How Real is ‘Mindhunter’ on Netflix?

Fan were overjoyed to discover that Mindhunter was renewed for a second season. Even more exciting? It’ll be released sometime in 2019, though an official release date hasn’t been revealed just yet. Some sources speculate that it’ll follow the same pattern as Season 1, which was released on Netflix in October 2017. Filming for the new season wrapped in late 2018 and while an earlier release is possible, it’s too soon to tell.

Here’s what we know so far: the second season will only have eight episodes, so it’ll be shorter than the ten-episode first season. It will also depict different serial killers. With all this buzz about what’s in store for the sophomore season of Mindhunter, it’s making fans return to one simple question – is Mindhunter based on a true story?

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The characters on ‘Mindhunter’ are based on real people

Disturbingly enough, the serial killers featured on the show are real people who committed despicable crimes. But they aren’t the only ones with roots in reality. The FBI special agents from the Behavioral Science Unit are also based on real-life individuals. Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) are the masterminds who catch the bad guys.

The names of the detectives have been changed for the show. In real life, John E. Douglas co-authored the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, which the show is based on. His partner was Robert K. Ressler.

Who are the real Mindhunters?

Both men made enormous contributions to the BSU. Douglas, who is 72 now, is credited with being one of the first criminal profilers ever. He traveled the country interviewing the worst criminals in hopes of getting inside their heads. He spoke to infamous inmates including David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Charles Manson.

Ressler, who died in 2013 when he was 76, is the first person to use the descriptor “serial killer.”  He’s credited with helping to institute the VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) database to help catch criminals.

The characters on Mindhunter are heavily based on these two real-life people who provided the tools to help catch serial killers.

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What is the new season of ‘Mindhunter’ about?

While the release date is still a mystery, some details about Season 2 have leaked. Creator David Fincher confirmed that the new season will focus on the Atlanta child murders, which happened between 1979 and 1981. There will also be storylines including Charles Manson, Dennis Rader, David Berkowitz, Tex Watson, Elmer Wayne Hanley, William Pierce Jr., William Henry Henry, and Paul Bateson.

Why are people so obsessed with ‘Mindhunter’?

People are interested in shows about crime and serial killers in general, but Mindhunter is especially popular because it’s about real people. Plus, the show isn’t just focused on the criminals, but also looks at how investigators are able to catch the nation’s most heinous killers.

The heroes of the show spend every day thinking like killers just to catch them. That’s pretty amazing.