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"Legacy" is the twenty-second episode of Season Two and the 44th overall of Criminal Minds.


When homeless people begin mysteriously disappearing from the streets of Kansas City, a local detective calls the BAU to investigate the disappearances. It is suspected that a local meat plant is responsible and that the facility's owner is abducting the homeless for experimentation.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Johanna" by Stephen Sondheim
  • "Left for Dead" by Citizen Cope

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." – Herman Melville
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles." – Charles Chaplin


  • It's interesting to note that both Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Reid) and the late Jack Donner (who plays a homeless man murdered in the episode) would later go on to star in the 2008 film How to be a Serial Killer (which appeared to have been a basis for another episode).

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