Four years earlier in Roanoke, Virgina, the BAU were in pursuit of Brian Matloff, alleged to be the Blue Ridge Strangler who killed three women. While Morgan was chasing him, Matloff fell several stories from a building roof. Miraculously, Matloff survived, but fell into a coma, from which he has just awaken. The authorities may have problems now in convicting Matloff since he claims to have amnesia, and their only key witness has since passed away. All remaining evidence is circumstantial. Surprisingly, Matloff agrees to a cognitive memory recognition exercise, since regardless of guilt or innocence he states that he wants to know who he is/was. However, some argue that if Matloff does not regain his memory, he is no longer the person he was and thus no longer a threat to society. So, is this a ruse perpetrated by a cold blooded killer? An unknown woman who was Matloff's sole regular visitor may be able to shed some light on the case. Regardless, the father of one of the Blue Ridge ... Written by
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The title, "Tabula Rasa," is a Latin term that literally means "erased slate." It is used philosophically to refer to the state of a person's mind before it has any experience of the world -- and here refers to the suspected killer, Brian Matloff, awakening from a coma with no memory of his crimes. See more
[Hotch is on the stand being questioned by the defense attorney, Lester Serling
Fact is, behavioral analysis is really just intellectual guesswork. You probably couldn't tell me the color of my socks with any greater accuracy than a carnival psychic.
[Not expecting an answer, Serling turns away from Hotch to head back to his seat
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner
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