Netflix’s American Conspiracy trailer is filled with real-life murder, mystery and spy-based scandals

You know you’re heading into dark waters when the YouTube trailer for a documentary is preceded by a content warning. That’s what you’ll see before you can watch the trailer for the new Netflix docurseries American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders, as it contains references to suicide and to self-harm. As does this story.

The documentary focuses on the death of journalist Danny Casolaro, a writer whose death appeared to be suicide – but his family and his colleagues believed, and continue to believe, otherwise. Casolaro had been investigating a conspiracy that he called “the Octopus”, and that conspiracy connected a string of unsolved murders, a secret organization with stolen government spy software and some of the biggest political scandals of the 20th Century.