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In Criminology, a Copycat is a criminal who mimics the crimes, M.O.s, or victimologies of another criminal. It is theorized that criminals of this type copy the crimes of others in order to find their own "style"--or lack thereof.
On Criminal MindsEdit
- Season One:
- Season Two:
- Season Three:
- Season Four:
- Chloe Kelcher ("The Angel Maker") copied Cortland Bryce Ryan.
- Shara Carlino ("The Angel Maker") attempted to copy Cortland Bryce Ryan, but failed.
- Floyd Hansen ("Paradise") copied Clint Barnes for his first murder in order to frame him.
- Eric Olson ("Zoe's Reprise") initially copied the styles of many real-life serial killers, such as Jack the Ripper, David Berkowitz, The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, etc.
- Season Seven:
- Robert Adams ("Painless") copied the bomb design used by school shooter and bomber Randy Slade, as well as a notable aspect of Slade's M.O.
- Caleb Rossmore ("True Genius") copied several of the Zodiac Killer's murders.
- Herman Scobie ("Unknown Subject"), in an attempt to pass off as him, partially copied the serial rapist Hamilton Bartholomew, a.k.a. "The Piano Man".
- Dylan Kohler ("Divining Rod") partially copied Rodney Garrett during the former part of his killings.
- Season Eight:
- John Curtis ("The Silencer", "The Apprenticeship", "Magnificent Light", "Zugzwang", "Broken", "Carbon Copy", "Brothers Hotchner" and "The Replicator") partially copied the M.O.'s of unsubs the BAU apprehended during the course of Season Eight, as well as the Amerithrax case.
- David Roy Turner ("The Apprenticeship") copied the M.O. of Rudy Stein, which he taught to Toby Whitewood.
- Willie Kestler ("Perennials") partially copied Russell Smith.
- Donnie Bidwell ("Carbon Copy") incorporated the M.O.'s of two killers into his M.O.: Jack Lee Kemper and Bryan Hughes.
- Season Nine:
- Season Ten:
- Season Eleven:
- Season Twelve:
Real World Edit
- Veronica Compton (attempted copycat of Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi)
- Heriberto Seda (copycat of the Zodiac Killer)
- Seito Sakakibara (copycat of the Zodiac Killer)
- Stella Nickell (copycat of the Tylenol Killer)
- Shawn Lester (copycat of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo)
- Charles McCoy Jr. (copycat of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo)
- Derek Brown (copycat of Jack the Ripper)