No need for a spoiler alert, because I haven't yet watched Murder Mountain, a new true crime docu-series that promises to peel back the Redwood Curtain, revealing the violence and mayhem that lies at the heart of Humboldt County, California—a.k.a. "Weed Country."
If you're in search of a comprehensive review and breakdown of Murder Mountain, stay tuned for a follow-up story by Leafly's Will Hyde.
For the rest of us, all you need to know is that the six-part series begins with a tale of murder most foul that took place up in the mountains. And that when local police showed little interest in investigating yet another mysterious disappearance in California's leading locality for missing persons, a vigilante group took matters into their own hands.
Which, it turns out, was just one of a string of similarly disturbing cases to spring up in the remote wilderness around Alderpoint, California (population 186) over the last few decades.
Apparently, murder is nothing new on Murder Mountain.
But what a shame it would be if a grisly homicide becomes the first thing people think of when they think of Humboldt County. Especially right now, as Northern California's famed "Emerald Triangle" is struggling to redefine itself as a tourist-friendly "appellation of origin" for craft cannabis, even as tight new cultivation regulations are effectively pulling the rug out from under much of the local economy.
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