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"To A Better Place" is the second episode of Season Thirteen and the 279th overall of Criminal Minds.


When the remains of three people are found in suitcases, the BAU works to profile what is causing the unsub to devolve.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: Serial killer Carl Panzram said, "I believe the only way to reform people is to kill them."
  • Spencer Reid: "You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that they will somehow connect in your future." – Steve Jobs


  • This episode marks the second of only three times in the show's history where a real-world criminal is cited as one of the episode's bookended quotes. The others are:
    • Season Two
      • "The Big Game" - Family annihilator Perry Smith is quoted by Gideon saying: "I didn't have anything against them, and they never did anything wrong to me, the way other people have all my life. Maybe they're just the ones who have to pay for it."
    • Season Fifteen
      • "Family Tree" - Serial killer Ted Bundy is quoted by Everett Lynch saying: "We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow."

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