Episode 222: John Douglas – Mindhunter, White Supremacist Serial Killer

Retired agent and legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas served in the FBI for 25 years.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Douglas reviews his new book, The Killer’s Shadow and his prison conversation with Joseph Paul Franklin, a White Nationalist serial killer responsible for killing more than 20 people and wounding five, to include magazine publisher Larry Flynt and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan.

Douglas is an icon in the world of law enforcement. He has spent more than three decades hunting, researching, analyzing, and confronting America’s most disturbing criminals. He has interviewed many of America’s most notorious murderers and is a true authority on serial killers and violent predators.

During the episode, Douglas also discusses the popularity of true crime, and the Netflix series Mindhunter, inspired by his best-selling book of the same name.

Douglas holds a doctorate degree in education based on teaching police departments methods of crime classification and is an active consultant and a highly sought-after speaker. In addition to being the founding father of criminal profiling and modern criminal investigative analysis who has aided law enforcement agencies around the country and overseas, he was also the inspiration for characters in Silence of the Lambs, Criminal Minds, and now Mindhunter.

During his interview, John mentioned former colleagues Ken Lanning and Mary Ellen O’Toole, and ViCap, the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. To listen to more FBI Retired Case File Review case reviews with former BAU profilers here. To listen to case reviews about serial murder here.

Special Agent (Retired)

John Douglas

12/1970 – 6/1995








“You can get away with murder. Since 1980, there have been over 250,000 unsolved murder cases in the United States.”—Retired Agent and FBI Profiler John Douglas

The following are links to articles about white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin and the Mindhunter Netflix series:

FBI Website – 1/14/2014: Serial Killers Part 4: White Supremacist Joseph Franklin

A&E – REAL CRIME – 11/17/2020: FBI Profiler John Douglas on the Racist Rampage of Joseph Paul Franklin

CNN – 11/19/2013: Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin prepares to die

Oxygen – 11/23/2020: Serial Killers – How ‘Mindhunter’ John Douglas Built A Profile To Help Catch White Supremacist Serial Killer Joseph Paul Franklin

Vulture – 10/23/2020: David Fincher Confirms the ‘Very Expensive’ Mindhunter Is Done for Now

(VIDEO) Boston College – 9/24/2018: The Minds Behind Mindhunter

John Douglas’s new book, The Killer’s Shadow, explores the heart of extremism and domestic terrorism.











Mindhunter is the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John Douglas’ career as an FBI profiler, assessing notorious serial killers and criminals.











Watch a trailer from the show on the MINDHUNTER | Netflix Official Site.











Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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