“Maybe there is a serial killer that is killing all these people or something, all these missing people.”
That theory — with little support — comes about ten minutes into the new Netflix docuseries, “Murder Mountain,” which examines the high rate of missing persons in Humboldt County, California. And while Humboldt has led California in such reports, many, including the county sheriff, say the way their region is depicted on the show is highly sensationalized.
In a lengthy Facebook post last week, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office attempted to combat the narrative, saying the producers relied on “unofficial and biased sources” to depict the county where people vanish and are never found.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, which was interviewed for the docuseries, the entire premise of the show changed after filming began.
“The original plot line of this series, as presented to the Sheriff’s Office upon consideration of our participation, was to examine the changes in the county as a result of marijuana legalization, highlight the challenges of law enforcement in rural jurisdictions, and present a historic comparison of the county’s ‘green rush’ and timber rushes,” wrote the Sheriff’s Department. “At some point during their time in Humboldt County, the producers of ‘Murder Mountain’ decided to change the scope of the series to focus on the ongoing homicide investigation of Garret Rodriguez.”
Watch “Murder Mountain” on Netflix.
Read the story at SFGate.
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