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"The Silencer" is the first episode, and the season premiere, of Season Eight and the 163rd overall of Criminal Minds.


When a Texas prison inmate escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with their mouths sewn shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the infamous serial killer "The Silencer". While they investigate who he was and who he has become, the team gets to know their newest member.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "When the Music's Not Forgotten" by Deadman

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." — Andrew Carnegie
  • Aaron Hotchner: "A man is known by the silence he keeps." — Oliver Herford

Criminal Minds Episodes