Hotchner and Reid secure a pre-execution interview for research with death-row inmate, Chester Hardwick, who had a secret agenda. Unofficially, and unbeknown to his team, Rossi checks up on the surviving children of an Indianapolis couple who were victims of a still-unsolved, brutal, double-homicide exactly twenty years earlier, that he has never let go of, and to see if their are any new leads. Frustrated with his constant yearly gifts, a painful reminder of their parents' murder, the now-grown children beg Rossi to just leave them alone, but inadvertently provide him with a new lead. Concerned about his state of mind, Morgan, Prentiss, and J.J. join him, just in time to help make sense of the only new lead in twenty years, that may finally lead to the killer. Written by
Lynne Boris Johnston
Did You Know?
In the scene where Rossi and Prentiss are speaking to the carnival worker about his son, the clown/"unsub", you can clearly see (LE)GACY on a building in the background. John Wayne Gacy was a serial killer who became known as the "Killer Clown", due to the clown costume he often wore to entertain children at neighborhood parties. See more
In the season three episode "Birthright," Rossi tells retired sheriff John Caulfield that this case has haunted him for 21 years. Caulfield replies by telling him not to let it become 22 years. However, in this episode, Rossi claims that this is the 20th year anniversary of that incident. See more
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"There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." - Arthur Rubinstein.
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