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Monday 23 September 2019

Watch the real life serial killer interviews that inspired new Netflix series Mindhunter

Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper in Mindhunter, Netflix
Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper in Mindhunter, Netflix
Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper in Mindhunter, Netflix
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

New Netflix series Mindhunter has been garnering rave reviews from critics and anyone who has watched even the first two episodes will understand why.

It's based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E Douglas and charts the development criminal profiling in the US from the 1970s.

Produced by David Fincher (who also directs four episodes) it stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as the FBI agents who spearheaded the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit in an effort to mine the minds of serial killers in the hope of gleaning information which could help with future investigations.

The most fascinating aspect of the series, however, is the fact it features the stories of real life serial killers and kicks off with that of Edmund Kemper, a murderer and necrophiliac whose modus operandi was particularly horrifying.

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He's played to chilling effect by the actor Cameron Britton, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kemper, who is a striking 6' 9" tall.

IndieWire has highlighted some clips of the real life interviews with these serial killers on which Mindhunter is based.  Here are some of them:

Ed Kemper (The Co-ed Killer, played by Cameron Britton)

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Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper in Mindhunter, Netflix

He abducted and killed several women in the early 1970s and also killed his grandparents and his abusive mother.  The details of the latter murder are especially horrifying.  He has been locked up since 1973 when he was 25


Richard Speck (played by Jack Erdie)

He systematically tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on the night of July 13/14 1966.  He died of a heart attack after 25 years in prison.

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Jack Erdie as killer Richard Speck in Mindhunter


Dennis Rader/BTK Killer (ADT Serviceman in Mindhunter, played by Sonny Valacenti)

He murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1974 to 1991.  BTK stands for Bind, Torture, Kill which was his signature.  He sent letters to the police and local news outlets before his arrest.

Sonny Valacenti plays the BTK Killer who is called the ADT Serviceman in Mindhunter


Jerry Brudos (played by Happy Anderson)

He was a murderer and necrophiliac who killed four women in Oregan between 1968 and 1969.  He died in prison in 2006.

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Happy Anderson plays Jerry Brudos in Mindhunter, Netflix

The first series of Mindhunter is available on Netflix now.

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