Will Mindhunter II focus on the Atlanta child murders?

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Like most good shows, Mindhunter’s reputation has been spreading like wildfire since its release date the week before last thanks to good reviews (see our’s here) and social media word-of-mouth. The serial killer drama, that took a slightly different approach to crime-solving, has already been commissioned for a second series by streaming site, Netflix, and speculation has already started as to what – or who – series two will focus on next.

The first series of Mindhunter saw FBI instructors-cum-investigators Holden Ford and Bill Tench cross paths with four notorious serial killers – Edmund Kemper, Richard Speck and Jerry Brudos among them – and on top of the ADT serviceman who was seen looking shifty at the start of some of the episodes. Speculation abounds that this is Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, and certainly, we saw his psychopathy develop chillingly to the extent that you could safely say that the killer who took the lives of 10 people in Sedgwick County, Kansas between 1974 and 1991 will feature heavily in series two.

On top of Rader, the Refinery website quotes a Billboard interview with David Fincher:

Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.

The Atlanta child murders saw Wayne Williams convicted for two murders of African-American children, teens and young adults between 1979-1981, but 28 went missing during this time and police believe Williams is responsible for the rest. Crucially, John E Douglas – whose book Mindhunter was based on – was a profiler on that case.

Interestingly, Refinery also said this:

Mindhunter won’t be the only TV show to cover these horrible crimes in the near future. This spring, Regina King and American Crime producer John Ridley announced that they were making a series for FX based on No Place Safe, a memoir by Kim Reid, whose mother was a police investigator on the Atlanta murders. King will star in that show, which will no doubt provide a different perspective than Fincher’s version.

More news as we get it…

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