Netflix is debuting a new psychological thriller this weekend with Mindhunter, a 10-episode drama premiering on Friday the 13th (dun dun dun), based on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. So, is it based on a true story? Pretty much.

The three main characters on Mindhunter are based on real people, though they aren’t exact copies. The two FBI special agents from the bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit are Holden Ford and Bill Tench, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, respectively. Those two men are based on John E. Douglas (who co-authored the book on which Mindhunter is based) and Robert K. Ressler.

Douglas, now 72 years old, is one of the first criminal profilers in the United States. After serving in the Air Force, he went to work for the FBI in 1970 – first as a sniper in the SWAT team and later as a hostage negotiator. In 1977, he transferred to the Behavioral Sciences Unit (BSU) where he created the FBI’s Criminal Profiling Program. As part of his work, Douglas traveled the country interviewing serial killers, violent sex offenders and assassins, including famed inmates David Berkowitz (aka Son …read more

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