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"To Bear Witness" is the fourth episode of Season Nine and the 190th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU meets their new section chief, Mateo Cruz, who, unbeknownst to them, shares a long work history with JJ. Cruz joins the team as they comb the streets of Baltimore for an abductor who leaves victims unable to communicate.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift." — Mary Oliver
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live." — Norman Cousins


  • Though this was the fourth episode to air, this was the third produced episode.
Criminal Minds Episodes