Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, Netflix review – a bizarre, grim story that sticks in the mind

by Ezra Buckley on September 5, 2018


n the 28th August, 2003, Brian Wells, a 46-year-old pizza delivery driver, walked calmly into a branch of the PNC bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, carrying a shotgun disguised as a walking cane and with a bomb strapped round his neck. He passed a rambling note to the cashier explaining that the bomb would go off unless he was given $250,000.

The cashier handed over all the available money, only around $8,000, and Wells walked out of the bank as calmly as he had entered. Police found him nearby soon afterwards and handcuffed him. Footage from the time shows him sitting on the ground next to his car, explaining that he is a hostage and must keep following the instructions given to him by his assailants or he will be killed. With the bomb squad just moments away, the device went off, killing Wells instantly.

This is the opening to Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, a new four-part documentary on Netflix that follows the police as they try to piece together the extraordinary plot leading up to the explosion.

FULL ARTICLEhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/2018/05/11/evilgenius-true-story-americas-diabolical-bank-heist-netflix/

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