When Netflix released their new drama series Mindhunter, produced by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7evn) and Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, it went down a storm with true crime fans.
Set in the late 1970s, Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and their early development of criminal psychology and criminal profiling.
The show is based on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Former special agent and unit chief in the FBI, Douglas was one of the first criminal profilers and his career stretched on for more than 40 years.
Now with so much interest in the show, it has been announced that season 2 will begin filming next year. Director David Fincher told Billboard, “Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice.” He added, “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 took place over a two-year period between 1979-1981. At least 28 African-American children, adolescents, and adults were killed. Serial killer Wayne Williams, an Atlanta native who was just 23-years -old at the time of the last murder, was arrested for and convicted of two of the adult murders and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
Williams maintained his innocence from the beginning and claimed that Atlanta officials covered up evidence of KKK involvement in the killings to avoid a race war in the city. His lawyers have charged that the conviction was a “profound miscarriage of justice” that has kept an innocent man incarcerated for a majority of his adult life and allowed the real killers to go free. Although, the prosecution did argue that following the arrest of Williams “the murders stopped and there has been nothing since.”