Just this week, a new crime docu-series, Evil Genius was released to international critical acclaim. While many fans are calling it ‘the new Making a Murderer’, I feel that comparison – other than the reception it’s received – isn’t quite on par as the case depicted and the people involved are so incredibly bizarre, ludicrous and complex.
Without giving too much away, the show takes an in-depth look into the events that took place back in 2003 when a man from Erie, Pennsylvania named Brian Wells walked into a bank with a homemade bomb strapped to his body by a large metal collar around his neck. He shows the teller a note requesting $ 25 000, after being caught by police while fleeing the scene, Wells tells the cops that he has been forced into participating in the crime – authorities then discover an array of unbelievable notes, instructions, and a sinister scavenger hunt set out for Brian.
The search for the true culprits ensue, leading police to one very mentally ill, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong who some are arguing should not be glorified as any type of ‘genius’. The show is truly gripping and moving in the worst way – it will leave you heartbroken, frustrated and dumbfounded. Check out the macabre trailer below.