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Mindhunter Quotes That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes the scariest stories are based on real-life as these Mindhunter quotes show.

Some people just like to be scared and because of that, there are tons of television series that work to accomplish just that.

But there are many real-life stories that are scarier than anything a tv writer can come up with on their own. The Mindhunter series is one that accomplishes just that.

The two-season series is loosely based on true stories involving the FBI and their work in the 1970s and 1980s to understand the mind of serial killers and other violent criminals.

The characters are loosely based on real-life FBI agents and the stories of the killers are loosely based on some of the serial killers that have made the news throughout the decades.

If you like to be scared, these Mindhunter quotes are for you.

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Mindhunter quotes from Wendy Carr

1. “Psychopaths are extremely skilled at imitating human emotions. It’s how they manipulate other people, or how they gain power over their environment.”  Wendy Carr

2. “What else is a criminal except somebody who can’t function in society?”  Wendy Carr

3. “Imagine, like truly imagine what it takes to bludgeon someone to death. The lust for control, the feeling of arousal, the decision to rape the severed head of your victim, to humiliate her corpse. How could you possibly get that from an ordinary police report?”  Wendy Carr

4. “Um, I’m teaching a class on the intersection of sociopathy and fame. People like, um, Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison. Their celebrity becomes the only thing they need to sustain their ego.”  Wendy Carr

5. “I mean, if they admitted that they rape and murder for pleasure, it would destroy them. There’s a tension. They need to be seen to have power over someone, and yet circumstance demands that they erase the only witness, which means they have to do the whole thing over again. It must be Hell.”  Wendy Carr

6. “Psychopaths are convinced that there is nothing wrong with them, so these men are virtually impossible to study.”  Wendy Carr

7. “What happens to these men is normal, but the way that they process it is not.” — Wendy Carr

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8. “There’s no point in preparing questions if you don’t bother to ask them.”  Wendy Carr

Mindhunter quotes from Edmund Kemper

9. “In reality, when you stab somebody, they lose blood pressure and they leak to death, very slowly.”  Edmund Kemper

10. “You see, Bill, I knew a week before she died I was gonna kill her.” — Edmund Kemper

11. “So I got a claw hammer and I beat her to death. Then I cut her head off, and I humiliated her.”  Edmund Kemper

12. “Butchering people is hard work. Physically and mentally. I don’t think people realize. You need to vent.” — Edmund Kemper

13. “Women are born with this little hole between their legs, which every man on earth just wants to stick something into. And they’re weaker than men, so they learn strategies. They deploy their minds and their sex, and they intuitively learn to humiliate.” — Edmund Kemper

Mindhunter quotes from Bill Tench

14. “If what we’re doing doesn’t get under your skin, you’re more screwed up than I thought, or kidding yourself.”  Bill Tench

15. “Passenger seat’s not the best way to transport a corpse, I’ll give you that.”  Bill Tench

16. “The question is not only why did the killer do it, but why did the killer do it this way?” — Bill Tench

17. “Nixon was a sociopath.” — Bill Tench

18. “Guys communicate in a certain way. It can be rough, but it’s like a code. It gets out the conflict.” — Bill Tench

19. “I’ve been around crazy. I was in the Army.” — Bill Tench

20. “Fine. You want to diddle around, we’ll walk out of here. We’ll go have a nice, leisurely lunch wherever the fuck we want, and then take the picturesque drive back to Quantico. What’s the rest of your day look like?” — Bill Tench

21. “I can choke down the bile, manufacture empathy—when our subjects are at least informative.”  Bill Tench

22. “We’re trying to save women from getting pulled into vans and cut to pieces, not crucify some schoolmarm who hasn’t done anything.” — Bill Tench

23. “When you’re married, it’s a contract. There’s children, a mortgage, a house to keep up, almost like a business. Only you can’t quit. She can’t fire you. Stock goes up, stock goes down, doesn’t matter, you’re trapped. Unless you want to bring on the lawyers and open Pandora’s box. Resentment builds on both sides. A thousand tiny cuts.”  Bill Tench

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24. “Marriage and fatherhood don’t make anger go away.” — Bill Tench

25. “If you want to learn how to paint, go straight to the artist.”  Bill Tench

26. “ Okay. So next time you’re a long way from home and you flip your shit, you find a pay phone and you tell it to your girlfriend.”  Bill Tench

27. “Holden, they’re not gonna let you in with a sidearm.”  Bill Tench

28. “ He’s gonna take the fuckin’ thing away, kill you with it, and then have sex with your face.”  Bill Tench

29. “Holden and his first criminal crush!”  Bill Tench

Mindhunter quotes from Holden Ford

30. “It’s a riddle, but it can be solved. It’s complex, but it’s human.”  Holden Ford

31. “You get onto a crowded elevator, and you face the opposite direction, the back of the elevator, and everybody freaks out. They’re uncomfortable for reasons they can’t even articulate. But if you turn around and face the front, everybody relaxes.”  Holden Ford

32. “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”  Holden Ford

33. “The only mistake I made was ever doubting myself…”  Holden Ford

34. “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”  Holden Ford

35. “You would really turn down the chance to meet Richard Speck? He’s almost up there with Manson.” — Holden Ford

36. “The mutilation of her body alone justifies our involvement.” — Holden Ford

37. “We should be using every resource we can. Talking to the smartest people we find from the broadest possible spectrum.” — Holden Ford

38. “You can’t force a square peg into a round hole just because you prefer it to fit.” — Holden Ford

39. “When we know who the criminal is, we can understand what set him off.” — Holden Ford

40. “What gave you the right to take eight ripe c**ts out of the world? Some of them looked pretty good. You ever think you were depriving the rest of us? Eight hot pieces of ass. You think that’s fair?” — Holden Ford

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41. “What difference does any of this make if we can’t communicate it to the people who matter?” — Holden Ford

42. “You want truffles, you gotta get in the dirt with the pigs.” — Holden Ford

Mindhunter quotes from John E. Douglas

43. “Manipulation. Domination. Control. These are the three watchwords of violent serial offenders.”  John E. Douglas

44. “As with everything else in my life, I decided that if we were all going to get through this in one piece, I’d better have a sense of humor.”  John E. Douglas

Mindhunter quotes from Kay Manz

45. “Sometimes it’s comforting to know you’ve already done the worst thing you could ever do in your life.” — Kay Manz

46. “One’s expansiveness of spirit needn’t be reflected by one’s personal surroundings.” — Kay Manz

47. “It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.” — Kay Manz

Mindhunter quotes from other characters

48. “When you go from an abstract idea of murder to the visceral reality, you can no longer be objective. Only when you feel the pain of those victims and their loved ones can you know the magnitude of the choice that killer made. And it’s that choice that seals his fate.”  Esther Mayweather

49. “Personality and character far outweigh the presence of psychotic or defective diagnoses. In other words, by extrapolation, are criminals born or are they formed?”  Leo Buchanan

50. Holden Ford: “Yet! Certainly our goal is to be preemptive.”

Bill Tench: “We’re the FBI, Holden. That is not our goal. Yet.”

Which of these Mindhunter quotes is your favorite?

Both seasons of the Mindhunter series had high ratings from viewers and critics. There is just something about the stories that make you not want to know more while also feeling like you need to keep following along to find out the details.

The series focuses not only on the work of the FBI but also the collaboration with psychologists in trying to understand the way the mind of a serial killer works.

If you can handle reading through the Mindhunter quotes and sayings above and like to hear all the gory details of these types of crimes, this is a show for you.

Stephanie Kirby
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