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|“||My last hope is that you finish what we started.||„|
|~ Burke's last message to Juliet.|
Robert Burke is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "...A Thousand Words". He is a serial killer and rapist who manipulates a young woman, Juliet Monroe, into finishing his "sequence" of murders before committing suicide.
He was portrayed by John Thaddeus.
Born in 1967, Burke is obsessed with raping teenage girls, and is arrested twice for attempted rape but is not convicted. In 1991, he is convicted of rape and is sentenced to eight years in prison. While incarcerated, he meets Juliet Monroe, the daughter, and victim, of child molester Morris Monroe, Burke's cellmate. Burke manipulates Juliet, who had been conditioned by her father to allow older men to do whatever they wanted with her, into becoming his lover, and impregnates her following his release in 1999. Their child dies, however, which makes Juliet even more more dependent on him.
Soon after being released from prison, Burke begins kidnapping and raping teenage girls, and has Juliet help him take and kill the girls. They hold each victim prisoner in their house for a year, with Burke sexually abusing them the whole time, before they kill her to "tie up loose ends". He also impregnates Juliet again.
In 2011, Burke becomes a prime suspect in the kidnapping of Rebecca Daniels, his latest victim, because police had discovered that he is a sex offender and had been issued a parking ticket near the site where Rebecca had disappeared, at approximately the same time. Knowing that it is just a matter of time before he is sent back to prison, this time for life, he decides to commit suicide, but not before he has ensured his "legacy" as a killer.
He rents a storage space, creates a montage of newspaper clips about the missing girls, and writes several journals describing his murders in graphic detail and urging Juliet to continue his "sequence" of murders. He then calls 9-11, provides emergency responders with the address of the storage space, and commits suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is called in to investigate the murders, and fortunately are able to find Juliet and arrest her before she can kill their latest victim, Rebecca Daniels. They also rescue Juliet's newborn child with Burke.