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|“||Beg me not to.||„|
|~ Jeremy Andrus taunting one of his victims.|
Jeremy Andrus is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Limelight". He is a sadistic serial killer who comes to the attention of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) after his storage locker full of sadistic drawings and pornography is found at an auction.
He was portrayed by Christopher Allen Nelson.
While the specifics of his background are never revealed, his past is suggested. While profiling the then-unidentified killer, BAU Agents Derek Morgan and Emily Prentiss theorize that his descent into sociopathy began when a maternal figure either died or abandoned him; his anger at her for leaving him turned into a hatred of all women, and he developed sadistic fantasies of torturing and killing them. They also theorize that, with the onset of puberty, he began acting out sexually by committing misdemeanors such as voyeurism and indecent exposure.
Once his identity is revealed, it is established that Andrus works as an electrician, and uses electrical equipment to torture his victims to death. He murdered his first victim, Dana Andrews, in 2002, and killed one victim a month until 2008, when his bloodlust had grown so all-consuming that he needed to kill two victims at once.
His victims of preference are attractive, career-oriented women in their 20s and 30s, whom he resents for ignoring him. He abducts them, suspends them from the ceiling of his garage with rope, tortures them with electrical equipment, and finally strangles them. He also sometimes rapes them.
The contents of Andrus' self-storage unit are auctioned off when he stops paying rent, and the new owners call the police after finding sadistic drawings and violent pornography in it. Local FBI agent Jill Morris sees in the case a chance to boost her career, and plants a strand of her own hair in the storage unit so that the BAU will get involved. Sure enough, the police call in the BAU, and they profile the killer.
Andrus is excited by the newfound publicity, and becomes fixated on Morris. He leaves her an anonymous voicemail that leads the BAU to the burial sites of two of his victims. He then kidnaps reporter Kat Townsley, a friend of Morris' who has been covering the case, and emails Morris a scanned letter with the address to his garage. He makes Townsley call her, and kidnaps her as well when she tries to reach Townsley. He tortures both of them, and Townsley dies of her injuries. Just as he is about to kill Morris, the BAU, flanked by a SWAT team, burst in and arrest him. Morris tells him it is over, but he replies, "No, it'll never be over. Not for us."