A mysterious case of an unidentified body led multiple people on a journey of discovery that even law enforcement couldn't have imagined. Every day people, with absolutely no training, broke a case that had been iron clad for years! Those people have now joined with Max for a documentary about their discovery and how it forever changed the way they think.
“They Called Him Mostly Harmless" is a gripping mystery surrounding the identity of a John Doe found dead in the swamplands of Florida and the legion of dedicated true crime fans who make it their mission to solve the case. But the interpersonal drama that erupts amongst these armchair detectives becomes just as compelling as the mystery itself as both take dark, unexpected turns.” commented Jason Sarlanis, President, TNT, TBS, TruTV, ID, and HLN,
Check out the synopsis:
When an unidentified hiker is found deceased in the Florida wilderness, authorities release a sketch. Multiple hikers call in claiming to have met the man. There's only one problem – he never told them his name. It would take two years, thousands of devoted internet sleuths, and a miracle of science to identify him, and that's when the trouble really starts. A character-centric reimagining of a classic true crime genre, THEY CALLED HIM MOSTLY HARMLESS is about finding yourself when you’re looking for someone else.
After a buzzy sneak peek at the Florida Film Festival, the film had its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Other notable festival appearances include Miami GEMS and the documentary was also one of eight films selected for the inaugural Jackson Hole Film Festival.
“I was drawn to this story because of its potential to help us think more deeply about what it means to live in the digital age," says director Patricia E. Gillespie, "I hope we’ve made a film that manages to both honor the citizen detectives who worked tirelessly to identify Mostly Harmless, while encouraging audiences to get involved in the issue of unidentified persons.”
The Max Original documentary "They Called Him Mostly Harmless" from Investigation Discovery, directed and executive produced by Emmy® winner Patricia E. Gillespie (“The Fire That Took Her”) and produced by Anchor Entertainment, debuts Thursday February 8, 2024 on Max.