Netflix’s Gripping New Crime Documentary Has People Hooked

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, for 99.9 per cent of us, Netflix will probably play a part in our weekends at some point.

Whether it’s chilling out after work on Friday looking for something fun to watch, or recovering on a Sunday night in bed with a crime documentary – I guarantee we’ll be watching.

However, there’s nothing worse than when you’re sat in front of the screen deciding what to watch, endlessly flicking through the mammoth amounts of shows we’ve promised ourselves we’ll definitely get round to viewing – feeling like you’re not in the mood for each one.

Well fear not, it looks as though there’s a new show which’ll tick all the boxes for your weekend viewing:

If you’re wondering what it’s all about, then welcome to Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.

I love anything to do with crime, and I won’t lie, I’ve been waiting for this one to drop for some time – it’s just been released on Netflix and people are seemingly already addicted to it!

The official synopsis for the four-episode series is as follows:

In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention, and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers play cat-and-mouse with the FBI.

Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.

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The executive producers on the project are Mark and Jay Duplass. Now if you’re thinking you know those names from somewhere, then you wouldn’t be wrong.

They’re the guys responsible for the recent Wild Wild Country – so if you’re a fan of that one, I’m sure you’ll love this!

To be honest, with a lot of viewers already giving it rave reviews, and the fact how good the trailer looks, it might just have the most gripping opening of any recent documentary series. Bold statement, I know!

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To give you a brief lowdown on the story, it all began on August 28, 2003, when a 46-year-old pizza delivery man, by the name of Brian Wells, walked into a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.

As he walks in, he’s carrying a shotgun and states someone has strapped a bomb to his body.

After asking for a sum of $250,000, despite getting considerably less than this, Mr Wells is happy with his bounty and leaves.

Unfortunately for Wells though, his getaway car is stopped by police officers, who were quick to arrive.

Yet the largest question remains unanswered –  who strapped the bomb to Wells’ chest?

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After police arrive, they discover notes in Wells’ car suggesting he was just a tiny part of a much bigger, elaborate criminal plan.

What makes this documentary so good, is not only is it a weird and bizarre incident, but it shows how the ‘pizza bomber’ dominated media outlets across the US.

However, if you’re still not convinced, check out the video below for some Netflix inspiration – guarantee you’ll find something:

Get watching and let us know what you think!

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Anne-Marie Bojan

Anne-Marie Bojan

A sports enthusiast with a BA (Hons) in Sports Journalism, who can be found predominantly at Villa Park. Having completed a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she then went on to work at Sky Sports, the BBC, and the Mirror. When not engrossed in sport, it's animals, guitars, and Liam Gallagher which take main focus.