Is ‘Mindhunter’ A True Story? The Netflix Series Has A Very Real FBI Inspiration

After debuting talked-about true crime docuseries like Making A Murderer and The Keepers, Netflix is continuing its endeavors with Mindhunter. The 10-part drama, starring Jonathan Groff (Glee, Frozen) and Holt McCallany (Lights Out, Blue Bloods) will focus on two FBI agents in the 1970s who get their hands seriously dirty in order to understand the inner workings of notorious serial killers’ minds. It’s certainly a realistic plot, but is Netflix’s Mindhunter based on a true story?

Yes and no. While the characters — Holden Ford (Groff) and Bill Tench (McCallany) — are fictional in name, the general plot is based on a book co-written by real life former FBI operative, John Douglas. Douglas worked with the FBI for 25 years in its Investigative Support Unit, and has interviewed infamous serial killers like Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy, his website states, always with

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