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2. Real History Is Utterly Fascinating

The plot of Mindhunter’s first season is derived (very lovingly) from the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, a work of nonfiction from former FBI agent John Douglas (the inspiration for lead character Holden Ford) and Mark Olshaker. The extremely well-received book looks inside the opening years of the FBI’s efforts to understand the minds of psychopaths. The writing is so good, and the history so riveting that Mindhunter really didn’t need to do too much to make the leap to the small screen, just translate the truth faithfully.




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