Warning: Evil Genius Spoiler Alert
The Netflix original documentary Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist could be renewed for a second series.
At the conclusion of Evil Genius many of its viewers were left unsatisfied. Obsessive bingers who were hoping to find a resolution surrounding the bizarre case of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and the bank heist that took the life of pizza deliveryman Brian Wells were left with more questions than answers.
Now the series’ directors, Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri, have revealed they want a second series. This time it would be a ‘deep dive’ focusing on the characters involved in the case.
The ending to the documentary left many viewers scratching their heads as to who were the real masterminds behind the PNC Bank Robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania carried out by Wells back in 2003.
Wells walked into the building of the bank with a shotgun disguised as a cane and a bomb strapped to his neck. His fate was sealed when the police surrounded him outside the building, cutting off any possible attempts for him to escape. The bomb detonated taking Wells’ life.
While it has always been unclear who was the real mastermind behind one of the most ambitious bank robberies in the United States it has always been believed Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong played a part in it. Currently serving life in prison for the crime, she has always attested to her innocence and many questions remained unanswered from the four-episode documentary.
Speaking to The Wrap Barbara Schroeder said:
We would love to do another deep dive into the characters in here, to reveal new information.
We could do a Good Genius, too.
The possibility for a follow-up series comes off the back of comments made by FBI agent Jerry Clark, one of the lead investigators in the 15-year-old case. Clark says he was very sceptical about Jessica Hoopsick’s final confession where she claims Wells was a victim of the conspirators; Diehl, Bill Rothstein, Floyd Stockton and Kenneth Barnes.
Speaking to TMZ, Clark said:
There is nothing in Jessica’s statement that appears to be accurate.
He’s also convinced Rothstein was the true ‘mastermind behind the plan’ based on how the ‘evidence leads’.
However, Borizilleri told The Wrap:
There’s misinformation and there’s disinformation within this case. You had four conspirators who got out ahead of it, because the case went cold for two years and they were infusing information about the case to their benefit, trying to avoid the death penalty.
In terms of Brian Wells — is his behaviour being described correctly? … Like many in the beginning, I felt he was a part of this, but because I got in early and stayed with it the length of time I did, my opinion was able to evolve.
With everything I read and everything I heard, I believe that he was completely innocent. But I didn’t see it with my own two eyes, so I can’t be positive.
Schroeder echoed Borizilleri’s uncertainty:
For me, being cynical by nature and by profession, I’m 99 percent sure he’s innocent.
But there’s always that doubt.
Hopefully, the second series gets the green light so we can get a better understanding of who was behind the bank heist which ended up costing someone’s life.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is available to watch now on Netflix.
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