Every real-life serial killer who's going to appear on 'Mindhunter' season two
It's fair to say that Mindhunter is a dream come true for any true crime fan.
Helmed by Gone Girl and Zodiac director David Fincher, Mindhunter adapts the memoirs of FBI forensic profiler, John Douglas, (on whom the character of Will Graham in the Hannibal series was based), who became legendary in the bureau for his work studying, investigating and interviewing serial killers, rapists, and psychopaths.
Check out the trailer for season two of Mindhunter in the video below:
Now season two is about to air on Netflix, and early reviews suggest that the second instalment is just as good at the first. But who are some of the killers featured in the show? Scroll down to find out for yourself.
1. Dennis Rader
Dennis Rader, aka BTK, was teased many times over the course of season one, culminating with a scene in which he burns his S&M paraphernalia on a bonfire. Rader, a sadistic killer and rapist who hailed from Witchita in Kansas, was found guilty of the murder of 10 women between 1975-1991, whom he would bind, torture, and kill.
Rader sent taunting letters to the police during his crimes, but after a long hiatus, he resumed communication with the police by sending them a floppy disc, which forensics examined and led to police apprehending him. It's likely that he won't be the focus of season 2, but will make more and more cameos throughout season two, since the trailer shows a woman (likely Rader's wife Paula Dietz) discovering someone in her home wearing a mask and cross-dressing.
2. Ed Kemper
Ed Kemper, the co-ed killer, stole the show in season one when played to affable-yet-chilling perfection by Cameron Brittan.
Kemper, who was repeatedly abused by his mother in his childhood, was first institutionalised after slaying his grandparents, and upon release went on to murder a number of young female students - usually decapitating them and performing necrophilic acts on the bodies. This culminated in the murder of his family friend, after which the 6"9 Kemper gave himself up.
It's likely that Kemper won't be the focus of season two, but his appearance in the trailer suggests that he will have some kind of role.
3. David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, has also appeared in the trailer for season two. Berkowitz believed that a talking dog had compelled him to shoot six people in New York City between 1976-1977, which provoked a wave of hysteria in the city.
Berkowitz also wrote disturbing letters to the police in which he displayed a grandiose sense of entitlement and morbid narcissism. He was arrested when found driving near to the crime scene of one of his murders, and pulled over by a suspicious cop. Berkowitz was given six life sentences in prison after he confessed to the homicides, and is still behind bars to this day.
4. Wayne Williams
Wayne Williams, aka the Atlanta Child Murderer, is said to be one of the focal characters of season two, and the FBI investigation of the killings is of great importance in John Douglas' original text.
Wayne Williams was found guilty in January 1982 of the murder of two adult men, but police and FBI profilers suspected him of being guilty of potentially killing 23 children in Atlanta between 1979-1981. However, many today still believe Williams to be an innocent victim of a miscarriage of justice, and believe that racial profiling led directly to his incarceration.
5. Charles Manson
The spectre of Charles Manson looms large over season one, but he is never encountered by Bill and Holden in the flesh.
However, Damon Herriman (also set to play the cult leader in the Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) has been spotted in the latest trailer. Manson and his so-called "family" murdered 10 people in California in the summer of 1969, which culminated in the killing of Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate and their unborn baby.
Manson was sentenced to life in prison in 1972, and remains incarcerated.
However, this isn't the only crime show that TV addicts have to look forward to. Apparently, the fifth season of Peaky Blinders is all set to debut on Sunday, August 25.