Netflix Real-Crime Series Modeled After Book by Famous Criminal Profiler

A new Netflix series that is scheduled to be released in 2017 will be based on a book co-written by criminal profiler John E. Douglas. The book is titled Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. The real-crime show is currently filming in Pennsylvania with director David Fincher. Charlize Theron and Kevin Spacey are noted as the show’s producers.

John E. Douglas first came into the public view during the initial investigation in the death of JonBenét Ramsey, the 6-year-old that was found murdered in her parents’ basement twenty years ago. Douglas was brought onto the case to help create profiles of possible suspects and discount others.

The parents and brother of JonBenét were once the primary suspects but DNA evidence has since cleared them of any guilt in the crime. Douglas told Dateline NBC back in 1997 that he didn’t believe that John or Patsy Ramsey had committed the murder. Douglas speculated instead, that the killer was most likely a former employee of John Ramsey. He also told CNN that the brutality of JonBenéts murder sustained his belief that her parents could not have been involved. In his experience as a criminal profiler, Douglas said that he had rarely seen such savagery from a close relative.

Douglas was recruited to the FBI after his four years of service with the Air Force. In 1977 he was assigned to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia where he taught applied criminal psychology and hostage negotiation. His teachings inspired him to delve deeper into criminal profiling by interviewing the criminals themselves. His interviews showed links between people who harmed animals and violent criminal and his innovative technique made him instrumental in assisting with murder investigations. He is considered to be one of the first known criminal profilers.

Douglas’ real life career has been modeled in the fictional character of Jack Crawford which appeared in Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon.