The Silence of the Lambs, it was one of the most shocking movies of all time and created possibly the most terrifying serial killer in film history. In fact, the thriller was inspired by the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, whose members revolutionized the pursuit of America’s deadliest criminals.
The documentary details how in 1980, author Thomas Harris, gained access to the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit, where he spent numerous days interviewing and questioning criminal profilers to better understand the psychological make-up of serials killers and the motivations behind their heinous crimes.
Harris’s book was the inspiration behind the movie and details the real-life characters such serial killer Ted Bundy, who, like Lecter, evaded capture using his charming, young lawyer persona. Ed Gein, whose shocking crimes echo the movie exploits of Buffalo Bill, and a young FBI agent helped create Agent Starling.
The documentary explores how Silence of the Lambs helped revolutionize the profession, inspiring many to become criminal profilers. Watch as this documentary reveals footage of a young female profiler who interviews American serial killer Gary Ridgway.