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 ...
Did You Know?
In the last part of the episode where New Yorkers were reacting to the death of the unsub, the Asian woman who commented was Oanh Ly, one of the writers of the series. See more
As Gideon is preparing to enter the building and confront the unsub, he puts on his bulletproof vest and starts toward the building. The camera changes angles and we see him briefly pass by with his vest in his hand. Then a third shot shows him putting on his vest again. 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 ...
Composed by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley See more