Spoilers for Season 2!
Netflix’s critically acclaimed true-ish crime drama, Mindhunter, has finally returned for a second season and brought with it a whole slew of new serial killers to be interviewed and profiled by fictional Behavioral Science agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. These agents may be characters created for the show, but the killers themselves are very, very real.
All told, Mindhunter Season 2 featured eleven killers, with only two repeats from Season 1–fan-favorite Ed Kemper and the gruesome BTK Killer, who, so far, has only been glimpsed as a seemingly unrelated subplot (and briefly discussed by the protagonists). The rest of the show was devoted to an entirely new roster of the worst people humanity has to offer. There’s a good chance you’ll recognize some of the names–this season didn’t skimp on the infamous–but others were a little less notorious.
We rounded up every serial killer profiled and examined for Mindhunter Season 2 and stacked them up next to their real-life case files to find if the drama of the show had gotten it right–and to learn if the truth is even worse than the fiction. Spoilers: more often than not, it actually is.