The Most Unforgettable Murders Ever on Criminal Minds

The ladies of the night in

1. The ladies of the night in "Sex, Birth, Death"

When he feels his efforts to rescue women from prostitution aren't appreciated, a would-be-savior-turned-murderer begins killing sex workers, leaving notes carved into their flesh. 

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Maeve Donovan (Dr. Reid's girlfriend)

2. Maeve Donovan (Dr. Reid's girlfriend)

When Dr. Reid's girlfriend, Maeve, is abducted,, Dr. Reid and the team go after her. Dr. Reid nearly convinces Maeve's captor to let her go, but things change quickly, resulting in a murder suicide that claims Maeve's life. 

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The murders video taped by Vincent Rowlings

3. The murders video taped by Vincent Rowlings

At first, the video footage of murders sent by the serial killer himself seem sadistic. But then, the BAU team realizes that the videos are the murderer's cry for help.

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The itchy murders

4. The itchy murders

In "The Itch," a serial killer with a skin disorder drugs his victims until the medication's side effects cause them to scratch themselves to death. Bug spray, anyone?

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The two-for-one murder

5. The two-for-one murder

In "North Mammon," an UnSub kidnaps three teen girls and gives them a gruesome task: Kill one so that the other two may go free. 

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The riddle murders

6. The riddle murders

Serial killer Randall Garner orchestrates a game of clues with the BAU team. The team must decipher his code to determine Garner's next victim, knowing all the while that the killer has sensitive, personal information on each team member. After a cliffhanger season finale, Garner bombs himself to bits, with Dr. Reid barely escaping the blast. 

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The murders that happened in broad daylight

7. The murders that happened in broad daylight

Many killings occur in secret, in dark, spooky places. But it's even creepier when a killer stalks his prey midday, in public. 

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The heartless murders

8. The heartless murders

In "In Name and Blood," a killer murders women by stealing their hearts. Yes, literally: The UnSub cuts out his victims' hearts. 

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All of those needlessly murdered limbs

9. All of those needlessly murdered limbs

In "The God Complex," the BAU team encounters a doctor who is needlessly amputating patients' limbs. All of those severed parts add up to a case as disturbing as any murder.

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The murder buffet

10. The murder buffet

A cannibalistic UnSub takes his sick murders up a notch when he feeds his victims to volunteers in his community. 

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The call girl's victims

11. The call girl's victims

In "Pleasure Is My Business," the BAU team learns that patrons of a call girl service are being murdered. We learn that the serial killer, Megan Kane, is acting out a revenge fantasy against her father, who left her mother for a call girl when Megan was young. 

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The murders immortalized by tattoos

12. The murders immortalized by tattoos

The BAU team finds a man covered in tattoos commemorating his kills in "... A Thousand Words." The body art gives the team clues to find the victims' bodies. 

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A real, live video game, deaths and all

13. A real, live video game, deaths and all

After holding up a bus full of students, a killer forces the teens to take part in a human video game, where the weapons and the deaths are very real. 

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The murders for spare parts

14. The murders for spare parts

There are some strange fetishes out there (no judgment) but one such fixation is an attraction to severed limbs. In "X," the BAU team finds an enterprising killer who sells the limbs of his victims on the black market. 

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The ice cold murders

15. The ice cold murders

In "The Forever People," the BAU discovers a cult leader who freezes members so they can be revived and "reborn." Shocker: Some don't survive the freezing; hence the team's involvement. The frost-bitten or missing fingers on the UnSub were a dead giveaway in this cold-hearted episode. 

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The copy cat murders

16. The copy cat murders

The BAU team is thrown for a loop when a murderer replicates the styles of several different famous serial killers in "Zoe's Reprise."

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