Netflix fans are too scared to sleep after watching Mindhunter and it's giving them nightmares

FANS bingeing on Netflix's latest series of Mindhunter have ended up with more than they bargained for as the terrifying presence of the BTK serial killer has left many unable to sleep.

The horrifying real life fiend – actual name Dennis Lynn Rader – is the target of agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in season two of the show, which was released on 16 August.

The show follows the two FBI agents in the late 70s and 80s as they try to understand the twisted minds of America's most dangerous serial killers in order to catch them.

During their dogged pursuit, they end up pioneering the development of modern-day serial killer profiling.

While season 2 focused on the Atlanta murders from 1979 to 1981, where 28 African American children, teens and adults were killed in the Georgian capital, the scariest part of the whole show was the presence of the BTK killer.

The name stands for Bind, Torture, Kill, and he was one of the most sadistic killers in American history, responsible for the murder of a family and a string of women.

BTK worked at ADT Security Services where he installed security alarms in Wichita for people concerned about the killings.

While there's not much gore in the show, Mindhunter has got into many fans' heads – who are losing sleep thinking about the murders.

One fan who quit the show because of it tweeted: "Had to cut myself off from watching Mindhunter cuz if not ya boy gonna have a s*** ton of nightmares."

Talking about the final scene, where BTK chokes himself while looking over the photos of the people he's killed so far, one person wrote: "That ending to mindhunter is for sure going to give me nightmares f*** sake."

Another said: "SOS i watched too much mindhunter home alone in the dark and now i can't sleep."

The show definitely lingers in your mind – as one person pointed out: "We watched 2 episodes of Mindhunter & now I can't sleep. It's terrifying to think there are people like that out in the world. You could walk past them on the street. True crime is fascinating, but anxiety provoking. Still, it's amazing to see how psychological profiling began."

Season two also premiered creepy serial killer Charles Manson – with actor Damon Herriman playing him in both this show and Quentin Tarantino's latest flick Once Upon a Time in Holiday.

While there's been no confirmation of a season three by Netflix so far, star Holt McCallany said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that director David Fincher asked if he was "ready to do this for five seasons? Because even if I f*** this up, it's gonna go five seasons, and I don't intend to f*** it up."

So it's safe to assume another is in the works.

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