10 Real Serial Killers Depicted in Mindhunter: Season 2

Part of what makes Netflix’s Mindhunter so enthralling is the fact that the series draws so heavily from true events. Not only are the show’s main characters inspired by actual FBI agents, the serial killers they interview are directly modeled on the real criminals. Sometimes, the resemblance between the real-life serial killers and Mindhunter’s TV versions is downright uncanny.

If you’re curious just how closely Mindhunter draws from real events, here’s a breakdown of David Berkowitz (aka Son of Sam), Charles Manson, Wayne Williams, Dennis Rader (aka the BTK Killer), and the other infamous criminals dramatized in Mindhunter Season 2, along with a comparison of how closely the actors resemble their real-world counterparts.

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