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First Look: Netflix’s Docuseries Evil Genius

The mystery continues

From the minds behind Netflix‘s Wild Wild Country, Jay and Mark Duplass, comes a new docuseries about the pizza bomber heist called, Evil Genius.

Jay and Mark Duplass are coming off of the highly addictive 80’s cult docuseries, “Wild Wild Country,” and they aren’t slowing down. The duo is back, however, instead of covering a cult this time the story revolves around a pizza bomber heist. The Duplass brothers continue to chronicle obscure news stories ripe for docuseries material.

Fifteen years after the bizarre story first occurred “Evil Genius” looks at the twisted scavenger hunt that roped in unsuspecting participants and accused suspects alike. From the first-look preview below, “Evil Genius” blends archival footage, surveillance camera tape, and first-person interviews.

Brian Douglas Wells was allegedly behind the intricate plot involving a bank robbery, a scavenger hunt, and a homemade explosive device. Wells was killed when the explosive collar, which had been locked onto his neck as a part of the plot, detonated while he was in police custody. The bizarre tale of events was subject to much attention in the news.

In a July 2007 indictment, federal prosecutors alleged that Wells had been involved in the planning of the botched bank robbery. Two of his alleged conspirators, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Kenneth Barnes, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bank robbery, conspiracy, and weapons charges. In 2008, U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin sentenced Barnes to 45 years in federal prison. Two years later, Diehl-Armstrong was also found guilty and, in 2011, sentenced to life in prison. She died in 2017.

Evil Genius takes an in-depth look at one of the strangest cases in Erie, Pennsylvania’s history. Evil Genius was written and directed by Barbara Schroeder and co-directed by Trey Borzillieri. The docuseries unfolds over four episodes.

Here is the synopsis of Netflix’s Evil Genius:

2:28 PM. August 28, 2003. A man walks into a bank with a bomb locked around his neck. This is a true story.

The trailer begins by throwing its viewers in the thick of a tense 9-11 call. A woman frantically tells the operator she has been robbed. The officers apprehend the thief, and they hear a loud beeping noise coming from the perpetrator. A voice-over describes the situation involving a potential hostage sent into a bank with an explosive device strapped to his neck. Something like this had never occurred in the history of the FBI.

Erie, Pennsylvania has faced its share of bizarre cases. This case takes the cake. A man named Brian Wells is delivering pizzas like any other day. Wells reveals to the police he was forced to rob the bank. An intricate explosive device was placed on his head. The FBI believed that whoever built the collar was secretive and very patient. The man behind the plot instructed Wells to go on a scavenger hunt and acquire three keys spread throughout the town to unlock the explosive device. The pizza bomber story quickly spreads through the news outlets catching the nation’s attention.

Residents speculate who is behind the plot and begin questioning and accusing each other of being co-conspirators. Separating the truth from fiction became increasingly harder. Wells is labeled a hostage and a participator. A diabolical game put into motion by an evil genius.

Evil Genius hits the program queue May 11th, 2018.

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