Did you ever wonder what makes a serial killer tick? Agent Holden does. In Netflix”s Mindhunter, producer David Fincher takes us into the world of serial killers and the guys that hunt them – and boy is it a brilliant and complex ride.
The series is based on true events and the book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by famed FBI criminal profiler John E. Douglas in collaboration with author Mark Olshaker.
The story itself revolves around Douglas’ extraordinary life, played out as FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and his partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) who founded and developed the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. The unit is the first of its kind when it comes to criminal psychology and criminal profiling, and strives to get in the mind of serial killers in hopes to prevent future murders. In other words? When it comes to breaking into the brain of a murderous maniac, John Douglas is the man. Plain and simple.
Let’s take a look.
Why do they kill? How did they become murderers? Is it about power? Sex? Along with supervisor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), these are all areas the duo explore while pioneering the field of criminal profiling from their basement, smoke-filled office at the FBI Acadamy in Quantico, VA.
Season one is set between 1977–80 in the early days of criminal profiling, a time when smoking on airplanes was the norm and nobody knew where their kids were until they came home for dinner after riding their bikes all over town all day. A time before the term “serial killer” was a household name. And it grows from there. In fact, Fincher plans to create five seasons of the show.
Throughout the series you’ll be continually reminded of familiar characters that you already know, such as Agent Starling from Silence of the Lambs and Will Graham in Red Dragon. In fact, you’ll witness the coining of the term “serial killer” as we now know it. Before that, the term “sequence killer” was used.
Agent Ford’s well executed character takes us many places, one being to prison where he and Tench personally interview the likes of well known murderers such as David Berkowitz, Charles Manson, BTK, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Speck and more. Mindhunter also delves into their personal lives and the toll their job takes on both the agents and their families.
This is highly recommended for any true crime junkie and an excellent watch if you’re looking for a crime drama.Follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter here.