ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

I've been avidly following Criminal Minds since its inception in 2005, loving every moment of grisly murder and sassy quips. The show has an easily recognizable theme tune and a distinctive opening credits. As a fan of all things macabre, you probably clocked a few of the real life killers in the black-and-white mugshots behind the cast.

Check out the opening to season 12 and see how many of the real life killers you can name.

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The credits spin by so fast it's kind of hard to catch who is in the photos. Let's break it down a bit. The first two are incredibly infamous.

'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]
'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]

John Wayne Gacy (small image on the left) was a serial killer and rapist of 34 boys and young men. Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" was a serial killer, burglar and rapist of 14 women.

'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]
'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]

I don't know who the older guy is, but he sure looks like Jack Kevorkian! The blurry guy in the middle of the clearer pictures is also unknown. Two of the most famous American serial killers are shown here: Aileen Wuornos and Ted Bundy.

'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]
'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]

Above on the left: a more recent photo of an old David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Erik Menendez (who killed his parents at 18 with the help of his 21-year-old brother, Lyle).

Oh God, there are so many!

'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]
'Criminal Minds' season 12 [Credit: CBS]

From the left of the top row:

  • Charles Manson (cult leader)
  • ??
  • Charles Manson again, in a more recent picture
  • Theodore John Kaczynski ("The Unabomber" - a math genius who sadly used his great intellect in a series of idiotic domestic terrorist bombings)
  • Susan Smith (Killed her two young children and blamed it on a fictional "black man")
  • Mark David Chapman (Shot and killed John Lennon)
  • Erick Robert Rudolph ("The Olympic Park Bomber" - killed two people and injured 120 in a series of domestic terrorist attempts)
  • ??

From the left of the bottom row:

  • The same unidentified guy seen in the very top right.
  • "Kevorkian" Guy (again)
  • ??
  • Angelo Buono, Jr. & Kenneth Bianchi ("The Hillside Stranglers)
  • ??
  • Mark David Chapman again, in a more recent picture
  • ??

Let's hope that the real life BAU are good at what they do...

Poll

Please, please PLEASE can you identify any of the unknown killers in the 'Criminal Minds' credits?

(Poll image: CBS)

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