While on a book tour in Cleveland, Rossi learns from Zoe Hawkes, a keen criminology student, that there has been a spike in homicides in the city, she thinks that it is the work of one serial killer. Rossi thinks nothing of it since, on the surface, the homicides have nothing in common - that is until Zoe herself is killed while searching for clues. The BAU quickly realizes the connection: the M.O. of each case is a replica of more famous serial killer, with the perpetrator being a student of serial killers. Beyond the BAU needing to find the unsub before he kills again, Rossi has to reconcile his own feelings that he was somewhat responsible for Zoe's murder.
Did You Know?
Johnny Lewis, the actor that played the unsub in this episode, actually ended up killing his 81 year old landlady and her cat in 2012. First believed to be drug induced psychosis it was later suggested the behavior was related to an earlier head injury. See more
In this episode, J.J. mentions near the end that she heard Rossi lecture while she was in "her senior year at Georgetown (university)." However, in episode 2.7,"North Mammon," J.J. mentions more than once that she is a graduate of "Pitt" (the University of Pittsburgh), with a soccer scholarship. No mention is made of ever having transferred colleges. See more
I think he went back to relive his crime. When Zoe showed up, she became a victim of opportunity.
That's the same theory we arrived at on the plane. He strangled her with her own scarf. He didn't plan it, I think she surprised him.
I told her not to stop until she found the answers she was looking for. I didn't think she'd go to a crime scene.
Her mom said it's something that she does all the time. She probably would have gone anyway.
But it's because of what I said that she was encouraged to ...
References The Silence of the Lambs
Written by Scat Springs
& Wendy Moten
Performed by Scat Springs
& Wendy Moten See more