Saturday, January 20, 2018
HE HUNTED MONSTERS
I hope you have had the good fortune to watch the Netflix series, MINDHUNTER. It is one of the best seasons of TV I have watched in a very long while. And, the good news is that it's been renewed for a second season.
Based on the book, "Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit" by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the show traces the work of the real-life Douglas (Holden Ford played by Jonathan Groff) and his partner, Robert K. Ressler (Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany), agents of the Bureau's Behavioral Sciences Unit who pioneered the work behind understanding the minds of so-called "sequence killers" (Douglas and Ressler are credited for coining the phrase, "serial killer") for the purpose of solving on-going, unsolved cases.
During breaks from their traveling training course around the country, the pair had the opportunity to interview many serial killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy, who were behind bars for their crimes. They spent hundreds of hours conducting the interviews and reviewing the tapes in order to gather pertinent information on what made these human monsters tick. And just to amp up the creep-factor a notch, much of the dialogue in the show between the agents and the criminals is taken from the these tape recordings.
REAL CRIMES covers this story in their 33rd issue.