LOS 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.
The series charts the reform of a legendary institution, the FBI, as it opened up to psychology, namely behavioural science and criminal profiling techniques, at a time when the USA was seeing serial killers emerge as a new phenomenon.
Way before Clarice Sterling, the FBI agent played by Jodie Foster, was sent after Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Bill and Holden met and interviewed several serial killers — sociopaths like Edmund Kemper (a real-life serial killer), in prison for killing and decapitating six women, including his own mother.
The two main characters — Bill Tench and Holden Ford — pioneering these new professional methods are based on two real FBI agents, John Douglas and Robert Kessler, who tracked and questioned the most famous serial killers of the last 25 years. John Douglas even wrote a book about his years with the FBI, called Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, now a reference in the genre.
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv star in the series produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron. Initially developed for HBO, Mindhunter brings David Fincher back to the world of serial killers, after exploring the theme in his movies Seven, Zodiac and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. — AFP-Relaxnews