Mindhunter: The Real Stories of 8 Serial Killers from Season 2 of the Series

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'Mindhunter': The Real Stories of 8 Serial Killers from Season 2 of the Series

Mindhunter: post almost two years of waiting, the second season of Mindhunter came to Netflix on Friday (August 16). The series, which has some episodes produced by director David Fincher (from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ), tells the story of the FBI team responsible for developing the serial killer concept.

In a mix of fiction and reality, two investigators and a psychologist interview murderers made famous in the 1970s and 1980s – just as the terms of this criminological area were being coined. In season one, Ed Kemper, Jerry Brudos and Richard Speck, for example, were some of the criminals represented.


Now, in addition to the killers that have appeared before, the story will feature other famous names that together were responsible for killing dozens of people. The  Galileo prepared a summary of their lives that to help you follow the series – and try to understand a little more about the mind of these criminals.

Wayne Williams

Between 1979 and 1981, nearly two dozen children, mostly black boys, were murdered in the Atlanta area of ​​the United States. At the time, authorities were able to relate Wayne Williams to two deaths, and later the 22-year-old became the prime suspect for the other crimes.

Although Williams’ barbarities are widely known today, the case at that time received little attention from the press and federal police – which was later connected to racist attitudes in society.


Dennis Rader, or “BTK”
What some fans of Mindhunter suspected is true: the mysterious figure that appeared throughout the first season is, in fact, Dennis Rader. The “BTK Strangler” was named after 1974-1991, when it killed at least ten women in the city of Wichita, Kansas.

The acronym is formed by the initials of the words “bind, torture, kill”, which in Portuguese mean “to tie, torture and kill”, respectively. This was Rader’s modus operandi, who attacked using a mask as a disguise and, in some cases, drew his victims tied to torture devices.

As portrayed in the series, searches for the BTK Strangler lasted decades until the case was filed in 2004. It was only a year after a team reviewing past cases managed to capture the serial killer.


David Berkowitz, “The Son of Sam”
David Berkowitz was arrested for killing six people and injuring seven others in New York City between 1975 and 1977. Unlike typical serial killers, who usually have a preferred victim profile, the killer killed men and women who did not have so many factors in common.

Nicknamed Caliber 44, the man sent letters to the mocking newspapers of the police, who took a long time to capture him. This only happened when Berkowitz was fined for stopping improperly near the home of one of his victims.

After his arrest, the man told authorities he had committed the crimes under the influence of Sam, his neighbor’s dog, that he had possessed him. After a while, Berkowitz stopped blaming the animal for its actions – but the nickname “Son of Sam” had already spread.


Charles Manson
Head of a sect that terrorized the United States in 1969, Charles Manson was arrested for the murder of seven people – even without killing anyone with his own hands. This is because the serial killer influenced several young people to act at his command, which resulted in the deaths of the victims, including actress Sharon Tate.

The killer’s magnetism was such that some members of his group of followers – nicknamed the “Manson Family” – saw him as a kind of messiah. This is one of the reasons why Manson’s figure is so striking and arouses such curiosity even today.

In Mindhunter, Manson is played by Damon Herriman, who brought the same character to life in Quentin Tarantino’s recently released movie Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood.

To learn more about Charles Manson and his “Family” click here.


Elmer Wayne Henley
Henley was tried and convicted of the death of six young people in 1974. He participated in the crimes along with another US serial killer, Dean Corll – who killed 28 people. Henley’s murders include Corll’s own in 1978.


William Henry Hance Hance is
believed to have murdered four women outside Georgia’s military bases in the late 1970s. The man also sent letters to police threatening to kill black prostitutes but was captured earlier. 
When arrested, Hance was convicted of three of the murders he was charged with – the criminal was not on trial for the fourth death. The serial killer died in the electric chair in 1994 while still pleading not guilty.


Paul Bateson Paul Bateson
it’s 15 minutes of fame came before his murder charges when he pouted working on director William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. In 1979, he was convicted of the death of journalist Addison Verrill. He left prison on parole in 2003.

At the time of his arrest, Manhattan police and prosecutors linked Bateson to the deaths of some of the city’s young gay men, but nothing has been proven. Years later, in 2012, Friedkin visited the criminal and, according to the director, Bateson reported facts that made him think of two possibilities: either the former actor actually killed the other victims or simply considered confessing them to try to get a sentence. lighter.

It is not known today whether the alleged serial killer is alive or where he lives.


William Pierce Jr.
Released from prison following fire and burglary charges in May 1970, Pierce began committing murders in the Atlanta area as well. At the end of that same year, the criminal raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl. This was the first of nine murders he committed in less than a year until he was arrested in 1971.


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