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Actual serial killers and the actors that played them in Mindhunter

Actual serial killers and the actors that played them in Mindhunter

Comparing the actors to the real serial killers they play is chilling

Actors in Netflix's Mindhunter have been compared looks-wise to the terrifying serial killers that they play and it's safe to say the resemblance is chilling.

Mindhunter is one of Netflix's most gripping and spine-chilling series, boasting an almost perfect score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer.

The fan favourite-Netflix series, which ran for two seasons, follows two FBI agents in the 1970s who delve into the psychology of murder and, in the process, start 'getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.'

The psychological crime-thriller is based on the 1995 book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by FBI agents John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

One aspect of the series that people love is how uncanny the resemblance is of some of the actors to the real-life serial killers they are portraying.

Let's take a look, shall we?

Cameron Britton vs. Ed Kemper

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office / Netflix

Cameron Britton shares a lot of physical similarities to serial killer Ed Kemper, with the actor being hailed for his uncanny performance.

Kemper was a known necrophile, killing his grandparents and his mother, before murdering eight female students. He then turned himself in and was 'happy going about his life in prison.'

Damon Herriman vs. Charles Manson

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images / Netflix

Damon Herriman played the infamous Charles Manson, and looks almost exactly like the cult-leader in the Netflix series.

The long hair, dead eyes and bushy beard are in full swing, as Herriman was also cast in the same role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

It's kind of his thing, even though he looks 'normal' here.

Jack Erdie vs. Richard Speck

Dallas Police Department / Netflix

Jack Erdie plays Richard Speck, who was known for torturing and killing nurses in a hospital one by one.

The actor shares the same facial features as Speck, though that might be thanks to make-up and prosthetics.

Still, impressive.

Oliver Cooper vs. Son of Sam

New York City Police Department / Netflix

Oliver Cooper plays Son of Sam - real name David Richard Berkowitz - who was known for being a serial killer in the 1970s and for trolling the police with mysterious notes, which would send them on wild goose chases.

Sam Strike vs. Montie Rissell

YouTube / Netflix

Sam Strike portrays Montie Rissell, a known misogynist whose crimes in the '70s centred around his hatred for woman.

Rissell started committing these sick crimes at just 14, sexually abusing women as well as murdering five.

Happy Anderson vs. Jerry Brudos

YouTube/The Casual Criminalist / Netflix

Happy Anderson plays Jerry Brudos, a twisted killer and necrophile who carried his crimes out after getting married and having children.

Brudos murdered four young women between 1968-1969, and would keep their undergarments and shoes. He is also known to have attempted to abduct two other young women.

Sonny Valicenti vs. the BTK Killer

Kansas Department of Corrections and Netflix

Finally, Sonny Valicenti portrays the BTK Killer, known as Dennis Rader, who murdered at least ten people.

Valicenti sports the same moustache as he plays the infamous killer who was active for decades.

Oh, and BTK stands for bind, torture and kill.

If you have a guilty pleasure for crime-thrillers, this might be for you and it'll almost be like you're watching the real people.

Featured Image Credit: Bettman/Getty Images/Netflix

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film, Crime