THE JINX CONTINUES March 18, 2015 6:31 pm Robert Durst May Have Had a Mission Impossible–Style Plan to Flee the Country Robert Durst. Courtesy of HBO. Just when you thought it really couldn’t get weirder. by Julie Miller If there’s one thing we know with absolute certainty after watching the Robert Durst debacle unfold on HBO’s The Jinx, and in the days since his arrest and first-degree murder charge, it’s that Durst’s saga will somehow keep growing even more bizarre. Just today, authorities reveal that the New Orleans hotel room where Durst was arrested contained a latex mask, a fake I.D., and over $42,000 in cash. “What’s the problem with traveling with a latex mask, a fake I.D., and over $42,000 in cash?” you might ask. “I never leave home without those exact items.” The loot supports The Jinx director Andrew Jarecki’s claim that the 73-year-old eccentric had been planning to flee the country after seemingly confessing to multiple murders in the finale episode that aired this past Sunday. Making the hotel-room discovery even more suspicious is the fact that, per TMZ, the cash was “parceled out in various small envelopes . . . Authorities believe Durst wanted to use the envelopes to send money to the place where he was fleeing.” It seems as though Durst might not have exactly denied this theory. The report continues: “Cops even found a UPS tracking number in the hotel, which Durst told them was so he could ship a large sum of cash.” Back to this intriguing latex mask though—TMZ reports that the mask would have “covered his head and neck and served to completely alter the characteristics of his face.” We can’t help but imagine a Mission Impossible–style mask like the ones Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt has used to thwart all kinds of bad guys throughout the film franchise. And although those particular masks might seem like some kind of fictional movie creation, MythBusters proved that you can specially order handmade masks and look somewhat convincing in them from afar. Even creepier: at least one person has successfully boarded a flight while disguised in a realistic-looking mask—a younger Asian male who was able to dupe authorities into thinking he was an elderly man. Police have previously said that Durst was found in possession of a .38 caliber revolver and marijuana when they arrested him. An affidavit filed by Houston police reveals that authorities also found a trash bag full of court transcripts in his Houston home as well as copies of Without a Trace and A Deadly Secret, both books about Durst. In the last 24 hours, Durst was moved to a jail where he can be treated for mental illness after officials determined that the New York real estate heir may be suicidal. (Durst’s lawyer denies this, however, writing, “He is not suicidal,” in an e-mail to the Washington Post). As this strange narrative continues to unfold, other weird and downright disturbing anecdotes about Durst are surfacing again online. Among them: that he allegedly urinated on a CVS candy rack in Houston in 2014, and that he may have been responsible for the deaths of his own dogs. CinemaBlend uncovered the latter item, pointing to a New York Times interview Durst’s brother Douglas gave this past January. In it, Douglas shares an unsettling story about his brother’s pets. “Before the disappearance of my sister-in-law, Bob had a series of Alaskan Malamutes, which is like a husky,” Douglas Durst said. “He had seven of them, and they all died, mysteriously, of different things, within six months of his owning them. All of them named Igor. We don’t know how they died, and what happened to their bodies. “In retrospect, I now believe he was practicing killing and disposing his wife with those dogs.” What led him to that conclusion, Douglas said, was that Robert turned the word “Igor” into a verb and inflected it with a menace: “When he was in jail in Pennsylvania, he was recorded saying, ‘I want to Igor Douglas.’" Check back on VF.com for future updates about the Robert Durst saga.