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The interview scenes are based upon the actual interviews with said serial killers, sometimes almost word for word.
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The characters Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) are based on real life FBI profilers John Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who pioneered the field of criminal profiling in the 1970s.
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Based on the true crime book "Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit", written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
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The show is based on the real-life experiences of John Douglas, a special agent who pioneered the practice of psychological profiling during his 25 years with the FBI.
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While listing off infamous killers they could interview, one of the detectives mentions the killer Herbert Mullin, who was murdering people at the time in Santa Cruz, as was Ed Kemper, one of the main characters in this series. The two of them reigned terror on Santa Cruz for years, police believed at the time that it was only one person committing all the murders. When police arrested Mullin, after he shot an old man in the middle of the street in front of multiple witnesses, the police thought they had caught the one and only killer. 3 months later Edmund Kemper came forward and confessed his murders.
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Kazu Hiro and his prosthetics makeup team spent six hours working on actors Oliver Cooper and Damon Herriman for their respective roles as David Berkowitz and Charles Manson, so that when they walked onto the set they were the very embodiment of their real-life characters. Hiro had earlier won the Oscar for his transformation of Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill in the biopic Darkest Hour (2017).
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Shot using a customized, one-of-a-kind version of the RED Epic Dragon built specifically for David Fincher, called the RED Xenomorph. Fincher directed Alien³ (1992), from which the camera's title gets its name.
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At the end of Season 1 Episode 6, Mindhunter: Episode #1.6 (2017), the show closes with The Boomtown Rats' song, "I Don't Like Mondays" which was written by Bob Geldof after the 1979 mass shooting by 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer at Grover Cleveland Elementary in San Diego, CA. The song's title is attributed to Spencer's quoted reason for the shooting: "I don't like Mondays."
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The prison scenes at Vacaville, CA, where Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) is interviewed were filmed at the former Pennsylvania State Prison at Greensburg, including the exterior. The scenes with Jerome Brudos (Happy Anderson) were filmed in the same facility, in a cage specially built in the gymnasium. At the time of the series release, Kemper (68), was still serving 8 life sentences at Vacaville's California Medical Facility where Charles Manson had also served time.
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A disorder matching the symptoms that Bill Tench's Son allegedly displays is called "selective mutism". Selective mutism is classified as an anxiety disorder that affects up to 0.8% of all people at some point in their lives, most commonly in school and/or social settings.
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In October 2017, Slate reported that Twitter is full of people who mistakenly believe that the actress playing Wendy Carr is Carrie Coon, when in fact Carr is played by Anna Torv. This happened so often that Coon started directly replying to and correcting followers on Twitter who complimented her on her Mindhunter performance, and she also changed her official Twitter bio to read, "That's not me on Mindhunter."
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Anna Torv's Dr. Wendy Carr is based on Ann Burgess, a certified psychiatric clinical nurse and specialist in assessing and treating trauma in rape victims. Latterly associated with FBI agents John Douglas and Robert K. Ressler in the Behavioral Science Unit devoted to the development of psychological profiling for serial killers.
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This will be the second Netflix series with David Fincher as a producer. Fincher is a producer for House of Cards (2013).
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The character Debbie Mitford, played by Hannah Gross, 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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David Fincher and Holt McCallany have previously worked together on Alien³ (1992) and Fight Club (1999).
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In a few scenes taking place outdoors at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA automatic weapons fire can be heard in the distance. Although this could be FBI agents training, Quantico is also an active USMC training facility.
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Holden Ford is 29. Bill Tench is 44. In reality, the actors Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are 34 and 56 respectively.
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The reel to reel tape recorder featured in the opening credits (and later in the series) is based on the Sony TC-510-2. It is not a real recorder, but rather a prop, custom-built to an extremely high standard of finish. The portable cassette recorder later used in season 1 is a Sony TC-D5. The cassette machine used in the Quantico basement office is a Nakamichi 550 portable cassette deck.
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Anna Torv returns to the FBI in Mindhunter, after portraying FBI agent Olivia Dunham in Fringe (2008).
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Holt McCallany (Bill Tench) previously guest starred in procedural drama Criminal Minds: Distress (2007) as the episode's killer/"unsub" suffering from a severe PTSD-related break from reality. Criminal Minds, though fictional in character and story, centers around the profile-building tactics of the real modern day BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of the FBI, the successor to the Behavioral Sciences Unit showcased in Mindhunter.
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In Australia, the two historic and most competitive motor company makes are Holden (a General Motors brand) and Ford. The lead character's name is Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff). In S2/E3 when Holden checks in at the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta, he has to clarify to the receptionist that his last name is Ford, adding, "It's a bad joke in Australia. Like here."
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Several scenes filmed in Coraopolis, PA, in particular on the 900 block of 7th Avenue.
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It was also filmed in the same town as Mothman (Kittanning PA).
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Being filmed in Ambridge PA. Also one of the towns featured in Friday Night Tykes Steel Country.
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The first teaser trailer was released on March 1st, 2017 and announced it wouldn't be released until October, 2017.
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In one of the final scenes of S1E10, Mindhunter: Episode #1.10 (2017), Ford (Jonathan Groff) meets with Kemper (Cameron Britton) in his hospital room. Kemper stands over Ford and says, "I could kill you now, pretty easily." In reality, a similar interaction took place between Kemper and real-life agent Robert K. Ressler, who inspired the character of Bill Tench (played by Holt McCallany). Ressler made arrangements to meet with Kemper for an in depth interview and the prison guards placed him alone with the killer in the cell normally reserved for inmates the night before their execution. At the end of the meeting Ressler pushed the button to summon the guard but none appeared. Kemper, noticing Ressler's nervousness, told him, "If I went ape-shit in here, you'd be in a lot of trouble, wouldn't you? I could screw your head off and place it on the table to greet the guard." Ressler, recognizing the precariousness of the situation he had allowed himself to get into by meeting Kemper all alone, fell back on the hostage negotiation techniques he helped design for the FBI and kept the psychopathic murderer talking until a guard finally arrived and removed Kemper from the cell. Kemper later claimed he was joking. Following this incident, Ressler changed the interview protocols so that no one would ever interview a subject alone in the future.
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For season 2 : There is an active serial killer being alluded to in the series. This is Dennis Rader, better known as The "BTK" Killer, who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, Kansas between 1974 and 1991.
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When Ed Kemper is telling the story of the night he murdered his mother, his words are nearly exactly the same as an interview filmed and used in the 1984 documentary "Murder: No Apparent Motive", a documentary exploring the still virgin field of criminal/forensic psychology.
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In one of the later episodes, Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) can be heard asking: "What's in the box"?... possibly a reference to David Fincher's film Se7en (1995) where Brad Pitt's character asks the same question in the famous scene. David Fincher also directed four episodes of the first season of this series.
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Halfway through Season 2 Episode 6, at the end of a scene between Holden and Chief Redding, we can spot Wayne Williams acting as a reporter in a media crowd.
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Michael Cervesis (Assistant Director Ted Gunn) plays a "signature killer" aka a serial kiler in the episode titled "Strip Strangler" of the tv show CSI. In Mindhunters his character is a major champion of the budding BAU and their goals to interview, hunt, and capture serial killers.
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Michael Filipowich, who plays the real life serial killer William Pierce Jr., also portrayed real life serial killer Dennis Rader in The Hunt for the BTK Killer (TV Movie). Dennis Radar is portrayed in Mindhunter by Sonny Valicenti .
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