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Mindhunter Review

by Kasey Zielinski
Posted on Feb 02, 2018

The Netflix series “Mindhunter” is one of the newest binge-worthy shows on the streaming service. If you are into mystery and murder, this is definitely for you. The 10 episode season takes you back to the 1970s with FBI agents that get up close and personal with some of the sickest serial killers in prisons across the U.S. Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) travel prison to prison interviewing notorious murderers and recording their responses and stories. Later, a psychology professor joins their team and the three of them work together to develop a system to categorize the killers’ behaviors and potentially predict any recurrent behaviors.


The story is based on the nonfiction book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career within the FBI Investigative Support Unit where he used a systematic psychological profiling to explore the minds of the country’s headlining serial killers became the foundational idea for the Netflix series. The chilling novel takes readers into the meetings with these criminals and some of their most chilling cases.

The Netflix series takes viewers inside the cells where FBI agents and serial killers meet over pizza and discuss how messy it can get when killing someone, or the frustrations of a victim that won’t seem to stop begging for their life. While there are many scenes with a lot of talk, the conversations will be sure to get you. Throw in some light humor, a blossoming love story and a pretty good soundtrack, and “Mindhunter” will leave you wondering where all the time went after realizing you’ve already finished season one.