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Do you see Mr. Scratch?
~ Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis, also known as "Mr. Scratch", is one of the two main antagonists of the CBS TV series Criminal Minds (along with The Reaper). He is a recurring serial killer by proxy, hacker, and stalker.

He is the main antagonist of the Season 10 episode "Mr. Scratch", the Season 11 episode "The Storm", the entire Season 12, and the Season 13 premiere "Wheels Up". He then serves as the posthumous overarching antagonist of the rest of Season 13.

He is portrayed by Bodhi Elfman.


Peter was born in Jacksonville, Florida on January 28, 1980. He was very intelligent and a genius in math. Peter's parents ran a home that took in kids waiting to find a foster family. During the 80's and the early 90's, at the height of the daycare sex abuse panic, a few of the foster children falsely accused Peter's father had dressed them up as the Devil and sexually abused them. Soon after this the police imprisoned Peter's father for child molestation; Peter himself was manipulated into testifying against him. Peter's father was killed in prison when Peter was thirteen.

Peter went on to attend Harvard, taking the highest classes of math. After this he was hired by the NSA. In 1992, Dr. Susannah Regan, the psychiatrist who spearheaded the investigation that sent Peter's father to prison, was discredited, and had to go into witness protection because she was getting death threats. Peter then began to seek revenge against Regan and the now-grown children who accused his father.

Peter takes his revenge by dosing his victims with a fear-inducing hallucinogen that makes them believe they are being attacked by a monstrous creature called "Mr. Scratch"; the drug also makes them extremely suggestible. He then orders them to kill a loved one to inflict on them the pain of losing a family member. The victims are then imprisoned for murder, their lives destroyed, even though they have no memory of what they did.

After Peter commits three such attacks, the BAU are brought on to the investigation. Peter targets another former foster child and tries to force him to kill his son, but the man's parental instinct overpowers Peter's commands, and he kills himself in order to spare his son. Peter hacks into the witness protection database to find Regan, causing a blackout. After the BAU find out he works for the NSA, Special Supervisory Agent Aaron Hotchner speaks to a NSA employee, finds out Peter's identity and deduces that Regan will be the next victim.

When Hotchner gets to Regan's house, Peter forces her to kill herself right in front of him, then drugs him. Peter then tries to get in Hotchner's head, making him hallucinate that Peter is killing his BAU colleagues. Hotchner then shoots at Peter, causing him to run and hide in the attic. When found, Peter surrenders, satisfied that he got in Hotchner's head.

Later Hotchner is arrested for conspiracy. Peter testifies against Hotchner through a recording, here he states that when he drugged him that Hotchner was laughing at his team members getting killed when hallucinating and that Peter was scared of him. After the cased is closed it is revealed that Peter was actually plotting a mass prison escape which released 13 serial killers, including himself.

With Peter now on the run he targets people with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). Peter kidnaps one such person, a serial killer named Daniel Cullen. He then goes to Arizona and found a patient named Brian Phillips. He brainwashes Brian into believing he is the "Crimson King" and makes him carve "BAU" into his stomach. He then makes him commit several crimes and steals a page of DID patients around the country. Peter then invites him into a house and tells him he has to go then shows Brian the real "Crimson King". Peter is then seen later finding his next victim.

After Arizona Peter began stalking Hotchner's son Jack, provoking Hotchner to go into witness protection with his son and leaving the BAU.

Later Peter kidnaps a DID patient and BAU member Tara Lewis' brother, Gabriel. Peter makes the DID patient believe that he is Gabriel while he keeps the real Gabriel in a warehouse. While investigating the BAU find a tape of Gabriel yelling "Luke". Peter is then seen wearing a gas mask saying "Luke can't help you now". When the BAU arrive at the booby trapped warehouse, Gabriel is alive, but Peter is long gone.

Peter is then the main suspect in framing BAU Agent Spencer Reid for murder. He is spotted in Honduras. Peter is mentioned many times during this case.

Peter then returns by texting Agent Derek Morgan posing as BAU Technical Specialist Penelope Garcia using her cloned phone number. Morgan was suspicious of this and informs the BAU. Garcia then traces the text and the team head to the location. When they are heading there Peter disables their SUVs with spikes and then he or a proxy ram into them with a semi-truck. After the crash, everyone except Stephen Walker lives. Peter drugged Special Supervisory Agent Emily Prentiss before kidnapping her and trying to get her to tell him where Hotchner is. After being tortured by hallucinations she breaks free and the team arrives. Reid and Peter exchange gunfire before Agent Luke Alvez gives chase. After another gunfight, a platform Peter is standing on breaks, causing him to fall. Hanging from the ledge, he asks for help, but loses his grip and falls to his death.

