In 2018, eleven members of a family were found dead in India’s capital, most of them hanging from the ceiling of their home, blindfolded, gagged and with hands tied behind the back, with police unable to offer any concrete explanation about what happened.
The Burari mass hanging case instantly made headlines for its unusual nature and was covered by the mainstream media for weeks. After investigating, a police statement said some handwritten notes were found in the house “which point towards observance of some definite spiritual/mystical practices by the whole family”.
Now, the very same case is available for the audience to watch on Netflix. House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths was released at the streaming giant on Friday where the makers discussed in detail as to what propelled 11 members of the same family to give up their lives. The three-episode series includes statements from neighbours, police officials, journalists and other relatives. The home of those who died is above a grocery store the family-owned in the Burari district in a northern part of Delhi.
The dead included four men and seven women, including teenagers and a 77-year-old woman who was found on the floor. The others were hanging from a railing attached to the ceiling, media reports had said at the time. Police said the family included the woman, her two sons and their wives, a daughter and grandchildren. “I haven’t seen such a crime before,” said Vineet Kumar, additional deputy commissioner of police in north Delhi said in the Netflix series.
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