Going into Chapter Four: "The State of Texas vs. Robert Durst," Screencrush encouraged Serial fans to catch up with The Jinx, advocating that it offers "all the same pleasures." Furthermore, writer Matt Singer noted, while many of the investigators involved in the Adnan Syed case declined Sarah Koening's invitation to participate in the podcast, The Jinx director Andrew Jarecki not only gets in touch with the different lawyers and detectives involved in the Durst crimes,
The story also has a fan in crime writer Megan Abbott, who tweeted:
The LA Times spent some time with Jarecki who shared an anecdote about the hesitation Durst's lawyer had about his client's participation in the series: The lawyer says,
Elsewhere, viewers are debating what to make of Sunday's episode, in particularly, the defense strategy Durst's lawyers used during the Morris Black trial. Vulture zeroed in on how the well-compensated attorneys were able to humanize Durst and deflect blame by accusing Westchester County district attorney Jeanine Pirro of pursuing a personal agenda:
That kind of strategizing had Redditors weighing its merits:
JF425: I'm not trying to be a moralist a-hole, but if you're those defense attorneys how in the world do you sleep at night? I know the answer is "on a pile of money" but frankly, that just makes it worse.
Dr-JanItor: … if they don't give him the best defense they possibly can, the defendant can use this to win an appeal, and be released or get a new trial.