House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths
‘House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths’ is a true crime series on Netflix that is definitely spine-chilling. It is a story about a family of 11, living in the Burari section of Delhi, India, who are all found dead in their home by concerned neighbors who went to check on them after their store was not opened at it’s usual time. While we do not get to see the actual crime scene, for which I am very thankful, we are shown enough to only imagine how horrifying it must have been for those who witnessed it themselves. The family, other than the grandmother, are all hanging from the ceiling with their hands tied and eyes and mouths covered. The grandmother was bound and gagged, tied up to a dresser drawer, also dead from strangulation. My initial thought upon learning of this and hearing the news reports replayed was that there was absolutely no way this could not have been a murder. But the real horror story of what took place is revealed as the series moves on. The show focuses not only on the deaths of course, but also gives insight into how none of the neighbors, family members or friends had any idea that something was wrong. There was not even any noise the night the deaths occurred. Everyone interviewed talks about how normal the family seemed to be and how friendly and kind they were. But as we all know, no one knows everything about a person/persons. It is truly a scary tale once you find out what really happened to this beautiful family.
This is a sad, horrific and very creepy story in the end. This series also taught/reminded me of a couple of things – one, we, as human beings, HAVE to watch out for signs that might indicate a person needs help. We are just beginning to really focus on this more and we cannot let up. The stigma associated with mental health has got to go! The other thing is that no matter the culture, while we might worship differently, entertain and live differently, act and wear clothes differently, we are all still fellow humans and we all care the same, laugh and love the same, and mourn the same. This is also something we must keep in mind.