In New York a hooded serial killer blindfolds and shoots, then stabs victims which seem to have nothing in common. The profiling team concludes that the cab driver could only be killed after thorough preparation. His latest attack is a priest, accused but cleared in court of child abuse. After this incident he lets a female witness escape to a church, suggesting that the setting is essential to his ritual. It turns out all the victims were acquitted or got the charges dropped. The killer turns out to be a vigilante who stabs his guilty victims in a 'poetically just' organ, probably continuing on the theme of a first crime against a perpetrator whose victim he once was. Gideon thinks it may be a cop, but can't scare off the NYPD from collaborating, and indeed the next victim is a double cop-killer. All victims have been on trial in one single court-house. Crime newspaper reporter Lance Wagner gets incredibly precise scoops every time. After shooting in panic an undercover cop in the ... Written by
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Gideon hands Hotch a newspaper in the lobby of the courthouse. When Hotch turns it over to read the headline, the viewer can briefly see the title of the paper - "New York Quest," not New York Ledger, which is the fictional NY newspaper of choice for most shows set in NYC. The format and design of both fictional papers is meant to emulate a real newspaper, the New York Post. See more
When the team enters the vigilante's apartment, they observe boxes of case files, identified by the name of the case. Several boxes are marked "N.Y.C. v. 'Name'." Since it's unlikely the vigilante would be hunting jaywalkers or persons who were accused of other similarly-trivial offenses, the city would not be the prosecutor in any of the cases; the state would be. See more
There's a lot we still don't know, but we do know this: these are not blitz attacks. They're too controlled. These are absolutely executions.
Dr. Spencer Reid
An unsub's signature is his own extremely rare combination of M.O. and ritual. An unsub kills to satisfy an inner need, and he'll continue killing until that inner need, which is based on a ritual, is lived out perfectly. Because reality never lives up to fantasy, this becomes an impossibility.
In other words, he's not gonna stop killing until we catch ...
References Taxi Driver
Composed by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley See more