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New Netflix Crime Drama ‘Evil Genius’ Looks Absolutely Incredible

New Netflix Crime Drama ‘Evil Genius’ Looks Absolutely Incredible

It follows one of the most bizarre stories to ever happen to a small town in Pennsylvania

Hopefully you don't have any plans this weekend and if you do cancel them quick smart because Netflix has just released what looks to be an incredible crime documentary in Evil Genius.

The year is 2003: a man by the name of Brian Wells walks in to the PNC bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, with a bomb attached to his neck.

Yeah, this is some Saw level shit that actually happened IRL.

When Wells approached the banker teller, he slid across a note that read: "There is only one way you can survive and that is to cooperate completely.

"This powerful, booby-trapped bomb can be removed only by following our instructions...ACT NOW, THINK LATER OR YOU WILL DIE!"

He was carrying a loaded shotgun that was disguised as a walking cane and demanded $250,000 and said he needed it in 15 minutes or the bomb would detonate. The bank said they couldn't get that sort of money that quickly and Wells left with just $8,702.


What followed was something that the FBI admits they had never dealt with before in the history of the bureau.

Evil Genius goes into the intricate details surrounding the case, including a profile of Wells, how he got the bomb collar and what happened next.

We don't want to spoil any of the juicy details, so we'll take you through what's mentioned in the trailer.

Wells, who was a pizza delivery man for nearly 30 years, was told to bring two pizzas to 8631 Peach Street. From there, he was led on a bizarre scavenger hunt where he had to complete a series of tasks, one of which was the robbery, in order to get four keys that would unlock the bomb collar.


I know, it sounds just like a movie. Did I mention this actually happened?

The police investigation tried to work out whether Wells was an unfortunate victim, caught up in some madman's sick game, or if he was a willing participant in the whole thing.

The Guardian's Lanre Bakare wrote: "Told using re-creation, interviews and footage from the time, there's a haunting and unsettling feel as the conspiracy starts to unravel, and the motivations that drove the people who carried out the heist - partially at least - become apparent. There's plenty here for the true-crime crowd and for devotees of the darkness lurking in suburbia."

Uh, sign me up please.

The documentary is available now on Netflix, so what are you waiting for?

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

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