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David Roy Turner
Name David Roy Turner
Gender Male
Birth Date January 17, 1962
Family Nate Turner (father; deceased)
Occupation Groundskeeper
Part-time bartender
Pathology Serial Killer
Thrill Killer
Modus Operandi Varied
No. of Victims 3 killed
2 attempted
1 assaulted
Status Deceased
Portrayed By Matthew Lillard
First Appearance "The Apprenticeship"

"When we started this thing, I didn't know if you had it in you. But the last couple nights, you've come a long way. I'm proud of you, Toby. I really am."

David Roy Turner was a serial killer and copycat who was the dominant partner of a two-person killing team. He appeared in Season Eight of Criminal Minds.


David's father Nate was a boat mechanic in Miami and died twelve years prior to "The Apprenticeship". In 2002, David was arrested for assaulting an underage male prostitute and was put on a work detail with another inmate named Rudy Stein, who had killed a number of prostitutes in New York and tutored him on how to kill without getting caught. They maintained close contact after David was released in 2006. When Rudy died of a massive stroke in prison on July 2011, David snapped and decided to tutor a young killer just as Rudy had taught him. Sometime on or prior to October 2012, he came across the budding psychopath Toby Whitewood, who had been murdering dogs in the neighborhood and whom David somehow identified as the killer. Gaining Toby's trust by rescuing him from a teenage boy named José Aguilar when he attacked him while saving a dog, David started teaching Toby how to be a killer. All the while, he began developing secretive feelings for Toby.

The ApprenticeshipEdit

See section on the David Turner and Toby Whitewood page

Modus OperandiEdit

David mimicked Rudy Stein's method of killing, which involved snatching prostitutes in their early twenties off the street, intimidating them into compliance. He would then kill them with a blow to the head by a hammer, although he tortured his second victim, Shawna Radford, by wrapping a plastic bag over her head beforehand, something incorporated by Toby. In the case of his first victim, Vicky Thomas, he repeatedly bit her before killing her, dumped her body in a dumpster, placed a plastic bag over her head post-mortem, and rolled the body around in garbage as a forensic countermeasure. After killing his first two victims, he dumped their bodies in areas they did not operate in. When he killed Toby, he strangled him with his bare hands in a blind fit of rage. When he attempted to kill José Aguilar, he clubbed him over the head with a hammer, and he tried to do the same with Hollie Riggio, but was stopped by the BAU before he could.


See section on the David Turner and Toby Whitewood page

Real-Life ComparisonEdit

David's second murder seems to have been based on the M.O. of the Grim Sleeper. Like David, the Sleeper targeted a prostitutes, solicited her as a ruse, dumped her bodies in a dumpster, and covered it in trash.

Known VictimsEdit

  • June 3, 2001: Unnamed male prostitute (assaulted)
  • 2012:
    • October: José Aguilar (attempted, but survived; was non-fatally clubbed with a hammer)
    • November 6: Vicky Thomas (bit repeatedly, clubbed with a hammer, and placed a plastic bag over her head post-mortem)
    • November 6-7: Shawna Radford (killed together with Toby; tortured with suffocation and fatally clubbed with a hammer)
    • November 7:
      • Toby Whitewood (partner; manually strangled)
      • Hollie Riggio (attempted to club with a hammer)


  • Matthew Lillard previously portrayed Stu Macher, one of the two original identities of the serial killer Ghostface, in the slasher film Scream.


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