Netflix’s Mindhunter is loosely based on the non-fiction book Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, former FBI agents who coined many of the terms we use to describe serious criminals today. Douglas and Olshaker invented criminal profiling, especially with serial killers, as part of a large trend. They analyzed the behaviors and private lives of American history’s worst offenders, from Jeffrey Dahmer to Ted Bundy.
If David Fincher’s Mindhunter feels a bit like Silence of the Lambs, that’s because Douglas was the real-life inspiration for fictional FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford, the protagonist in Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter novels. In fact, many of the characters in Mindhunter are based on real people, including the murderers that Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), the character based on Douglas, and his partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) interview and discuss. Below is a full explanation of who’s real, who’s imaginary, and how the local news described each string of killings.
Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, the lead stars of David Fincher’s new Netflix drama Mindhunter, say that the show highlights the need to understand the mindset of mass murderers.
Set in the 1970s, Groff and McCallany play Holden Ford and Bill Tench, two FBI agents who who try to get inside the minds of serial killers in the hope of preventing similar crimes being committed in future.
Given recent events, such as Las Vegas where Stephen Paddock shot and killed 59 people and injured hundreds more at the Route 91 country music festival, should we try to understand the motives of people who commit such atrocities?
Referring to Las Vegas, McCallany tells Metro.co.uk: ‘What motivated him to do that?
‘Mindhunter’ is not on Netflix starting October 13. — Picture courtesy of NetflixLOS ANGELES, Oct 14 — After House of Cards, David Fincher returns to Netflix with a new series. Available yesterday, October 13, Mindhunter looks at the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the FBI in the 1970s.
It’s 1977 and the term serial killer hasn’t even been invented yet. “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?” asks Bill Tench, one of the main characters in Mindhunter, played by actor Holt McCallony. With his colleague Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), this FBI agent decides to interview a series of serial killers already behind bars in an attempt to understand their mentality in order to help with future cases.
True crime seems to dominate so much of the media landscape lately that every time a new show with procedural elements premieres, it feels like it could be rooted in the truth. For example, Netflix’s new series Mindhunter follows two FBI agents as they delve into the minds of serial killers to figure out how they think. But is Mindhunter based on a true story? There may be fictional elements to the series, but inspiration did come directly from real life: specifically, a true crime book by John E. Douglas called Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.
Douglas’ book lent the show its premise and its title, as well as its main characters. Jonathan Groff’s Holden Ford is based on Douglas even though they don’t share the same name, and Bill Tench (played by Holt McCallany) is based on Douglas’
Television’s recent love affair with serial killers — The Following, Dexter, and sadly Wicked City, for example — was obsessed with the gory details and process of chopping up bodies, dissolving corpses and whatever it was Hannibal‘s demented murder artists were up to. The concepts of many of these shows went something like this: a charming, brooding man seduces victims, often women, and a pair of mismatched cops chase him around town, always one step behind.
House of Cards’ David Fincher brings Mindhunter, a beautiful and intellectual addition to the genre, to Netflix with a different approach to the depravity of these killers: let their own demented thinking be all the terror you need to double-lock your doors. Mindhunter is surprisingly lacking in violence and blood, at least in the two episodes screened in advance to critics, as it tells the story of the development of modern criminology in 1977
The curtains are twitching, the floorboards are creaking, the wind is howling…
Halloween is nearly upon us, Coventry. You know what that means, don’t you? Yep, aside from an abundance of sugary treats and snacks to feast upon come October 31, it’s also the time of year when you can enjoy the best film genre of all: horror.
Horror films are perplexing little beasts. No matter how much they make us jump, we can’t pull our eyes away from them. Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th… what’s not to love?
Come the witching hour, there’s no place you’d rather be than curled up indoors with some goodies and a pillow to hide behind.
With this in mind, Netflix and Amazon Prime have conjured up the ideal Halloween film marathon for you to enjoy. Are you brave enough?
Working on a show about serial killers, it’s only natural that you might get a bit paranoid.
While shooting Netflix’s Mindhunter in Pittsburgh, “I would go running by the river before the sun came up, and it would cross my mind, ‘Wow, someone could just pull over right now and kill me’,” says actor Jonathan Groff, wide-eyed. “It forced me to turn on my location settings on my phone,” and later, “call my brother and tell him that he needs security cameras on his house.”
In the slow-burning 1970s crime drama, Groff co-stars with Holt McCallany
A host of horror classics are coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video this Halloween.
As well as the films, you have the second series of hit Stranger Things and the debut of Amazon’s new programme, Lore, to look forward to.
But it is the movies that you’ll probably love the most with some legendary flicks and hidden gems.
Mindhunter (series), October 13
In the late 1970s two FBI agents delve into the psychology of serial killers and rapists.
The 10-part thriller series is directed by David Fincher, who is also responsible for Gone Girl, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network.
Mindhunter is based on a true crime book by John E. Douglas, of the same name. It follows the former FBI agent’s experiences with the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU) and the creation of the Criminal Profiling Programme.
Fringe actress Anna Torv stars alongside Jonathan Groff (best-known for voicing Kristoff
Jonathan Groff sang ‘Frozen,’ ‘Hamilton’ on set of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ USA Today
NEW YORK — Working on a show about serial killers, it’s only natural that you might get a bit paranoid.
While shooting Netflix’s Mindhunter in Pittsburgh, “I would go running by the river before the sun came up, and it would cross my mind, ‘Wow, someone could just pull over right now and kill me,’ ” says actor Jonathan Groff, wide-eyed. “It forced me to turn on my location settings on my phone,” and later, “call my brother and tell him that he needs security