The Creepiest Unsub In Criminal Minds Season 10

Peter Lewis aka Mr. Scratch (Bodhi Elfman) made his first appearance on “Criminal Minds” in Season 10. In a departure from its traditional episode set-up, the episode begins with three apparent killers in custody, all claiming to have been attacked by a “shadow monster” after smelling burning sage in the air. Spooked by their stories, the team races to find a connection as the BAU’s online network and infrastructure is destroyed. 

A traumatic past connection to Lewis’ parents, who fostered all the suspected killers, leads the team to Lewis. Finally, in a showdown with Lewis, even the indomitable Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) gives in to Lewis’ suggestive therapy and hallucinates his entire team being shot. Even as Lewis is caught in the end, the torture leaves a lasting impression on Hotchner — and fans, too.

On a Reddit thread discussing the scariest unsubs of the show, Mr. Scratch received several mentions. U/mccabebabe said, “Mr. Scratch, for the hallucination scene near the end. Still scares the crap out of me, every time, although I’ve seen it probably fifty times.” On another thread, u/geotraveling, like many others, explained why they liked the episode: “So far, one of my favorite episodes in ages!! The shadow figure reminds me of the monster from Insidious. I love the idea of this plotline too. Very innovative.”

With a horror-esque arc that eventually ended in Season 13, Mr. Scratch became one of the creepiest unsubs of the series.


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