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Agent Josh Cramer is a recurring character in Seasons One and Two of Criminal Minds.

Background[]

Not much is known about Cramer's personal life, other than he became an FBI agent and rose to the rank of Agent in Charge of the Bureau's Field Office and Organized Crime Division in Baltimore, Maryland.

Natural Born Killer[]

Having been keeping tabs on local mob boss Michael Russo for some time, Cramer has his friend and fellow agent Jimmy Baker go undercover to help bring Russo down. A few months into the operation, Baker becomes the target of a hitman, who was hired to take him and his friend Freddy Condore out, Russo having become suspicious of the two. After discovering Condore and his family dead, a frightened Baker asks for a pickup, but the hitman abducts him shortly before Cramer can reach him.

After Baker’s abduction, Cramer confronts the BAU, who he had earlier brushed off when they offered their help in investigating the murders of Condore and his relatives. After realizing the BAU (who had been unaware of Baker being an undercover agent) did not have him, Cramer helps them in tracking down the hitman, Vincent Perotta, through Russo. When Perotta is found and brought in, Cramer becomes agitated, believing the BAU are wasting their time interviewing him when Baker could be out there, slowly dying. At one point, Cramer compromises the interrogation by bursting into the room and threatening Perotta, letting it slip that Baker is a federal agent before being dragged back out.

Eventually, the interviews with Perotta bear fruit, with the BAU getting enough information to successfully pinpoint Baker's location, the team and Cramer finding and rescuing him, Perotta having tortured him and left him to be eaten alive by rats.

Honor Among Thieves[]

When the BAU investigate a series of Russian mob-related "mutilation kidnappings" in Baltimore at the request of Elizabeth Prentiss, Prentiss's mother, Cramer assists them, offering all the information he currently has on the case, also telling them about the principals of the Russian mob and the history of the local chapter leader, Arzeny Lysowsky. In a way, the case ultimately solves itself, with Lysowsky eliminating the abductor, his son and rogue mobster, Lyov.

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