Mindhunter is sure to be Netflix's next big binge-able crime show. The 1970s-set series focuses on FBI agents inside the Behavioral Science Unit, the first to use criminal psychological profiling to aid investigations. The members of the bureau's technical approach to interviewing and analyzing serial killers and repeat offenders was a new way of doing things at the time and while the show isn't a documentary, it does have a real-life basis. John E. Douglas was an initial developer of the criminal profiling practice and the series centers on the approach he helped innovate. But where is John E. Douglas now? Jonathan Groff plays a fictionalized version of him in the form of a character named Holden Ford. Douglas literally wrote the book on criminal psychology and his findings and contributions are legendary within the field.
Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Serial Crime Unit is John Douglas' true accounts of his on-the-job experience, co-written with author and filmmaker Mark Olshanker. While Netflix's Mindhunter is still a fictional drama, it does use some "verbatim" serial killer interview material for its script, according to producer and director David Fincher. Before you watch the show, get to know the real-life Mind Hunter himself.