A serial arsonist is active in Royal, Indiana. The arsonist went from setting fires in unoccupied buildings to largely populated ones. In the last two fires - in a community center and a movie theater - the death count reaches 31 people. The BAU realize that they have to tread lightly as they suspect the unsub to be a local, and with Royal being a small town, anyone they question will be the target of a public witch hunt. And with the high death count in such a small town, determining if there is a specific victimology is made more difficult. The arsonist strikes again when the BAU least expects. Because the latest fire is different than the previous ones, they believe the last fire is the one that holds the key to understanding the motivation and finding the perpetrator. This case is especially difficult for Garcia, who is asked to do things outside of her normal duties.
Did You Know?
The fire in the movie theater may be a play on the title of the paraphrasing of Oliver Wendell Holmes' "shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater" 1919 opinion. See more
When Garcia states that Tommy re-emerged at 21 in Franklin, Indiana, she says that that's 300 miles away from Royal, Indiana. However, 300 miles from Franklin would put Royal well outside of Indiana. If she's rounding, 300 kilometers would be close to Gary, where the doctor mentions taking the burn patient.
(For reference, the entire length of Indiana is 270 miles.) See more
[about a serial arsonist
Whoever set these went from no victims to thirty-one in less than two weeks. That's a hell of an escalation.
Why didn't they call us in sooner?
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau
The local police and fire department knew they were dealing with an arsonist, but they had no idea he'd become a killer.
Dr. Spencer Reid
Most arsonists don't. They just like setting fires; any deaths that occur are almost always accidental.
Thirty-one victims is not an accident.
Police chief knows he made a mistake. And he learned the hard way ...
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