Netflix delves into the infamous Pizza Bomber case
In the new true crime series 'Evil Genius'
Brian Wells, a 46-year-old pizza delivery man, entered a bank in Erie, PA with a bomb collar around his neck and a cane gun in his hand. In a handwritten note, Wells demanded a bank teller give him $250,000, but he only managed to get $8,702 before driving away. He was later caught by highway state troopers. After being handcuffed, the bombs around his neck detonated before he could be disarmed, and Wells was killed. 'Evil Genius' shares real footage of the entire event.
"I started tracking the case the day it happened," Trey Borzillieri, one of the codirectors for the series, told Bustle. "It was August of 2003 when Brian Wells robbed the PNC bank, and soon after information began to trickle out that there was information at the scene which indicated that Wells was put up to do the robbery, that he was forced," Borzillieri explained. "And soon after that the authorities had found a frozen body right next to the dirt road where Brian Wells made his final pizza delivery. And at that time the FBI was saying that they were not connected, and that was just shocking to me. And from that moment I went to Erie and started doing interviews and making this documentary."
'Evil Genius' follows this case through twists, turns, triumphs, and losses. This story reveals how the crime happened through rare, onsite footage, and interviews—often contrasting with how it was perceived at the time.
The four-part docuseries is available for streaming on Netflix now. You can watch the trailer on YouTube here.
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