Learn More About Mindhunter's Serial Killers In These Podcast Episodes

David Fincher's Mindhunter is like a belligerent party guest — it settles down on your couch, whiskey in hand – and refuses to leave until you've fully reckoned with it. That is to say, it's been over a week since Netflix dropped all ten episodes, and we're still thinking about it. There are a lot of questions that are still unanswered.

Sadly, the show itself won't return for another year. (Although we do have some scoop on season 2.) What to do in the meantime? As a stop-gap measure, you can always follow the respective paths of agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and just do research. The serial killers featured in the show are, for the most part, very real serial killers. You can watch the full interviews with Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) on YouTube. You can also listen to podcast episodes that delve into the details of the murders, the investigation, and the subsequent fascinations with these killers.

Ahead, to scratch that itch that Mindhunter created, find the podcast episodes that explore the killers Ed Kemper, Jerry Brudos, and the BTK killer.

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Edmund Kemper, The Co-Ed Killer

Played by Cameron Britton on the show, Ed Kemper is best known for being an absolutely despicable serial killer with an absurdly high I.Q. He gave interviews to the FBI while in confinement, during which he detailed his crimes. Kemper continues to be a source of fascination because he's aware of his misdeeds. In 1973, after he killed his mother and her best friend, Kemper called the police and turned himself in. He's been in prison ever since, and has stipulated that he doesn't want to be granted parole.

"He's just as happy going about his life in prison," Kemper's attorney told the parole board in 2007 at his last official parole hearing.
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My Favorite Murder: "Episode 39: Kind of Loco?"

Listen as Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark delve into the grisly details of the co-ed murders.

The Last Podcast on the Left: "Ed Kemper Part 1: A Bit of a Bumblebutt," and "Ed Kemper Part 2: Momendorf"

Henry Zebrowski, Marcus Parks, and Ben Kissel dissect the entirety of Kemper's life, from his traumatic childhood to his 1973 confession over two episodes.

Generation Why: "The Co-Ed Killer"

True crime buffs Aaron and Justin process the life and times of Kemper, playing the role of Holden Ford — they pose the question: Just how did Ed Kemper become a serial killer?
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Jerome Brudos

Played by Happy Anderson on the show, Jerry Brudos is a mysterious killer. He's not like Kemper in that he doesn't want to cop to his crimes. In fact, he seems to exist in an alternate reality where he hasn't done anything wrong. Brudos was arrested in 1969 and is believed to have murdered at least four women. His particular serial killer obsession, as depicted in the show, was high-heeled shoes. When he was arrested, police found a pile of shoes and women's underwear in a garage. This was the same garage where Brudos kept his victims.
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The Last Podcast On The Left: "Jerry Brudos Part I - Dump Fever" and "Jerry Brudos Part II - Coke and Conversation"

Pro tip: There's nothing the guys on The Last Podcast on the Left won't cover in gruesome detail. In these two episodes, Henry and his co-hosts get into the nitty-gritty of Brudos' fetish and obsession with women's shoes.

My Favorite Murder: "79 - Sharpest Needle In The Tack"

The ladies go through the life and times of Brudos, the so-called "Shoe Fetish Slayer."
Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer

Though he's only alluded to in mysterious cold opens, Dennis Rader is very much present in Mindhunterhe's haunting the FBI agents, getting away with murder while they desperately try to find a way to prevent serial killings. Sonny Valicenti plays him as a quiet, creepy menace on the show. As he was. Rader spent 30 years as a happily undiscovered serial killer because he was unassuming. The guy was president of his church council and a scout leader. And all the while, he was a violent serial killer.

In reality, John E. Douglas — the guy on whom Holden Ford is based — didn't catch the BTK killer.

"[The BTK Killer] wasn't caught until 2005. He was literally at large for 30 years!" McCallany told Refinery29 regarding Rader. So, it's not likely we'll get to see him in prison next season. That doesn't mean we can't do research!
The Serial Killer Podcast: "BTK"

This is about as straightforward as a serial killer podcast gets: just the facts, delivered in an unassuming monologue, with a few audio clips interspersed throughout. Get to know Dennis Rader without any bells and whistles — you won't find any fun banter here.

Generation Why: "172 - Dennis Rader"

Want to know how Rader eluded the police for 30 years and then shocked his family when he was finally apprehended? Get into it with Aaron and Justin.

True Crime All The Time: "BTK Dennis Rader Part 1" and "BTK Dennis Rader Part 2"

Want to hear Denni Rader himself talk about his murders? Head to True Crime All The Time, a podcast for true crime obsessives. Hosts Mike Ferguson and Mike "Gibby" Gibson call famous serial killers like Rader "Big Timers."

Last Podcast on the Left: "The B.T.K. Killer Part One: The Ball Game Explodes" and "The B.T.K. Killer Part Two: Detective Popcorn"

We'd be remiss if we didn't include the trusty Last Podcast on the Left. There's a reason it's a popular podcast — it's thorough, and it's fairly lighthearted for a show about crime, murder, and all things spooky.
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