Rossi determines that the case that haunts him has gone unsolved too long on its 20th anniversary, and the team horns in on his investigation despite his displeasure. Elsewhere, Reid and Hotchner interview a manipulative death-row convict.

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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

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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 »

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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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Aaron Hotchner: [closing quote, voiceover] "There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." - Arthur Rubinstein.
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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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A poignant episode
2 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was well-written -- everyone played to their usual strengths. Having 2 separate story-lines was interesting; yes using the real life story of the guy who invented the term "serial-killer" worked for me.

Whenever its on --- i make a point to watch it. And its a sad episode that presumably does play out in real life. One serious bad guy -- and another dumb child-like individual.

This was one of the first Rossi episodes -- so it adds depth to him - and his team. I presume this hits a lot of real life police hard -- the cold-cases.


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