- Netflix's Mindhunter contains several characters and storylines from real life FBI cases.
- Holden Ford is based on FBI special agent John Douglas.
- Douglas has written the book, which is based on Mindhunter (also entitled ), and led the FBI's criminal profiling efforts.
With Mindhunter (19459006), who premiered his second season this weekend, the audience will finally see the fate of the show's leading serial killer profiler, Holden Ford. The last time we saw Ford, he lay on the ground hospital and suffered from a panic attack. The notorious serial killer Ed Kemper watched from the other side of the hall. The scene was the epitome of David Fincher, Mindhunter executive producer and occasional director. As shown in his film Zodiac, his crime drama combines sophisticated historical attention with its own dark (and sometimes comical) exaggeration.
Mindhunter itself, however, is more historical than fictitious. The series is based on the book of the same name and preserves a strong historical authenticity. Nevertheless, Fincher's world often goes beyond the real to direct our attention to non-historical details ̵
Mindhunter Ford has remained faithful to Douglas' criminal profiling history. his obstruction of the FBI investigation and his particular mental breakdown. All of these character details are exaggerated or made (Douglas's psychological stress, however, was very real, more on that below). That being said, Douglas's true story is no less exciting than his fictional one.
What role did John Douglas play in the FBI?