The wealth of true crime documentaries on Netflix has made it the most popular platform to explore some of the world’s wildest crime stories.
And the popularity of the true crime documentary isn’t about to stop in 2022, with the latest episode of Netflix’s “Bad Vegan: Fame, Fraud, and Runaways” set to kick off March in the most bizarre way.
Brought to you by the creators of Netflix’s biggest hits Tiger King: Murder, Mystery & Mayhem and Don’t Fuck Cats, the new four-part Netflix is considered one of the craziest true crime stories ever. however, and will focus on former vegan raw food restaurant owner and co-founder of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck Sarma Melngailis.
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What is Bad Vegan about?
The series tells the real and shocking story of the famous restaurateur Sarma Melngailis, also known as the queen of vegan cuisine.
The Netflix trailer details the initial success of Melngailis’ American raw vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, which at the time was the top raw vegan restaurant offering a “high-quality, gourmet vegan experience.”
The restaurant was well known for hosting major Hollywood celebrities such as Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, and in the trailer, a former employee said it was “a great environment to work in.”
However, the series focuses more on how her vegan empire collapsed when she met a man named Shane Fox online.
At the height of her fame, a mysterious man – real name Anthony Strangis – contrives to lure Mulngailis out of her own fortune by convincing her that he has the key to making her dream come true.
The trailer even shows him promising Mulngailis that he will make her and her beloved pit bull immortal if she passes a series of tests. Yes, this series is really getting weird.
The four-part documentary series documents the months and years that followed as the restaurateur was forced to bow to her partner’s demands.
In the trailer, you even hear Strangis say to Melngailis, “If I tell you to take all the money out of your bank and set it on fire, you will.”
When will Bad Vegan be released on Netflix UK?
Bad Vegan: Fame, Fraud and Runaways premieres on Netflix UK on March 16 and will be available to watch from 8:01 am BST.
To watch it, you’ll need a Netflix subscription, which you can purchase here on a monthly basis. Prices range from £5.99 to £13.99 per month.
Where is Sarma Melngailis now?
She now reportedly lives in Harlem with Leon, her rescuer, who was adopted from an animal rescue center in New York. However, the 49-year-old is said to be planning to leave the Big Apple to work on her memoir. “It’s easier to live in peace outside the city,” she recently told the New York Post.
She also told the newspaper that she plans to revive her restaurant business at some point, stating that if she had a “magic opportunity” to open a restaurant of a similar nature, she “would do it in the blink of an eye.”