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I'm already dead.
~ Owen as he prepares to die in a "blaze of glory"

Owen Savage is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Elephant's Memory". He is an angry teenage outcast who goes on a killing spree to get even with everyone in his small town whom he feels has wronged him.

He is portrayed by Cody Kasich.


Owen was born and raised in the small town of West Bune, Texas. His alcoholic mother died in a drunk driving accident when he was 11, leaving him to be raised by his domineering father, West Bune's deputy sheriff, who constantly demeaned him as "stupid". Owen is in fact very bright, with a gift for math, science, and computer technology; however, he has an undiagnosed learning disorder that makes it very difficult for him to read and understand spatial relations, and so he got bad grades in English, History and Geometry.

He was also severely bullied - at one point, three members of the school's football team forced him to masturbate on camera as an "initiation" into the team, and then put the video on the Internet. The school did nothing to discipline the bullies, and Owen's father blamed him for what they did to him. Ironically, he had only wanted to be on the football team to please his father.

The one person in Owen's life he cares for is his girlfriend, Jordan, whom he sees as his soulmate; both have learning disabilities and abusive fathers, both are bullied for being "stupid" and "weird", and both lost their mothers at a young age. The two make a plan to leave West Bune together and never return - and, unbeknownst to Jordan, Owen plans to get even with the entire town before they leave.

In "Elephant's Memory"

Owen steals a cache of his father's firearms, and plants homemade explosives in front of the Norris residence, killing Jordan's father when he walks into his front yard smoking a cigarette. He makes it look like Jordan had died in the explosion by planting her clothes at the scene, stuffed with meat. When two local police officers arrive at the scene, Owen kills them both with an automatic rifle. Finally, he goes home and kills his father by shooting him in the face at point blank range.

Owen then kills Kyle Borden, a 19-year-old former student who had taken advantage of Jordan when she was a freshman and bragged about it to everyone in school. Owen also kills the three students who videotaped him years earlier, shooting them execution-style and dumping their bodies in a nearby lake. He records these three murders with Jordan's phone and uploads the footage onto the school's social network.

The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) arrives at West Bune after the massacre at the Norris residence, and they theorize that Owen will eventually kill himself while taking as many people with him as he can. Considering Owen a lost cause, Special Supervisory Agents David Rossi and Aaron Hotchner plan to get Jordan to abandon him and thus take away his only reason for living, in the hopes that he will commit suicide alone without hurting anyone else. However, Agent Spencer Reid, who was also bullied in high school and so identifies with Owen, tries to convince his colleagues that he can persuade him to give himself up peacefully.

Meanwhile, Owen takes Jordan - who is completely unaware of the murders - to a local rancher's home, believing the rancher to be out of town. When the rancher unexpectedly returns home early, however, Owen panics and kills him. Meanwhile, Agents Emily Prentiss and Jennifer Jareau convince Jordan's friend Eileen to warn her via text message that Owen will eventually kill her. When Jordan defends Owen, Eileen sends her the video of Owen killing the three bullies. Horrified, Jordan runs outside, only to see Owen burying the rancher's body. Terrified and heartbroken, Jordan gets in the rancher's truck and drives away, leaving Owen completely alone.

Now believing he has nothing left to live for, Owen walks into town, intent on giving Jordan his mother's necklace before killing as many people as he can and committing suicide. Reid intercepts him, however, and tries to talk him down, saying that he understands what Owen has suffered. While talking to Owen, Reid blocks his fellow agents' line of fire, endangering his life and (unintentionally) theirs. Finally, Reid tells Owen that if he commits suicide, he will be abandoning Jordan just like his mother abandoned him. This touches what remains of Owen's humanity, and he surrenders. Reid leads Owen into the police station, where he gives Jordan his mother's necklace before being led away in handcuffs. Owen is presumably imprisoned for the murders.

Psychological profile

Rossi theorizes that Owen is an "injustice collector", a type of mass killer who has spent years nursing grudges against everyone they feel has wronged them, and who commits a large-scale act of violence to avenge every real or imagined slight or insult they have ever received. What separates him from other school shooters and mass murderers, however, is that he has a reason to live - his love for Jordan.

Rossi and Reid also note that Owen is a huge fan of the late country singer Johnny Cash, identifying with Cash's image as a solitary, misunderstood "Man in Black". Reid is able to predict Owen's plan to kill as many people as he can by remembering the opening lyrics to Cash's song "When the Man Comes Around": "There's a man goin' round, taking names/And he decides who to free, and who to blame/Everybody will be treated all the same/There'll be a golden letter reaching down/When the man comes around".


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