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Name Brian Matloff
Alias The Blue Ridge Strangler
Gender Male
Birth Date 1971
Family Nina Moore (neé Genesee; biological mother)
Unnamed adoptive parents
Unnamed half-siblings
Occupation Forest Service employee
Pathology Serial Killer
Modus Operandi Strangulation
No. of Victims 4 killed
2 assaulted
Status Incarcerated
Portrayed By Eric Lange
First Appearance "Tabula Rasa"

"Your honor... every day I waken to this, uh... nightmare of not knowing who or... what I am, and if this test can really help me remember, then whatever the consequences, I... I want to do it. I have to."

Brian Matloff, a.k.a. "The Blue Ridge Strangler", is a serial killer who briefly suffered from amnesia in Tabula Rasa.

Background Edit

Matloff was the son of Nina Genesee, a Native American woman who put him up for adoption due to her young age. He was then adopted and raised Polish Catholic by his foster-turned-adoptive parents. He eventually graduated from college or a university. Some time later, he was employed by the United States Forest Service in the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2003, he was somehow able to track down his birth mother (now married and named Nina Moore), presumably through a private detective. He wanted to reconnect to some degree, such as calling once in a while and maybe meeting around the holidays, but she wasn't able to do so for emotional reasons. Being rejected by his mother caused Brian to start studying Native American culture and mythology and also triggered his serial killing, which began in 2004. After four murders, of which the authorities were aware of three, the BAU and their then-new agent, Reid, were able to track him down by narrowing down the list of Forest Service employees. When they did so, they discovered that Matloff, who was the type of offender who needed to insert himself into the investigation, had come forward as a witness. Then, a SWAT team, led by Hotch and Morgan, raided his apartment. Matloff attempted to flee by jumping from the building's roof to the adjacent building's, but wasn't able to jump far enough and barely hung onto the edge. Morgan jumped across in an attempt to save him, but was too late; Matloff lost his grip and fell. He survived the fall but slipped into a coma. During this time, his adoptive parents disowned him.

Tabula Rasa Edit

In 2008, Matloff woke up with focal retrograde amnesia, unable to remember anything about his past, not even his name. Despite this, he was put on trial, with Hotch being the prosecution's strongest witness. Matloff's lawyer, Lester Sterling, based a lot of the defense on the fact that the arrest was made mostly because of the BAU's profile, despite the fact that there was no trace evidence or any witnesses (the star witness, a heroin addict, having died from an overdose in 2006). Hotch was, however, able to counter the claims that profiling was mostly, as Sterling put it, "intellectual guesswork", by accurately profiling him about his gambling habits. As the trial had progressed, Matloff had started to remember more and more about his past, including the murders. He even drew pictures from his memory and wrote notes in his cell. After Nina Moore came forward during his trial, Matloff escaped from captivity and went back to Linville Falls in the Blue Ridge Parkway, where his very first victim was buried. Held at gunpoint by Hotch, Reid, and local police, he confessed to the murders and to remembering everything. Overcome with remorse, he then contemplated suicide but was talked down by Hotch, who said, "Brian, the court may show you mercy, but you have to earn it. If you believe you're a different person, then prove it and do the right thing". Matloff then pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Profile Edit

The unsub's murders were all opportunistic; his apparent familiarity with the area and ability to kill victims with no signs of blitzing them implicated he was a figure of authority, such as a park ranger. The unsub was also meticulous to the point of paranoia and, as such, would probably insert himself into the investigation. The victims being buried facedown was originally believed to be a sign of remorse, though it was later discovered Matloff actually did it because it was a Native American tradition, one that was believed to stop the spirits of the dead from returning to haunt their killer. By burying his victims in shallow graves at his workplace, the unsub was able to return to them to relive the murders and, as the kills were all consistent and showed no signs of a learning curve, it was believed the unsub may have had more victims than the ones who were accounted for. Matloff being rejected by his biological mother was his stressor, and he took out the rage he felt over being forsaken by her out on random women he encountered. It was also mentioned Matloff was a textbook loner (someone with no meaningful relationships).

Modus Operandi Edit

Matloff would attack young, brunette, female joggers. He would approach them using his authority as a Forest Service employee and then strangle them with his belt. He would bury them face-down (a reference to Native American burial rites) in shallow graves, making it possible for him to relive the murders by visiting the sites, and take some piece of jewelry from them (like a watch, ring, or a wrist bracelet). He would then send the items to his birth mother, Nina Moore, as gifts.

Real-Life Comparison Edit

Matloff appears to have been based off of serial killer David Berkowitz, a.k.a. the Son of Sam, as both were adopted by a Polish-Catholic couple and began killing due to resentment they felt for their birth mothers and towards other women.

Known Victims Edit

  • Unspecified dates in 2004:
    • Unnamed victim (her body was found on May 14, 2008)
    • Celeste Ferami
    • April Sutherford
    • Darci Corbett
  • May 14, 2008:
    • Unnamed prison guard (assaulted while escaping)
    • Unnamed female motorist (assaulted; nearly broke her wrist while carjacking her)

Appearances Edit

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