6. Wild Wild Country
In the 1980s, the first and only bioterrorism attack on American soil took place in Oregon. More than 700 people were infected with Salmonella and suffered from food poisoning. In the end, 45 people would be hospitalized, but, thankfully, no one died. It turns out that a cult tainted the food by spraying salad bars with the bacteria. Wild Wild Country covers that story.
It follows when, in 1981, a man named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh started a commune in the middle of nowhere in Oregon, following an assassination attempt. With his righthand woman Ma Anand Sheela, they planned to create a city known as Rajneeshpuram but ran into problems with the local government. Sheela decided to put forth their own people for the election to control the county.
Eventually, the plan was to get enough people sick so they would be unable to vote. It failed. There was a criminal investigation and arrests. Wild Wild Country follows this whole fascinatingly bizarre chapter in American true crime that was forgotten until the doc brought it back. Ma Anand Sheela, the mastermind behind the plot and true force of the Rajneeshee movement, is definitely a person that you won’t forget anytime soon. If ever.
Wild Wild Country is a six-part docuseries. Honestly, it’s probably the perfect companion after you finish Tiger King. The cast is varied, interesting, and memorable. The whole case is just bizarre to say the least.