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Netflix's Wild Wild Country Trailer Will Satisfy Your Cult Quota for the Day

The documentary series tells the story of the Rajneeshees, an Oregon-based '80s cult

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Liam Mathews

The Paramount Network's Branch Davidian mini-series Waco comes to a close tonight, so it's time to start thinking about what's the next cult story to obsess over. Enter Netflix with Wild Wild Country, a documentary series about the curious case of Rajneeshpuram. Based on the trailer, we know how we'll be spending our St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Rajneeshpuram was a community of followers of controversial spiritual leader Rajneesh in rural Oregon that came in serious conflict with its neighbors in the town of Antelope in the early-to-mid '80s. The well-armed group conjured up uncomfortable specters of Jonestown, a comparison that reached its apotheosis when the Rajneeshees intentionally spread salmonella throughout restaurants in the Dalles, Oregon -- an event which is still the largest bioterror attack in U.S. history -- and plotted to assassinate Charles Turner, the U.S. Attorney tasked with investigating them.

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It's a weirdly under-remembered story, but Wild Wild Country is going to change that. Told through a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, it asks questions about the difference between a cult and a religion and who the American legal system is designed to serve.

Wild Wild Country premieres on Netflix Friday, March 16.