Criminal Minds: Season 8, Episode 1

The Silencer (26 Sep. 2012)

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The vacancy on the team due to Prentiss' departure is filled by agent and university linguistics professor Alex Blake, whose arrival affects Garcia and Strauss the most but for different reasons. The first case with this entire new team takes them to Abilene, Texas where Don Dell, a life sentence prisoner, escaped when, during his transfer to a hospital, an accident occurred. The driver and EMT died in the accident, and Don killed the guard, in the process sewing his mouth shut, which is a signature of a past killer never caught coined the Silencer. The last of the Silencer's three murders, all of middle aged brunette working class women and all which were committed in the middle of the night, occurred in 2004, when Don was incarcerated. During his entire incarceration, he never spoke a word. The team is pretty sure he is the Silencer and not a copycat. They have to figure out why silence is a key to his life, and decipher the cryptic messages he is leaving behind in the hopes of ... Written by Huggo

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Blake says that the fact that the unsub knows IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) is "proof" that he can hear. The word "proof" is too strong an assertion, and a scholar with as many academic credentials as Blake has would not use it in this fashion. Knowledge of IPA only proves knowledge of IPA (although it is a strong indicator of knowledge of speech sounds) - "proof" that an individual can hear in the absence of any behavioral indicators usually has to be done with some sort of neurological other audiological testing that is not dependent on behavioral measures. See more »

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