Is Wendy From ‘Mindhunter’ A Real Person? Criminal Profiling Isn’t Just For Men

The new Netflix series Mindhunter tells a fictionalized account of the real life FBI agents Robert Ressler and John Douglas, who were pioneers in the area of criminal profiling, especially of serial killers (a term they coined). But these two weren’t the only ones who made profound contributions to the field of criminal behavioral analysis. The character of Wendy in Mindhunter is based on a real person: Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, per Screenrant, a pioneer in the field of forensic nursing.

Per her Boston College bio, Dr. Burgess began her career in the 1970s at Boston City Hospital, where she “co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs for rape victims.” Her research with Boston College sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom led to the coining and definition of Rape Trauma Syndrome, which explores the idea that most rape victims Read more at: