Many remember back in 2003, turning on their TV and seeing the bizarre story of the pizza delivery guy with a bomb around his neck. He warned police it was going to go off at any moment. He was not lying.
The incident, in Eerie, Pennsylvania is considered the most unusual crime in the history of the area. One of the FBI agents involved called it the weirdest case in the history of the agency. It embodies the idea of “fact being stranger than fiction.”
The truth behind an extraordinary criminal case, known as the “pizza bomber heist,” is brought to light in the four-part original documentary series from Netflix called Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, from executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass. These now very famous brothers were the force behind the very popular Netflix series, Wild Wild Country. Their involvement in Evil Genius only heightens the interest in the series.
In a statement, Netflix sets the stage for the series: “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, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was everthought.”
The series has “binge viewing” written all over it.
Check out the compelling trailer below: