out Your Own Family?

Here's to you, Durst family. 
Here’s to you, Durst family.

Did you watch “The Jinx” on HBO? Josh and I did, and boy oh boy, was it ever riveting!

The gist: Bob Durst, a gazillionaire real estate scion, allegedly killed his wife, best friend and neighbor over the past 30 years. Of course, because he swims in money a la Scrooge McDuck, he’s hired top notch lawyers to get him off the hook… even when he admitted to killing a guy in self-defense, then cut up his body and dumped it in Galveston Bay.

Because that’s how a self-defense situation normally plays out.

Anyhow, at one point in the documentary, filmmakers alluded to the fact that Durst’s father and brother *might* have had some information that would’ve shown Robert had indeed murdered his wife, Kathie, in 1982.

So with that in mind, here’s this week’s ridiculous question.

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“You receive a phone call from your local police department stating your brother’s spouse is missing. The police have reason to suspect foul play, and naturally, your brother is their prime suspect.

You love your brother and have a soft spot for him. He’s always been the black sheep of the family, while you were always the family favorite. You know you were given more opportunities than your brother, and secretly carry a tremendous amount of guilt.

In some ways, you can’t imagine your brother could actually commit murder, especially somebody as sweet and thoughtful as your sister-in-law. That said, just before his wife went missing, he said some very bizarre things to you, in confidence, on the phone. Stuff that, now in retrospect, might be crucial information for the investigation.

Do you share what your brother told you with the police, knowing it could put him behind bars forever? Would it make any difference if the person you brother is suspected of killing was a real jerk instead of your kind sister-in-law? ”

If you don’t have a brother, envision a sister or very close childhood friend. Go!

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Remember, these are insane, hypothetical questions intended to basically break your brain (in a good way! Kinda.). Please share you answer in the comments. PS Here are previous Ridiculous Qs. Have your own ridiculous question? Email it to heyeleanorproject@gmail.com.

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Comments (6)

  • Chelsea 6 years ago Reply

    Wow. This definitely is a ridiculous question! I have to admit that I think my response would depend on how gruesome the murder was AND what exactly my sibling had told me. For example, if their behavior was just "bizarre", I don’t think I would mention it because it’s just a suspicion with no evidence. But if my sibling said something that directly linked them to the crime ("I need to figure out how to hide a body"), well…I think I probably would say something.

    Maybe I took that question too seriously. Ha!

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    No way, it’s supposed to be a hard question to answer! I thought about my own brother and sister-in-law, and if this scenario played out as such, I’d rat out my brother in a second. If I suspected he killed a terrible person, I might not offer up much info right away. Is that bad?

  • Jennifer S. 6 years ago Reply

    Let ’em fry is what I say. You cannot commit murder and expect to get away with it OR for people to lie for you. PERIOD.

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply


  • Morgan A. 6 years ago Reply

    Ah I just started watching this series last night! So creeped out already!


    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    Oh just wait. You will find yourself all tensed up, saying "No way. Nu-uh. What?! Are you kidding me?!" at least three times per episode.

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