Bad Vegan: Netflix's latest con-artist documentary might be the wildest one yet 1 year ago

Bad Vegan: Netflix's latest con-artist documentary might be the wildest one yet

This looks even crazier than The Tinder Swindler.

Netflix has been showering us with true crime documentaries lately - and hey, we're not complaining.


Just when we thought we couldn't get any more addicted to the genre, here comes Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.

The gripping series follows the case of Sarma Melngailis, a super successful vegan restaurant owner, known as the "vegan queen".

Sarma was the woman behind one of New York’s most popular restaurants, Pure Food and Wine, which was regularly visited by high-profile celebrities.

However, things started to go downhill when she met a mysterious man (Anthony Strangis aka Shane Fox) online, who convinced her that he would make her restaurant even more successful... and make her and her dog immortal. Yeah, we told you it was wild.


All of his promises came at a price, however. He told Sarma if she wanted her happy-ever-after, she would have to listen to his every demand.

Sarma quickly married Shane, and soon found herself as a fugitive on the run across America with him.


They were eventually tracked down at a motel in Tennessee and it was revealed they had stolen almost $2 million from the restaurant and its staff.

What gave them away? A Domino's pizza order.

As if all of the above wasn't weird enough, half way through the trailer we hear a producer ask one of Sarma's co-workers: "Do you know about the meat suit?”


And with a very worried expression, she responds: “What’s the meat suit? Oh, no. I'm going to need a minute."

We have no idea what that's in reference to, but let's just say we're already very invested.

The documentary's creator, Chris Smith, perviously worked as executive producer on Tiger King and directed Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party that Never Happened - two hugely successful Netflix shows.

Bad Vegan arrives on Netflix on 16 March.