Bravo to Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (Netflix). This compelling four-part docu-series is about a 2003 crime known as the ‘Pizza Bomber Heist’, in which Brian Wells, a pizza delivery guy, robbed a bank in Erie (it sounds made up but isn’t), Pennsylvania, with an explosive strapped around his neck. The stick-up ended tragically: shortly after Wells was arrested by the cops, the bomb went off, killing him instantly.
Directors Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder spent 15 years following the case, examining the fact-is-stranger-than-fiction circumstances surrounding the failed heist and the macabre backstory of its mastermind, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong (right), the onetime local beauty with a serious bipolar disorder who was once charged — and acquitted — of murdering a boyfriend.
As the series progresses, it also raises questions about Wells’ involvement in the robbery: Was he a hapless victim or, as authorities believed, a willing participant? The revelations are heartbreaking. This is a real-life Fargo.