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I'm back with a vengeance. I wanted you to know. The last guy made it easy, being out so late, Stumbling home drunk. I enjoyed slicing around his organs. I thought about sending you one. He was asking to be ripped, don't you think, boss? Yours truly.
~ Sarah Danlin's letter to the FBI bragging abut her murders in the style of Jack the Ripper

Sarah Danlin is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Jones". She is a serial killer who preys on drunk men during Mardi Gras, seducing them, and then torturing and murdering them. She models her murders after those of the legendary, unidentified serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper".

She is portrayed by Simone Kessell.

Early life and first murders

Danlin is a medical student based in New Orleans, Louisiana, who was gang-raped in a bar called "Jones" in 1998 during Mardi Gras. She filed a police report, but the case went nowhere because one of the investigating detectives, J.R. Smith, was a family friend to one of the rapists, and so bullied her into dropping the charges. Irreparably traumatized, Danlin grew to hate all men - except for Smith's partner, Detective William LaMontagne Sr., who was kind to her and made a real effort to find her assailants - and became obsessed with taking revenge against the entire male sex. She also became fixated on the crimes of Jack the Ripper, seeing him as a role model for the murders she wanted to commit.

She began killing in 2005, luring a drunk man to her apartment in the French Quarter with promises of sex, only to incapacitate, torture, and kill him. She uses her medical training to eviscerate the man in a way that would cause him the most suffering.

She began killing men regularly, following them from bars, including from Jones, seducing them to an enclosed space, and killing them. She carves the word "Jones" into a nearby wall, referencing the place where her trauma originated. She also sends taunting letters to the police in another imitation of Jack the Ripper. Ironically, LaMontagne, who had transferred from sex crimes to homicide, was the chief investigator on the case. After he died during Hurricane Katrina, his son, Will Jr., took over the case, and eventually asked for help from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU).

Danlin, meanwhile, briefly moved to Galveston, Texas, where she killed another man using the same M.O.

In "Jones"

In 2007, Danlin returns to New Orleans and restarts her killings in the French Quarter. After she kills her sixth victim and removes his internal organs, the team realizes she is copying Jack the Ripper.

Will Jr. pores through his father's notes on the case, and finds recurring references to "Jones" - which, with the help of BAU agent Jennifer Jareau, he realizes is a reference to the bar. They talk to Smith and find out about the rape that occurred at Jones, and theorize that Danlin, the victim, is the killer.

They track her down to a motel, where she is about to kill a man she seduced. Held at gunpoint with a knife in her hand, Danlin begs them to kill her. Will buys time by telling her about his father's death, and how much he had cared about getting justice for her. Danlin bursts into tears, and surrenders. She is then presumably incarcerated or institutionalized.

Psychological Profile

Upon taking the case, the BAU forms a basic psychological profile of the killer: a "wound collector" whose rage is fed by a series of real or imagined slights. They theorize that the killer is an attractive woman with a history of sexual abuse, possibly at the hands of her father or a father figure. She seduces and kills men to get revenge for the trauma she suffered, using sex as a lure in order to regain her femininity and feel a sense of power in her attractiveness. She identifies with Jack the Ripper, whose identity has never been discovered, because she feels she has lost her own identity as a result of the abuse.

While much of this profile turns out to be correct, it is left ambiguous whether Danlin fits all the criteria; for example, it is never revealed whether she was the victim of sexual abuse prior to being raped.

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Adrian Bale | Bruno Hawks | Clara Hayes | Cory Bridges | David Walker | Donald Curtis | Eddie Mays | Edward Hill | Hassan Nadir | Jackson Cally & His Tribe | Jacob Dawes | L.D.S.K. | Maggie Lowe | Mark Gregory | Mary Mays | Pablo Vargas | Richard Slessman | Ted Bryar | The Fisher King | The Footpath Killer | The Fox | The Keystone Killer | The Seattle Strangler | The Tommy Killer | The Vigilante | Vincent Perotta | Vincent Shyer | Will Sykes


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Amber Canardo | Carl Buford | Charles Holcombe | Frank Breitkopf | Jamal Abaza | Jeffrey Charles | Kenneth Roberts | Lyov Lysowksy | Marcus Younger | Michael Earlson | Paul and Johnny Mulford | 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


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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


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Season 6
Ben Foster | Bill Thomas | Blake Wells | Brandon Stiles | 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 | 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 | Jonathan Ray Covey | Larry Feretich | Mark Jackson | Matt and Josh Moore | Paul Westin | Peter Harper | Phillip Connor | Raoul Whalen | Rodney Harris | Sera Morrison | Tess Mynock | The Replicator | The Silencer | Toby Whitewood | Tory Chapman | Willie Kestler


Season 9
Alan and Judith Anderson | Anton Harris | Carla Hines | 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 | Mecklinburg Rapists | Nicole Jones | Owen McGregor | Owen McGregor's Partners | Ronald Underwood | Sheila Harrison | Sue Walsh | Tanner Johnson | The Doctor | Wallace Hines | Wayne Gulino | William Harding | Woodsman Killer


Season 10
Alex Zorgen | Allen Archer | Andrew Ford | Benton Farland | Brian Stiller | Chad Griffith | 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 | Miss .45 | 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 | Miss .45 | Sebastian Hurst | Shelby Mattson | The Chameleon


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