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Over the course of the last year, I have read nearly every crime book written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the authors of Mindhunter, which inspired David Fincher‘s Netflix series of the same name. So when I was offered the chance to interview Douglas, a retired FBI profile who served as the basis for Scott Glenn‘s character in The Silence of the Lambs, I jumped at the opportunity.
Douglas has come face-to-face with the worst evil this world has to offer, so it’s fitting that he appears as an expert on Investigation Discovery’s Serial Killer: Devil Unchained, a three-part limited series about convicted murderer and rapist Todd Kohlhepp, who was arrested after a young woman escaped from a shipping container on his property. Kohlhepp is one of four murderers whose crimes are examined in Douglas and Olshaker’s latest book, The Killer Across the Table, which was published in May.
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Douglas made for an absolutely fascinating interview, and while I can see why his headstrong attitude might have rubbed some folks at the FBI the wrong way, it’s clear that he’s an expert on the darkest corners of the human psyche. I could’ve spoken with him for several more hours, but I made the most out of time our limited time together, and I hope you’ll enjoy my chat with the Mindhunter himself.
How do you prepare to interview a guy like Todd Kohlhepp? How many hours do you spend reviewing case files and evidence and all that?
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