"True Genius" is the eleventh episode of Season Seven and the 149th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to San Francisco when a series of murders leads the team to believe the possibility that the elusive "Zodiac Killer" might have returned. Meanwhile, Reid contemplates his own genius capabilities after he and Prentiss attend a seminar on violent crime hosted by the crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker
  • "Lonely World" by Jeremy Silver

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." — Benjamin Franklin
  • Spencer Reid: "There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy." — Dante


Criminal Minds Episodes
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