Coming to Netflix on 16 August 2019, Mindhunter returns with its second season. The American crime thriller series created by Joe Penhall and executive produced by a team that includes David Fincher and Charlize Theron. The first season was based on the true crime book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former agent John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
While sourcing for research materials for the show, Fincher first read Robert Ressler’s complementary chronicle Whoever Fights Monsters before Theron passed him Douglas’ book that drove him deeper into the project.
The story revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford played by Jonathan Groff and Bill Tench played by Holy McCallany, and psychologist Wendy Carr played by Anna Torv. Together, they interview imprisoned serial killers to learn how they think so that this knowledge can be used to solve ongoing cases. This is what started the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit in 1977 Virginia.
This new second season will see time jump a few years as it covers the Atlanta child murders, a series of murders that took place between 1979 and 1981. At least 28 African-American children, adolescents and adults were killed. Most of them died from asphyxiation.
In the show, Wayne Williams would be currently imprisoned for the deaths of two Atlanta men in 1981. Agents Ford and Tench will also be seeking the help of iconic serial killers Charles Manson and Son of Sam.