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Benjamin David Merva (born David James Merva), a.k.a. The Strangler, was a prolific serial killer and cult leader who appeared in Seasons Thirteen and Fourteen of Criminal Minds.

Background

Not much is known about Benjamin. What is known is that he was born David James Merva and joined the Separatarian Sect previous to its destruction in 2008. Following this, he created his own cult called The Believers. He then became a serial killer, removing people's hyoid bones before strangling them in sacrificial killings.

Believer

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Modus Operandi

Benjamin would kill young adults from all over the Continental United States. His victims were brought to him by Jerry Holston, a member of his cult. Benjamin would strangle his victims to death as his followers watched. His signature was torturing his victims by removing their hyoid bones, which were kept by in a suitcase, with seven being given to Jerry.

Known Victims

Personal Victims

  • Unspecified dates and locations from all over the Continental US: 299 unnamed victims (removed their hyoid bones before being killed)
  • Spencer Reid (attempted to kill and remove hyoid bone; was rescued)

Victims by Proxy

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Appearances

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