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Introducing a serial killer into a crime show makes sense. It adds a layer of intensity and intrigue and provides a reason for viewers to return at least for one more week. In "CSI," eight killers have challenged us to outwit their devious and demented minds and have entertained us. Who are these killers? Who are they really? What was their signature? Will there be more serial killers or a return of an already introduced killer? Let's examine the facts, the twists and the trends of the "CSI" killers and explore, "Will they return? Well, are they serial killers?"
The "CSI" Killers Chronologically
Introduced in the "Pilot" show and the very first episode, is the Bathtub Killer. The killer is fictional character Paul Millander. The next serial killer isn't introduced until the third season in "The Execution of Catherine Willows." The plot of this story twists between the supposed Blue Paint Killer and the real Blue Paint Killer.
In season six, the West siblings appear in "The Unusual Suspect." Technically, the siblings aren't serial killers but Hannah West is still alive and can pose a future threat.
The fascinating story line of Natalie Davis as the Miniature Killer began in season eight. Quickly following the questionable resolution of the Miniature Killer story in season nine the Dick and Jane Killer, Nate Haskell was introduced.
The Dr. Jekyll story line with killer, Charlie DiMasa, began and ended in season ten. However, season eleven began with the reintroduction of Nate Haskell and another serial killer, Sqweegel in episode four.
Serial Killer Quotes and Insights
Paul Milander portrayed by Matt O'Toole chooses and kills victims who have a birthday on
August 17th. A classic quote by Paul to Grissom is, "Aren't you wondering about your birthday?"
Hannah West is a fictional child prodigy portrayed by Juliette Goglia. When discussing her pending prosecution with Sara Sidle she demonstrates her attitude and arrogance with the statement, "Of course. He's a totally linear thinker. Most of you guys are."
A unique twist happened when the "CSI" writers tied two serial killers together-Nate Haskell and Charlie DiMasa. Symbolically, this appeared as intestines tied into a bow in "Meat Jekyll." The following quotes between the investigators however, tell it like it is.
"Bowtie pasta...tied with spaghetti."
"Haskells telling the truth. He knows who Jekyll is."
The story of Natalie Davis, the miniature killer portrayed by Jessica Collins, leaves us hanging. Natalie tells Grissom, "people who do bad things need to be punished." Later Grissom finds a miniature Natalie hanging from a floorboard. Is she really gone?
As for the current season, not much is available about Sqweekel. Basically, all we have are some confessions and impressions and "I am no one."
The remaining two killers, Kevin Greer (Taylor Nichols), the real Blue Paint Killer and John Mathers (Victor Bevine) both meet their end in the series. The final communication from Greer is a note. The note foretells the ending of their serial killing days quite succinctly, with one word, "Goodbye."
Dead or Alive
The "CSI" serial killer characters who have left the show permanently unless they are revived from beyond the grave are Dr. Jekyll (Charlie DiMasa), the Blue Paint Killer and his decoy (Kevin Greer and John Mathers), and the Bathtub Killer (Paul Millander). Still alive or possibly alive and a potential for reappearing in future episodes are Sqweegel (Ian Moore), the Dick and Jane Killer (Nate Haskell), Hannah West (Juliette Goglia), and the Miniature Killer (Natalie Davis).
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The West Siblings, Wikipedia
Juliette Goglia, Wikipedia
"Ghost Town," TV.com
"Ghost Town," IMDb
"CSI-Sqweegel" Season 11 Episode 4, Daemon TV
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", Wikipedia
Paul Millander Biography, Crimelab.NL
- Matt O Toole
- serial killer
- Sara Sidle
- fictional character
- Dr. Jekyll story