A series sure to make David Fincher and Zodiac fans very excited.
The series is based on Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas’ book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. You’re probably already familiar with Douglas even if you don’t recognize the name. He has inspired several well known characters…
- Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter books
- Will Graham in Hannibal the television show
- Jason Gideon and David Rossi in Criminal Minds are both based in part on him
Douglas joined the FBI in 1970, and worked as a hostage negotiator before joining the Behavioral Sciences Unit in 1977. He started interviewing violent offenders while traveling around the country training police departments – which looks like where we join him in the series. He spoke with David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, and Edmund Kemper (seen above portrayed by Cameron Britton) among others. The information gathered was used to create profiles, as well as interrogation and criminal trial strategies.