"Ashes and Dust" is the nineteenth episode of Season Two of Criminal Minds.


A serial arsonist who targets the homes of upper-middle-class families as they sleep is investigated. The BAU determines the arson victims are linked together via corporate development companies that have been accused of building on contaminated land.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Boadicea" by Enya
  • "Grey Room" by Damien Rice

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul." – John Calvin
  • Aaron Hotchner: Gandhi said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Criminal Minds Episodes