Peter is the mentioned many times and appears in flashbacks for the rest of the series.


Peter brainwashes people to kill instead of actually killing them himself. He does this by drugging them with a mixture of powerful dissociative agents. He targeted the people that caused his father's imprisonment but after this he usually targeted people with DID. When his victims are drugged they would hallucinate a "Monster" called "Mr. Scratch".


Peter is cunning, ruthless, and very manipulative. The traumatic loss of his father, and his unacknowledged guilt for testifying against him, bred in Peter a violent, insatiable need for revenge against the people who destroyed his family. To that end, he brainwashes them into killing those they love most.



  • Peter Lewis is the first killer to appear in more than two seasons.
  • Peter Lewis is the second killer to kill a main character.
  • Along with The Reaper, Peter Lewis is one of Hotchner's nemeses.
  • Peter Lewis is one of the most personal enemies of the BAU.

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Season 1
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Season 2
Amber Canardo | Carl Buford | Charles Holcombe | Frank Breitkopf | Hayden Rawlings | Jamal Abaza | Jeffrey Charles | Kenneth Roberts | Lyov Lysowksy | Marcus Younger | Michael Earlson | Mulford Brothers | Nathan Harris | Ronald Weems | Roy Woodridge | Sarah Danlin | Terrance Wakeland | The Fisher King | The Hollow Man | The Mill Creek Killer | The Stripping Bandit | Tobias Hankel | Tony Canardo | Vincent Stiles | William Lee

Season 3
23rd Street Killers | Anna Begley | Brian Matloff | Charlie Wilkinson | Chester Hardwick | Francis Goehring | Gary and Ervin Robles | Glen Hill | Henry Frost | Jason Clark Battle | Jeremy Andrus | Joe Smith | Lucky | Mike Hicks | Owen Savage | Peter Redding | Richard Jacobs | Ryan Phillips | Stanley Howard | Steven Fitzgerald | Susan Jacobs | The Campus Killer | The Have-You-Seen-Me Murderer | True Night

Season 4
Adam Jackson | Animal | Armando Ruis Salinas | Ben Abner | Benjamin Cyrus | Chad Brown | Chloe Kelcher | Claire Bates | Danny Murphy | "Diablo" | Eric Ryan Olson | Floyd Hansen | Gary Michaels | Henry Grace | Hugh Rollins | Ian Coakley | Leo Kane | Lucas Turner | Mason Turner | Megan Kane | New York Terrorist Cell | Paul Silvano | Robert Parker | Roderick Gless | Romani Family | Sam | Separatarian Sect | Shara Carlino | Sid Rutledge | Steven Baleman | The Angel Maker | The Reaper | The Road Warrior | Tommy Wheeler | Vincent Rowlings | William Harris

Season 5
Anita Roycewood | Arthur Malcolm | Bill Hodges | Boyd Schuller | Connor O'Brien | Dale Schrader | Darrin Call | Earl Bulford | Gina King | Joe Belser | John Vincent Bell | Miranda Dracar | Omar Morales | Owen Porter | Patrick Meyers | Prince of Darkness | Ray Campion | Robert Burke | Robert Johnson | Ronald Boyd | Samantha Malcolm | The Fox | The Hollow Creek Killer | The Reaper | The Reimanns | Tony Mecacci | Turner's Group | Wade Hatchett | William O'Brien | Will Summers

Season 6
Ben Foster | Bill Thomas | Blake Wells | Brandon Stiles | Colby Bachner | Drew Jacobs | Greg Phinney | Hollis Walker Jr. | Ian Doyle | James Barrett | James Stanworth | James Thomas | Jane Gould | Jeremy Sayer | Kaman Scott | Lucy (Criminal Minds) | Michael Kosina | Prince of Darkness | Ray Donovan | Rhett Walden | Robert Bremmer | Shane Wyland | Shelley Chamberlain | Steve | Sydney Manning | The Butcher

Season 7
Bill Rogers | Caleb Rossmore | Chase Whitaker | Chloe Donaghy | Chris Shelton | Clark Preston | Colonel Ron Massey | Curtis Banks | Ben Bradstone | Donald and Linda Collins | Dylan Kohler | George Kelling | Harvey Morell | Herman Scobie | Ian Doyle | Izzy Rogers | James Heathridge | J.B. Allen | Jeffrey Collins | Jimmy Hall | Lachlan McDermott | Lewis Ramsey | Lieutenant Tawes | Luke Dolan | Malcolm Ford | Margaret Hallman | Matthew Downs | Mike Janeczko | Randy Slade | Robert Adams | Rodney Garrett | The Face Cards | The Piano Man | The Womb Raider | Travis James | Trevor Mills

