‘Mindhunter’ is about death by dialogue
David Fincher's superb new Netflix series is about FBI agents talking to America's most fearsome multiple murderers to find out 'how crazy thinks'
Trust David Fincher to give you an answer you never wanted. Psycho Killer—a song David Byrne wrote for his band Talking Heads in 1977, right after the notorious “Son Of Sam" killings—has one of rock music’s most exquisite hooks, where the urgent chorus rests on the rhythmic French query—Qu’est-ce que c’est—basically asking what a “psycho killer" even is. The song was written at roughly the same time as the FBI agents in Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter are pecking at the thought processes behind nightmarish murderers. The term “serial killer" does not exist. At least not when the show starts.