Mark Olshaker

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Mark Olshaker
Born (1951-02-28) February 28, 1951 (age 70)
Alma materGeorge Washington University

Mark Olshaker (born February 28, 1951) is an American author from Washington, D.C. who frequently collaborates with FBI agent John E. Douglas in writing books about criminal and investigative psychology. In 1995, they formed Mindhunters, Inc. and later released Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, which was made into a Netflix series Mindhunter in 2017.[1][2]

Olshaker worked with public health scientist, Michael Osterholm, detailing the medical system's lack of preparation for another pandemic in their book Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.[3] In his New York Times article "We’re Not Ready for a Flu Pandemic", Olshaker criticized the lack of funding the government invested in developing a flu vaccine, citing the National Institutes of Health only received $32 million and Biomedical Advanced Research received $43 million for such research in 2017.[4][5]

Olshaker is a supporter of victims' rights.[6]


  • Douglas, John E., Mark Olshaker. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. New York: Scribner. 1995. ISBN 978-0-671-01375-2
  • Douglas, John E., Mark Olshaker. Journey into Darkness. New York: Scribner. 1997. ISBN 978-0-684-83304-0
  • Douglas, John E., Mark Olshaker. Obsession: The FBI's Legendary Profiler Probes the Psyches of Killers, Rapists and Stalkers and Their Victims and Tells How to Fight Back. New York: Scribner. 1998. ISBN 978-0-684-84560-9
  • Douglas, John E., Mark Olshaker. The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals. New York: Scribner. 1999. ISBN 978-0-684-84598-2
  • Douglas, John E., Mark Olshaker. The Cases That Haunt Us. New York: Scribner. 2000. ISBN 978-0-684-84600-2
  • Douglas, John E., Mark Olshaker. Law & Disorder. New York: Kensington 2013. ISBN 978-0-7582-7312-3


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  1. ^ Patrick Harbron (2017-10-19). "Real 'Mindhunter' speaks: Why Netflix's serial-killer drama is different". Philly. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  2. ^ Keaney, Quinn (2017-10-18). "The Real-Life People and Stories That Inspired Mindhunter's 3 Core Characters". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  3. ^ Astor, Maggie (30 January 2018). "1918 Brought an Armistice, but Also a World of Death". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  4. ^ Miller, Henry I. (22 January 2018). "Stop lollygagging and step up the search for a 'universal' flu vaccine". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  5. ^ Flam, Faye (2 February 2018). "Why we're still unprepared for flu and other crises". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  6. ^ Kentner, D. A. "The Readers' Writers: Bestselling authors John Douglas and Mark Olshaker". The Repository. Retrieved Dec 17, 2019.

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