Season 8
Adam Rain | Arthur Rykov | Bryan Hughes | Carl Buford | Carl Finster | Chad Mills | David Roy Turner | Diane Turner | Donnie Bidwell | Ellen Russell | Emma Kerrigan | Jason Nelson | John Nelson | Mark Jackson | Matt and Josh Moore | Paul Westin | Peter Harper | Phillip Connor | Raoul Whalen | Rodney Harris | Sera Morrison | Darlene Beckett | Tess Mynock | The Replicator | The Silencer | Toby Whitewood | Tory Chapman | Willie Kestler

Season 9
Alan and Judith Anderson | Anton Harris | Carla Hines | Cesar Jones | Charles Johnson | Clifford Walsh | Colin Bramwell | Daniel Milworth | Daria Samsen | David Wade Cunningham | Eddie Lee Wilcox | Eric Carcani | Ian Little | Jesse Gentry | Joe Bachner | John Nichols | Justin Mills | Leland Duncan | Marvin Caul | Michael Hastings | Nicole Jones | Owen McGregor | Ronald Underwood | Sam Russell | Sheila Harrison | Sue Walsh | Tanner Johnson | Tivon Askari | Wallace Hines | Wayne Gulino | William Harding | Woodsman Killer

Season 10
Alex Zorgen | Allen Archer | Benton Farland | Brian Stiller | Claire Dunbar | Colin Dupley | Dale Shavers | Danny Stokes | Dinah Troy | Don Black | Donna Mangold | Donnie Mallick | Ellen Connell | Frank Cosgrove | Hayman Vasher | Jack Westbrook | James Burke | Jerry Tidwell | John David Bidwell | Jon Kanak | Justin Leu | Kyle Zorgen | Leo Jenkins | Marc Clifford | Miles Hendrick | Mr. Scratch | Patrick Butler | Patrick Jon Murphy | Peter Folkmore | Randall Jefferson Jones | Steven Parkett | The Mirror Man | Weeks

Season 11
Al Eisenmund | Andrew Meeks | Antonia Slade | Betty Wilson | Brian Cochran | Chazz Montolo | Claude Barlow | Dana Seavers | Eric Rawdon | Flora Martin | Giuseppe Montolo | Jacob DuFour | John Bradley | Johnson | Joseph Berzon | Lester Turner | Matthew Franks | Michael Thompson | Michael Peterson | Cat Adams | Mitchell Crossford | Mr. Scratch | Patrick Sorenson | Randy Jacobs | Robert Boles | Sam Burnett | Skull Tattoo Man | The Beantown Beheader | The Bomber | The Chemist | The Sniper | Tommy Larson | William Cochran | William Duke Mason | William Taylor

Season 12
Alan Crawford | Ben Davis | Bryce Jarvis | Cormac Burton | John David Bates | John Malone | Jonathan Rhodes | Kevin Decker | Kyle Ecklund | Lindsey Vaughn | Lionel Wilkins | Mark Tolson | Cat Adams | Mr. Scratch | Sara McLean | Stuart Barker | The Bone Crusher | The Crimson King | The Day/Night Killer | The Henson Twins | The Womb Raider | Zeke's Gang

Season 13
Asclepius | Caleb Sands | Cheryl Kaline | Desi Gutierrez | Gabriel Merza | Irene Jacobs | Jake Logan | Jess Carney | Josh Martin | Josh's Partners | Justin Franco | Kevin Peck | Kevon Winters | Lawrence Coleman | Lucky | Marcus Manning | Mark Henshaw | Mary Meadows | Melissa Miller | Michelle Gorman | Mr. Scratch | Mr. X | Sal Capilano | The Believers | The Central Park Ripper | The Messiah | The Neon Terror | Tony Capilano | William Lynch

Season 14
Arthur Brodie | Casey Allen Pinkner | Douglas Knight | Dustin Eisworth | Edward Addison | Eduardo Ramos | Elgin Family | Emmanuel Rask | Grace Lynch | Jacob Wallace | James and Marcus Wells | Jeremy Grant | Jordan Halloran | Mary Meadows | Roberta Lynch | Stephanie Carter | The Believers | The Chameleon | The Messiah | The Tall Man | Varnville Unsub | Wayne Hollis

Season 15
Beaumont Unsub | George Kyle Peters | Grace Lynch | Hayes Cullinan | Juliette Weaver | Louie's Gang | Louis Chaycon | Cat Adams | Sebastian Hurst | Shelby Mattson | The Chameleon