Side-By-Side Comparison Of Charles Manson In ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Scene And Real Life Interview Is Incredible

Becky HarrisBecky Harris in Entertainment, Netflix, TV
Published 28.08.19

Netflix’s crime series Mindhunter has taken off globally and has become a massive hit with fans. It’s a killer of a series (had to do it).

There’s just nothing quite like cuddling up on the couch and watching a show about how serial killers’ minds work is there? Totally couldn’t think of a better way to spend my nights, like hiding in a wardrobe or not creeping the hell out of myself all night. A nice Disney movie sounds better to me.

However, Mindhunter fever has gripped everyone, from the real life stories behind it to what to expect from season 3, we’ve discussed it all, but the comparisons from the real interviews and the killers are truly mind-blowing.


They include Edmund Kemper, Richard Speck, Dennis Rader and Charles Manson and honestly, it’s kind of creepy to watch just how realistic it is, especially Kemper. However, the Manson interview is creepy in a whole different way – I mean, they’re all creepy, they’re killers, but you know what I mean.


There aren’t many line-by-lines or shot-by-shots in comparison, but the structure of the scene, the look of Manson from his wrinkles to his scraggly beard and the way the directors have captured the essence of Manson’s psychopathic ways is incredible.

In season 2, episode 5, the show’s FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) interview Manson, re-creating the first ever interview Manson had with 60 Minutes Australia – about 50 minutes too long if I do say so myself.


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The 60 Minutes Australia interview really shows the oddity that Manson carried and just how (‘scuse my French) f*cked up the geezer was. And Mindhunter managed to capture the reality perfectly, specifically while being interviewed by FBI agents. From the weird tone of his voice to the way he sits on the chair and begins to stand and be overly eccentric when in conversation.

We all know someone who can’t sit still when they’re talking though – irritating gits.

Who plays Charles Manson in Mindhunter season 2?

Damon Herriman is simply a class actor of our time for being able to pull this off. The determination and study that he must have put into becoming this character has clearly paid off. I just hope he doesn’t lose his mind now he’s played the role. I’ve seen too many actors lose the plot because they quite literally become their character and lose themselves – I’m still rooting for you Jim Carrey, you’re the man.


Not only did Herriman play the role in Mindhunter, but also in the new Tarantino movie Once Upon a time in Hollywood. Playing Manson AND working with Tarantino has to be major psychological play for anyone!


Not only do I praise Herriman, but the guy who interviewed the real Charles Manson. He had to endure the real deal, acting like it’s not the most terrifying thing in the world to sit in a room with a convicted cult leader and serial killer.

Although Mindhunter’s Manson carries a mental/psychological weirdness, nothing creeped me out more than the Jerry Brudos interview in season 1, episode 7. Jesus Christ that scene scarred me for life. I know there are weirder serial killers, but that guy was just f*cked.

On the plus side, all these guys are either dead or still in jail so I suppose that’s a plus.


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