"Sex, Birth, Death" is the eleventh episode of Season Two and the 33rd overall of Criminal Minds.


A vigilante starts killing prostitutes when he feels that his efforts to clean up the city aren't being appreciated. Meanwhile, a young man seeks out Reid to help him understand the murderous urges he has had his whole life and fix them.

Guest Cast

  • Rhonda Marie Alston - Alleyway Prostitute
  • Greg Baglia - Police Officer
  • Trishelle Cannatella - Jane
  • Thomas Crawford - Ronald Weems
  • Janie Haddad - Whistle-Blowing Prostitute
  • Emily Brooke Hands - Rhonda
  • Mel Harris - Congresswoman Karen Steyer
  • Ben Hermes - Uniform Cop
  • Ronald Hunter - Detective Victor Barnes
  • Burnadean Jones - Mae
  • Susie Kantar - Crystal
  • Annie LaRussa - Linda Weems
  • Katy Magnuson - Holly
  • Marco Antonio Martinez - Medic
  • JoAnna Rhambo - Prostitute
  • Marvin Shapiro - Lawyer
  • Jessica Tuck - Doctor Sarah Harris
  • Anton Yelchin - Nathan Harris

Referenced Criminals


  • "Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies
  • "I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen)" by Eagles of Death Metal

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: T.S. Eliot wrote, "Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow."
  • Spencer Reid: T.S. Eliot wrote, "Between the desire and the spasm, between the potency and the existence, between the essence and the descent, falls the shadow. This is the way the world ends."


Criminal Minds Episodes
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