Netflix is reliving America’s most diabolical bank heist with its latest original documentary.
Written and directed by Barbara Schroeder, Evil Genius is exec-produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, the filmmaking brothers who also brought us the jaw-dropping Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country. This new four-parter promises to be just as gripping, as it explores the truth behind an extraordinary criminal case, known as the “pizza bomber heist”.
In 2003, in Erie, Pennsylvania, a robbery went wrong and a terrifying public murder captured the nation’s attention, and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers played cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty — was arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than first suspected.
Evil Genius hits Netflix on Friday 11th May. Here’s the trailer:
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
Duplass brothers reunite with Netflix for Evil Genius documentary
19th April 2018
Mark and Jay Duplass as reuniting with Netflix for another documentary series, following the success of Wild Wild Country.
On the heels of that six-part pop-culture phenomenon, the streaming giant is doubling down on its non-fiction programming, with Evil Genius promising to tell the story of America’s most diabolical bank heist.
The four-part series will explore the truth behind an extraordinary criminal case, known as the “pizza bomber heist”. 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 — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.
It is written and directed by Barbara Schroeder, with Trey Borzillieri as co-director and executive producer, alongside Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist premieres on Netflix on Friday 11th May. It is one of two new true crime series ordered this week by Netflix, with brand new episodes following on from the 2004 classic The Staircase also set to premiere later this year, alongside its original episodes.
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