On May 11, Netflix quietly dropped another true-crime docuseries titled Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist. We clicked to the show on a slow night (all caught up on Westworld and Handmaid’s Tale…).
Here’s the scoop: The new show from the Duplass brothers, and directed by The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer’s Trey Borzillieri and TalhotBlond’s Barbara Schroeder, opens with the mystery of the Erie, Pennsylvania, bank heist by Brian Wells, who ultimately dies after robbing and fleeing the bank. From there, it’s a whole slew of murders that all lead back to one middle-aged woman, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, aka the “evil genius” in question.
With only four 45-minute episodes (it’s the quickest whodunnit in recent memory), Evil Genius is like Making a Murderer and The Keepers combined, with as much bang for your buck as you could hope for in a Netflix true-crime drama.
But, hey, don’t let us spoil it for you. (Watching with all the lights on is recommended.)