I wanted a good horror story to watch and I definitely got exactly what I was looking for. I still have chills even after watching it. That being said, I don’t suggest watching this right before you go to bed cause those images will be etched into your mind. I had to take a break and continue it the next afternoon for my own sanity.
Whoever directed that thang did a great job with the zoom in’s, and the creepy music. Even the throwback videos of the family celebrating together was weird to watch when you know what’s about to happen to them. Especially looking at Lalit’s (the “patriarch” of the family.) blank expressions.
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths is a Netflix docuseries that came out on October 8th, 2021. It’s a 3-part series and each episode is about 40 minutes long. A family of 11 die in a mass murder-suicide just THREE years ago (2018) in Delhi, India. This documentary examines the truth and theories surrounding the deaths of the family.
Before I got deep into the first episode, I already knew this family wasn’t murdered. At least not by an outsider. The first clue was the fact that it was 11 people deceased at once, in the same way, in the same room, and nobody on the outside or next door heard anything. There was no force of entry, and nothing was really out of place. There was no one captured on camera coming in or out of the building except for the family. They were even caught on camera buying the supplies that they were killed with like crates, wires, etc. Also, they seemed to have been a very beloved family in their community so this came as a big shock and outrage to everyone. Nearly starting riots on the streets.
I became super suspicious about Lalit when it was proved that his hands were the only ones that wasn’t fully bound like everyone else’s which proved that they helped to tie each other up, but when it got to the last person they would have had to tie themselves which is nearly impossible. The grandmother laying on the floor beside the bed threw me off a little bit as well but that mystery was soon solved as to why.
There were so many wild conspiracy theories as to what happened and why but it was soon declared an accidental death/murder. And given the real facts, I actually agree with that ruling but it was still truly a sad story. That family had a lot of secrets that cost them their lives. But had Lalit gotten the psychiatric and medical attention he needed, or if one of them had confided in just one friend or one family member about what was going on, they all would still be alive today. I feel like certain cultures and families are so concerned with their image, their status, that they want to keep everything IN the family. They don’t want to look crazy for going to therapy, and I hate that stigma so much.
This mass murder-suicide happened as a result of unresolved trauma, mental health issues- PTSD, depression, and schizophrenia, power/the need to control, brainwashing, and a warped view on religion and the spiritual realm. I still don’t know what the outcome of performing this ritual was supposed to be. What really blew my mind was Lalit thinking that God or “Daddy” was going to come save them and that they were all going to help untie each other at the end of this ritual. And it’s even more mind blowing that he convinced 10 others to follow and believe everything that he said. They honestly thought that they weren’t going to die from hanging themselves and my heart breaks for them. It was even more heartbreaking that there were young kids/young adults amongst the dead that had a whole life ahead of them. And lastly, I believe Lalit didn’t really lose his voice. I truly believe he decided to stop talking on his own (if you know, you know).
So, if you happen to check out this documentary, let me know what your thoughts are. This was the wildest crime documentary I’ve seen in a long time, probably ever.