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"Cradle to Grave" is the fifth episode of Season Five and the 96th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to Albuquerque to investigate the case of a serial killer who impregnates young women and murders them after they have given birth. Meanwhile, Morgan is puzzled when Hotch begins giving him tasks on his own.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Such a Beautiful Thing" by Chris Mills

Bookend Quotes

  • Jennifer Jareau: Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote, "You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back."


  • Mae Whitman, the actress who portrays Julie, starred in a similar role in the film The Factory, which has an almost identical storyline to the episode.

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