Deep in the wilderness of Northern Californiaâ€™s North Coast sits the Emerald Triangle, the world-famous location of the underground illegal marijuana industry. And amidst the legalization of marijuana in California, the area still has the reputation of a lawless, dangerous community of business and competition similar to the 1840â€™s Gold Rush.
This area of Humboldt County was highlighted in a popular docu-series on Netflix dubbed “Murder Mountain,” which explored the inner workings of the unique community through an investigation into the murder of Â 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez. The series was well received around the world and now the series director Josh Zeman wants a second season.
â€œI would want to come back and see how the farmers were doing,â€ said Zeman on the Humboldt Last Week podcast. â€œAre they faring any better than they were last year? I would also like to see how violent crime is doing. And how legalization has affected crime in the area.â€
Although the docuseries had mixed opinions from Humboldt locals, including claims of being”one-sided” and “highly sensationalized” from the Humboldt Sheriff, there’s no doubt it was a hit on Netflix and a new season could be in the cards.
â€œUltimately, I think the biggest point was bringing an overall awareness to a very complicated issue,â€ he said. â€œYou canâ€™t control everyoneâ€™s reactions, and people are going to take what they want to take from any portrayal. Unfortunately, I donâ€™t think our show translated into justice for Garret Rodriguez which is paramount.â€
Could we get a news season of Murder Mountain in the future? Let’s hope so. Here’s a trailer for the show:
Listen to the full interview from the Humboldt Last Week podcast here: