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Mindhunter Probes America's Obsession With Serial Killers

David Fincher’s new Netflix drama explores the phenomenon from the vantage point of its Golden Age—the 1970s.
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One of the welcome moments of comedy in , David Fincher’s new Netflix series about FBI profilers, follows a prison visit. Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) is interviewing Edmund Kemper, a real-life serial killer (played by Cameron Britton) who was named “the co-ed killer” after he abducted and murdered a series of female college students in California. Kemper calmly notes the contrast between his regular life and his hobby of dismembering his victims and having sex with their severed heads, which he describes as his “oeuvre.” Ford’s partner, Bill

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