I am confident to say this is the most interesting, gripping and instructive TV show that I’ve ever watched.
Mindhunter is produced and 4 episodes are directed, by David Fincher and even if that is not enough to get me to watch it without questioning what it is about, that is not even the best part.
This series is based on the non-fictional book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker and is all about the two FBI agents pioneering the development of criminal profiling through interviews with infamous serial killers, and other violent offenders. And if that isn't enough it also has an amazingly groovy 70s soundtrack that will manage to get you to shake your booty in your chair even during some nerve wracking scenes.
The Netflix series follows FBI Special Agents Holden Ford (based extremely close to real life Douglas) and Bill Tench (Olshaker, the man who will be coining the term “serial killer”) that by pure chance, from 1977 started the ground-breaking task to study the minds of subjects that perpetrate violent crimes by interviewing them, to try to understand how someone ends up committing such heinous acts, with the ultimate goal of preventing them. And that is, for anyone interested in true crime, most intriguing.
Also part of team is psychologist Wendy Carr (that it is NOT played by the chick from The Leftovers even if they do look and sound so alike), and by the end of the season you might not be her biggest fan.
Of course, if like me you are already an avid reader of true crimes books and enjoy real life murder shows, one of the highlights of Mindhunter is the fact that they included, almost word for word, chats with real life killers such as Ed Kemper (10 victims), Monte Rissell (5 victims), Jerry Brudos (4 victims), Richard Speck (8 victims) and there also special small interludes on Dennis Reader’s (10 victims) life and crimes.
Reader doesn’t meet our protagonists in this first series, simply because BTK in the late 70s was just in the middle of his reign of terror in Sedgwick County and he eluded capture until 2004.
Since Mindhunter is getting love all around it's not surprising season 2 is being worked on as we speak, Fincher said the next chapter will be set between 1979 and 1981 and will include the Atlanta child murders, and even if that by itself is a damn complex case, I hope they will find time for Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy too since we know Douglas and Olshaker had met with them.