A bank robbery in Pennsylvania ends in the bombing death of a pizza deliveryman who may or may not have been a hostage forced to commit the crime. As conspirators come forward, deals are made and a jury renders its verdict - but years after the case seems solved, another witness appears. The revelation of a corpse in a freezer near the crime scene leads police to a highly intelligent woman with mental and personality disorders.
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Over four episodes of the crime docuseries that landed on Netflix over the weekend, co-directors Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder attempt to determine who is responsible for the death of Brian Wells, an Erie, Pennsylvania, pizza-delivery man who robbed a PNC Bank with a bomb collar strapped around his neck. He died a short time later, in front of police, when the explosive device detonated. The series spends most of its time exploring exactly who participated in setting him up to enter that bank, including and most notably Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, and what their motives were. While watching Evil Genius , I had no doubt that Diehl-Armstrong was an intimidating and ultimately dangerous woman capable of offing people with little sense of remorse. As the series reveals, she admitted she killed two former boyfriends, including one, James Roden, who threatened to tell police everything he knew about what happened to Wells. She deserved to be punished for the crimes she committed. But my hackles were raised, repeatedly, by the ways in which she was depicted and, often, marginalized: by friends and family, by law enforcement, and by a mental-health system that, according to one of her attorneys, spit her back out on four separate occasions after that lawyer had Diehl-Armstrong involuntarily committed. As a result, they sometimes fail to consider other people and factors that had an impact on what happened to Wells.
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Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist is a true crime documentary series about the murder of Brian Wells , a high-profile incident often referred to as the "collar bomb" or "pizza bomber" case. Trey Borzillieri got the idea to make a series about a high-profile crime after watching Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and became captivated with the murder of Brian Wells when evidence emerged that Wells may have been forced to commit the robbery with a bomb strapped to his neck. Borzillieri began interviewing people around Erie , Pennsylvania where the incident had occurred, and started corresponding with Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong in , two years after Wells's death, because she might have information about the cold case. The site's consensus reads, " Evil Genius makes up for a lack of conviction and nuance with an intriguing sense of discovery and plenty of entertaining insanity. The Daily Telegraph ' s Ed Cumming gave Evil Genius 4 stars out of 5, calling it "a bizarre, grim story that sticks in the mind". Other reviews of the show were less favorable. For example, Steve Greene of IndieWire wrote that " Evil Genius takes the idea of an interconnected web and decides to follow every thread at once, bouncing back and forth between storylines with a criminally short attention span. Documentaries like Wild Wild Country , Making a Murderer , and Serial ignited great debates about the cases themselves, the larger societal questions, or the failures of the justice system. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.