"Birthright" is the eleventh episode of Season Three and the 56th overall of Criminal Minds.


The new sheriff in Fredericksburg, Virginia, requests the BAU's assistance in the investigation of a series of mutilation-murders that appear to mimic similar crimes that had occurred over two decades earlier.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Where the Devil Don't Stay" by Drive-By Truckers
  • "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones
  • "Skin and Bones" by JET
  • "Decoration Day" by Drive-By Truckers

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: The American poet Anne Sexton once wrote, "It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."
  • Jennifer Jareau: Wordsworth wrote, "A simple child, that lightly draws its breath, and feels its life in every limb, what should it know of death?"

Criminal Minds Episodes