Netflix Announces New True Crime Series ‘Evil Genius’ and New Episodes of ‘The Staircase’

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Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

The good people at Netflix have worked tirelessly to provide excellent content for fans of true crime. Now, the streaming service announces more to enjoy.

First is the four-part documentary series “Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.” The series comes from executive produces Mark and Jay Duplass. They describe the story thus:

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 ever thought.

The series is written and directed by Barbara Schroeder and co-directed by Trey Borzillieri. The Duplass Brothers have co-produced several projects including the series “Room 104” and another Netflix hit “Wild Wild Country.”

Netflix is also bringing new episodes of “The Staircase.” This ten episode season will be a companion to the original series, in which Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade examined the strange case of writer Michael Peterson whose wife died at the foot of their staircase under mysterious circumstances in 2001. The case led to a court battle that has lasted more than 15 years.

The new episodes showcase more of what de Lestrade uncovered when he was given access to the North Carolina home almost immediately upon Peterson’s arrest.

“The Staircase” will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival before its release this summer. “Evil Genius” will be available on May 11.

Netflix also released this quick look at some of their well-known true crime series, including “Making a Murderer,” “The Keepers,” and “Wild Wild Country.” It includes a peek at both “Evil Genius” and “The Staircase.”

What are some of your favorite Netflix true crime series? Comment below and share!

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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