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You should have made the deal.
~ Foyet, a.k.a. The Reaper, before shooting Hotchner.
After I finish you, I'm gonna find that little bastard son of yours, and I'm gonna show him both of his dead parents, and I'm gonna tell him it was all your fault.
~ The Reaper to Hotchner.

George Foyet, also known as The Boston Reaper or just simply as The Reaper, is one of the few recurring serial killers in the TV series Criminal Minds, and one of the major enemies of the BAU unit. He appears as the main antagonist of The Reaper Arc of both Seasons 4 and 5.

He was portrayed by C. Thomas Howell, who also played Will Magnus in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Professor Zoom in the DC Animated Movie Universe.


George Foyet has no conscience or remorse, and has a pathological need to inflict pain and suffering; he particularly hates couples and other people who have meaningful relationships, and often chooses such people as his victims.  This stems from his abusive childhood, in which his father beat him while his mother did nothing to protect him. He is highly intelligent, resourceful, and manipulative, and knows how to cover his tracks and avoid capture. The best example would be when he stabbed himself several times and stole the identity of one of his victims. He is also a hebephile, and takes special pleasure in torturing and murdering teenage girls.

He harbors an obsessive hatred of Behavioral Analysis Unit Agent Aaron Hotchner, and enjoys playing psychological cat-and-mouse games with him. Due to his hatred of him, Foyet did change his M.O while dealing with him. Rather than shooting him like he did with his other male victims, George planned on making him suffer by shooting his ex-wife Haley. This contradicts his previous method of killing his victims as he usually prolonged the suffering of his female victims.



Foyet was born in 1968 to an abusive father and a submissive mother who did nothing to protect her son from her husband's frequent outbursts of violent rage. Foyet hated his father for hurting him and his mother for failing to protect him, and developed a hatred of couples in general. He ultimately murdered both his parents, and became a serial killer preying on couples, nicknamed "The Reaper" in the press.

Ten years before the events of Season 4 episode "Omnivore", FBI Agent Aaron Hotchner and a detective named Shaughnessy were tracking down the Reaper. However, once Shaughnessy finally found the killer, he made a deal with him to stop hunting each other down, causing the Reaper to go underground.

Modus Operandi

The Reaper usually assaults and murders couples on highways. However, as the BAU tracks him down more and more, his methods become more and more brutal, targeting several people at once, until he finally sets his aim on Agent Hotchner's ex-wife and son.

Criminal Minds

Tracking down the Reaper

Hotchner and his team return to Boston to find out that Shaughnessy is dying, which will void the Reaper's deal. Sure enough, after Shaughnessy dies, the Reaper starts killing again, leaving a single survivor behind, revealed to be George Foyet himself. The team offers him protection from the killer, but he refuses to leave Boston. Hours later, Hotchner receives a call from the Reaper, who proposes the same deal he made before, but the agent refuses. Angered, the Reaper steps into a coach bus and kills everyone on board, leaving Foyet's three addresses written in blood on the windows. Agent Derek Morgan goes to the latest address to try and stop Foyet, who knocks him unconscious and leaves a bullet at the crime scene to taunt the team.

Rivalry with Aaron Hotchner

The team's analyst, Penelope Garcia, crosses references Foyet with the Reaper, which connects the two and finally allows the team to declare them as the same person. In the meantime, a true crime reporter interviews Foyet, who holds him a gunpoint once he says the Reaper was found dead. The BAU traces the reporter's cell phone to Foyet's apartment and manages to arrest him, only for him to escape prison by faking a blood loss and getting to the infirmary, escaping through there.

At the Season 4 episode "...And Back", the Reaper surprises Hotchner at his house and shoots him off-screen. In Season 5, Hotchner is rushed to the hospital, although under Morgan's name, an attempt by the Reaper to legally declare Hotchner dead. Flashbacks reveal that the Reaper actually shot the wall next to Hotchner and beat him up and stabbing him nine times. The BAU immediately places Hotchner's ex-wife Haley and his son Jack under US Marshall Service protection.

Final attack and death

The final clash with the Reaper occurs in Season 5's episode "100". The team traces down one of the Reaper's aliases, Peter Rhea, and find his apartment empty, although loaded with empty gun briefcases. They go to the home of the Marshal in charge of Haley's protection, but find him on the floor, mortally wounded. As Hotchner follows him in an ambulance, the marshal tells him that Foyet took his cell phone and called Haley, posing as a Marshal to trick her into meeting him, telling her that Hotchner was killed and they need to relocate, tricking her into going to her own house with her son. Hotchner rushes there while Foyet forces Haley to call him at gunpoint. Garcia hacks into the frequency so the others can also hear it. Hotchner tells his son, in code, to hide in a hope chest until he gets home, and says a tearful goodbye to Haley as Foyet shoots her dead.

Finally getting to his home, Hotchner finds Haley's body on her bedroom, and Foyet behind a curtain, immediately firing at him. However, after Hotchner falls, Foyet sees he is wearing a bulletproof vest. Foyet counterattacks, and a fight ensues between the two. Foyet threatens to kill Hotchner's son, but Hotchner manages to get the upper hand and pin Foyet down. Foyet begs for mercy, but an enraged Hotchner beats him to death.


  1. Mr. Foyet
  2. Mrs. Foyet
  3. Amanda Bertram
  4. Henry Alan Ward
  5. Renata Joyce
  6. Keira Calder
  7. Unknown Victim
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  23. Nina Hale
  24. Evan Harvey
  25. Arthur Lanessa
  26. Diana Lanessa
  27. Unnamed Bus Driver
  28. Unnamed Bus Rider
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  33. Unnamed Bus Rider
  34. Michael O'Mara
  35. Sam Kassmeyer
  36. Haley Brooks





  • He is one of the few recurring killers in the series, as well as one of the most personal enemies in Hotchner's life.
  • Foyet, along with Peter Lewis, is one of the most brutal and dangerous villains to be featured on the show as he has killed and attempted to kill over 30 people. 
  • Foyet appeared in Hotchner's hallucination in the Season 9 episode "Route 66" and then later to BAU Agent Spencer Reid in the series finale "And in the End...".

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