Netflix’s original series Mindhunter was probably the best thing I’ve watched all year. David Fincher is one of the most talented directors working today, and the show was a fascinating look inside the minds of some truly deranged individuals. With season two on the way, and a total of five seasons mapped out, there are a lot of potential interviewees to come, including some of the more “popular” serial killers in history. We already know that the BTK Killer was being teased all throughout season one, but there were already a number of famous serial killers locked up in 1979.
We also know that the show’s source material is no light read. John Douglas, the book’s author and the real-life counterpart to Mindhunter’s Holden, had a 25-year career with the FBI, and interviewed countless subjects, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein. Additionally, the show could feature interviews with John Wayne Gacy (the Killer Clown who raped and murdered three dozen young boys), Herbert Mullin (who was active in the same area and time as Ed Kemper), David Berkowitz (New York’s “Summer of Sam” killer), and Charlie Davis (who John Douglas was able to pinpoint almost immediately using his unit’s established system, having never even met the guy).
All of these seem like no-brainers in terms of inclusion, but the show also has to grapple with a handful of active serial killers who were still out there, on the streets, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. One particularly interesting case involved David Carpenter, who killed at least ten people on a hiking trail in San Francisco between 1979 and 1981. According to a write-up in Vulture, “Douglas nailed Carpenter’s unique criminal profile so precisely that the local cops accused him of being psychic.” Holden has proven himself to be a (rather annoying) savant when it comes to identifying criminal personalities, so it’ll be interesting to see him develop and improve those skills in the seasons to come.
Mindhunter is streaming on Netflix right now.
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Posted by GEEK Magazine on Wednesday, November 8, 2017