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"Doubt" is the first episode, and the season premiere, of Season Three (and the 46th episode overall) of Criminal Minds.


The team investigates the case of "The Campus Killer," a spree killer who is targeting women at a small college in Flagstaff, Arizona. The BAU shuts down the campus, creates a detailed profile of the unsub, and arrests a suspect. However, the team members begin to have doubts about themselves when another woman is killed while the suspect is in custody.

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  • "Wolf Like Me" by TV On The Radio
  • "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups
  • "Cat Claw" by The Kills
  • "Wait" by The Kills
  • "Barely Holding On" by Wes Nickson
  • "I'm Still Holding On" by Ken Holloway
  • "New Noise" by Refused
  • "Stuck Between Stations" by The Hold Steady


  • The episode bears similarities to the 1972 Italian giallo film The Bloodstained Butterfly. After a murder suspect is taken to trial, the killings continue, and the killer even calls the police to taunt them to say he's still out there. It's revealed the defendant was guilty of the first murder, but the lover of the victim killed more women to get revenge. After the defendant was acquitted, the second killer and the first killer murdered each other in a final standoff.
  • The episode was originally scheduled to air as the finale of Season Two, but due to the perceived similarity between its plot and the then-recent Virginia Tech shootings, it was removed from the 2006-2007 lineup and moved to the 2007-2008 lineup instead.
  • This episode is the 1st of 4 episodes to not use any bookend quotes. The others are "... And Back", "Derek", and "Twenty Seven".
  • Elizabeth Hendrickson, the actress who portrays Katie, previously appeared in another episode of Criminal Minds, starring as Amy Cole in the Season Two episode "P911."
  • Interestingly, Vince Grant (who plays the episode's main unsub) was married to actress Judith Hoag, who went on to play a rape and later murder victim in the Season Seven episode "Unknown Subject". The couple divorced in 2013.


  1. Credited as "Cop"

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