A serial rapist-killer active in San Diego targeting middle class women glues his victims eyes open.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Franklin Graney
Captain Griffith
Detective Cornelius Martin
Marcia Gordon
Shelly Hart
Brenda Samms
Bill Gordon


The team profiles the Tommy Killer, who rapes and murders women forced to watch him in upper class houses, where he destroys status symbols. As soon as the press notices that detail, he makes a habit of quoting 17th century poetic ballads on Death conversing with its victims. They are confident enough about their profile of a resentful, skilled white middle class man to rule out a less well-organized black attacker but arrest the suspect to make Tommy manifest himself, alas by an untraceable phone call- which precisely provides a crucial clue. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 October 2005 (USA)  »

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The ballad quoted by the unsub is "The Great Messenger of Mortality, or a Dialogue betwixt Death and a Lady," which was originally printed on a broadside by J. Deacon sometime between 1683 and 1700. See more »


The poem that the unsub wrote on the mirror ends with "on the owner's light." In this context it should read "on the owners light." See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: [Reading poems the unsub left behind] "My name is Death! Have you not heard of me? You may as well be..."
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: Creepy, huh?
Dr. Spencer Reid: A... Actually conversations between Death and his victims was a... a fairly popular literary and artistic theme throughout the Renaissance.
[Seeing JJ frowning]
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah, creepy!
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References Tommy (1975) See more »


Doctor My Eyes
Composed and Performed by Jackson Browne
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In The First Four Shows, This Is The Best Episode
3 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The BAU travels to San Diego, Cal., to find and capture a serial rapist-murderer who is targeting high middle class women. He seems to know exactly when the right time to strike occurs, and he leaves messages from a medieval ballad. That is just so everyone knows it's he who is doing the killers. He obviously craves recognition.

So, the best way to get this guy out in the open and have him come to the FBI guys is to blame someone else for the murders. Enraged he isn't getting the publicity, the plan works.

This is an excellent episode: the best I've seen so far in the first season of this TV program.

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