‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Which Serial Killers Will Appear?

Mindhunter Season 2 should arrive on Netflix in August, nearly two years after the series premiered on Netflix. While the streaming service hasn’t officially confirmed an August release date, executive producer Charlize Theron lets the news slip during a recent interview with Howard Stern.

The show about a pair of FBI agents who interview serial killers in an attempt to discover what makes them tick — and thus prevent future crimes — was a big hit when it debuted in 2017. In the first season, agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) sit down with real-life killers Ed Kemper, Jerry Brudos, Richard Speck, and Montie Rissell. Now, fans are wondering which new killers and new cases will capture Ford and Tench’s attention in Season 2.

Season 2 will cover the Atlanta Child Murders

Netflix has been tight-lipped about what will happen in the next season of Mindhunter. But in an interview with Billboard, producer David Fincher mentioned the show would look at the Atlanta Child Murders.

The Atlanta Child Murders were a series of killings that happened between 1979 and 1981. At least 29 children, teens, and young adults were murdered during that period, according to the FBI. The victims were all African-American. Wayne Williams was eventually convicted of two of the adult murders and linked to many of the deaths of the children. But not everyone is convinced that Williams committed all the crimes.

Son of Sam and Charles Manson might also be in Season 2

Charles Manson
Charles Manson in 1980 | Albert Foster/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Two other notorious criminals might also make an appearance in Season 2. In an interview with Vulture, John E. Douglas, the FBI agent on whom the Ford character is based, said that Son of Sam and Charles Manson would be in the next season of the show.

Son of Sam, or David Berkowitz, killed six people and wounded seven others in New York City from 1976 to 1977. Initially, Berkowitz said a demonic dog ordered him to commit the crimes. Later, he claimed to be a member of a satanic cult.

Charles Manson was a cult leader whose followers killed at least nine people in Southern California in 1969. Damon Herriman will reportedly play Manson on Mindhunter. The actor will play the same character in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

As of now, it’s not clear whether Cameron Britton will return as Kemper, the California serial killer who develops an uneasy relationship with Ford. Nor has it been confirmed that Sonny Valicenti will reprise his role as Dennis Rader — aka the BTK Killer — in Season 2.

Other serial killers who could appear in Mindhunter

Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy’s image on a television screen |Getty Images / Bettmann / Contributor

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of serial killers who could make an appearance in future seasons of Mindhunter. And Douglas, the criminal profiler whose book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, provides the basis for the series, interviewed some of the most infamous among them.

In addition to killers like Kemper and Speck, Douglas sat down with Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Bundy even provided insight that helped the FBI apprehend Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. Conversations with Gacy also helped the FBI learn more about the behavior of serial killers.

“Gacy had access to a telephone,” Douglas recalled in a 1999 interview with the Chicago Tribune. “He was calling me at Quantico (in Virginia). We used him as a training tool to basically show how a guy like Gacy was almost like a chameleon. How he could blend into society.”

During his time at the FBI, Douglas was also involved in investigating the Trailside Killer in Northern California and Robert Hansen, a baker in Alaska who murdered more than a dozen women in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Perhaps those killers will also become characters on upcoming seasons of the show.

Read more: The Most Terrifying American Serial Killers of All Time (Including 3 Who Never Got Caught

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