Get Ready For MINDHUNTER Season 2 With This Unofficial Companion - Tue 13 Aug 04:20 GMT

What to watch, read, and listen to ahead of the premiere.

  The second season of the series, produced by David Fincher (who also directed select episodes) and Charlize Theron, takes Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) – with the help of Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), of course – to Atlanta to investigate the infamous child murders that upended the city in the late ’70s.

  While that's the primary narrative of season two, we can still expect a handful of very interesting guest stars as Ford and Tench continue their interrogations of various high-profile murderers in their quest to develop the criminal profiling techniques that made their real-life counterparts famous (and eventually led to the publication of the book on which Mindhunter is based).

  This season's guest killers include Charles Manson, Son of Sam, and the return of Edmund Kemper, among others.

  The main focus of Mindhunter season two is the infamous serial murder case that rocked the city of Atlanta in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

  Agents Ford and Tench are sent to investigate a series of brutal slayings involving black children, which local law enforcement is keen to attribute to the KKK (for good reason) – but based on their expertise, Ford and Tench have a different idea, and one that's quite controversial given the nature of the crimes, which have heightened pre-existing racial tensions around the city.

  Rader was fond of taunting law enforcement via letters, not unlike the Zodiac killer – a season one episode of Mindhunter shows Rader, played by Sonny Valicenti, dropping one such letter in the mailbox.

  The arrival of the notorious cult leader and career criminal is hardly a surprise: Ford made his fascination with Charles Manson well-known in season one, when he declared his eagerness to meet with and interview the madman who instructed his followers to embark on an infamous killing spree in 1969.