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10 Things You Need To Know About Mindhunter

Netflix's hit series about two FBI agents expanding criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters has become a favourite amongst crime thriller lovers. Here are 10 things you need to know about the show.

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The Main Characters

The Main Characters

The characters of Holden Ford and Bill Tench are based on real life FBI profilers John E. Douglas and Robert Ressler. Both agents pioneered the use of criminal profiling in the 1970s.

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The Book

The Book

Based on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

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John E Douglas' Hollywood Connect

John E Douglas' Hollywood Connect

The complex leading man of Mindhunter, played perfectly by Jonathan Groff, is based on John E. Douglas. He reportedly served as the main inspiration for Jack Crawford in the novels Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, as well as Bryan Fuller’s take on Will Graham in the TV show Hannibal.

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David Fincher's second Netflix outing

David Fincher's second Netflix outing

This is the second Netflix series with David Fincher as a producer. Fincher is a producer for House of Cards

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Why every single shot is so engrossing

Why every single shot is so engrossing

Mindhunter is shot using a customized, one-of-a-kind version of the RED Epic Dragon built specifically for David Fincher's use, called the "RED Xenomorph".

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Did you notice?

Did you notice?

Every scene set in Quantico is started with the sound of machine gun fire, generally continuing throughout the scene.

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The Real Ed Kemper

The Real Ed Kemper

Mindhunter’s version of Ed Kemper, played by Cameron Britton, is very similar to what we know about the real-life serial killer: The show quoted directly from actual interviews conducted with Kemper in prison. Kemper killed his grandparents as a teenager, but was later released from a mental hospital at age 21. From May 1972 to April 1973, he went on to kidnap, murder, and defile eight more people before he finally turned himself over to the police. Kemper is still incarcerated at the California Medical Facility.

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Why HBO missed it's chance

Why HBO missed it's chance

Charlize Theron and David Fincher had introduced the project to HBO in 2009. Would it have been the same under HBO?

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Debbie Mitford's Car

Debbie Mitford's Car

The character Debbie Mitford drives a beige VW Beetle, the same type of car the famous serial killer, Ted Bundy, drove to commit the majority of his murders.

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The Sinister Mystery Killer

The Sinister Mystery Killer

It’s widely believed that the ADT serviceman moping around with a thick mustache before the show gets back to our main storyline is supposed to be Dennis Rader, aka the BTK Killer, who murdered 10 people between 1974 and 1991.