Mindhunter season 2: Who is serial killer William Junior Pierce?


Netflix released Mindhunter season two recently with nine new episodes for fans to enjoy. Season two saw fictional FBI agents Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) speaking to more serial killers about their crimes in a bid to profile them. Season two saw the agents talking to Charles Manson (Damon Herriman), Ed Kemper (Cameron Britten) and William “Junior” Pierce (Michael Filipowich).

Mindhunter is based on the book of the same name by real FBI agent John E. Douglas and his writing partner Mark Olshaker but very little is mentioned of Pierce in the source material.

However, episode three of Mindhunter season two saw Holden and fellow FBI agent Jim Barney (Albert Jones) going to speak to Pierce.

Although Holden isn’t able to extract much information of use out of Pierce, Jim fares better after offering the serial killer some sweet treats.

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The sequence demonstrates Jim’s interrogation skills after he failed to make the cut on the Behavioural Science Unit’s team in season one.

Jim manages to get to Pierce after seeing a photo of the killer with his personal effects strewn across his cell bed, including a number of sugary items suggesting the criminal had a sweet tooth.

Mindhunter recreated a real-life photo of the killer with a bed covered with items.

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Who is serial killer William Junior Pierce?

Pierce was a serial killer better known as “Junior” who committed robberies and other crimes along with the murders.

He killed nine people between 1970 and 1971 before being arrested in March 1971.

Pierce was sentenced to life in prison in 1973 for his crimes.

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The killer had been on parole for burglary, arson and other charges when he committed the murders.

Only a month after his release, he killed his first victim, according to Atlanta news publication the AJC.

Pierce was released despite a prison psychologist report which stated he “may be dangerous to himself and others”, the New York Times reported at the time.

Pierce confessed to three of the murders in Georgia and was implicated in the killings of victims in North and South Carolina.

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Who is Mindhunter actor Michael Filipowich?

Filipowich is a Canadian actor who has featured in a number of big projects including the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and 24 playing Nick Coughlin.

The star’s other big shows include The Oath, Charlie Jade and Earth: Final Conflict.

He also previously starred in TV movie called The Hunt for the BTK Killer portraying real-life serial killer Dennis Rader in his late twenties. The BTK killer also features in Mindhunter albeit in cutaway shots.

Mindhunter season 1 & 2 are available to watch on Netflix now

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