|Family||Mary Louise Breitkopf (mother; deceased)|
|No. of Victims|| 178-179 killed|
|Portrayed By||Keith Carradine|
|First Appearance||"No Way Out"|
"Beauty can cover a multitude of sins. But underneath, we all look exactly the same."
Frank was born the son of one Mary Louise Breitkopf, a German immigrant, and never knew his father. They lived together in an apartment in Manhattan. He was highly intelligent and, for that reason, had a number of specific needs. In order to be able to afford to care for her son's needs, Mary Louise resorted to prostitution; occasionally in her own home, at which point her son witnessed the encounters. Frank grew up to become a textbook sexual sadist, and when his mother died (possibly at Frank's hands), he left home, travelling around the U.S. with his trailer and killing people, funding himself with the possessions and money taken from his victims. Early in his career, he was in Golconda, Nevada, met a young woman named Jane and attempted to kill her, but when she was on his makeshift autopsy table, she looked into his eyes and felt calm, which completely turned him off. He would later claim he fell in love with her and regularly return to Golconda to leave her wind chimes made out of rib bones taken from his victims. Whenever he stopped by, he would also have a strawberry milkshake at a local diner. The BAU is summoned to investigate him when several of his latest murders are connected.
By the time the BAU investigate, Frank abducts Sheriff Georgia Davis when she is assigned to watch Jane, whose connection had been traced to Frank. He then goes to a remote diner, where he is recognized. This leads to Gideon and Morgan entering the diner to meet him and know the location of Sheriff Davis. Frank is interested in Gideon's name and explains to him what it means in mythological and biblical terms. When the two agents identify themselves and demand to know where Davis is, Frank calmly replies that he is going to finish his milkshake. Gideon then asks Frank if he would like to know how they caught him, just as police cars surround the diner. After Gideon says that a woman's suicide would have no emotional effect on Frank, Davis's husband, bursts into the diner and threatens Frank with a double-barreled shotgun. Frank eventually issues an ultimatum after handing a bag containing a man's decapitated head to Gideon.
Frank is led outside of the diner by Morgan and Gideon and are met by the local authorities, including Sheriff Davis, who had been found inside a trailer Frank used to kill his victims. She is traumatized, having witnessed Frank brutally murder a local. Frank then tells Gideon that if he is allowed to get away with Jane, he will reveal the location of a busload of children he has abducted (explaining the decapitated head; the victim was a school bus driver). Gideon is skeptical, but eventually believes that Frank would not actually harm children. Gideon drives the two of them to the desert and watches Frank and Jane as they share a disturbing kiss. By the time Gideon drops him and Jane off, Frank tells him that the children are two miles to the west. Gideon allows them to leave, locates the children, all unharmed, and calls for support. They follow Frank and Jane's footprints into the desert, where they disappear. Gideon declares, "We'll find him".
Frank later appears in the season finale at Maryland, where Gideon lives. Having accidentally lost Jane sometime ago, Frank decides to attract Gideon's attention, killing Gideon's girlfriend Sarah in Gideon's own apartment before calling him, saying, "What is your fascination with birds?" Before leaving Sarah's body behind at the scene, he cuts off one of her ribs and places it in her hand to tell the BAU that he had lost Jane and wants her back. Frank then murders Rebecca Bryant, the daughter and former hostage of budding serial killer Randall Garner and also abducts Tracy Belle, the would-be victim of young serial killer Jeffrey Charles. Gideon learns that Frank is now intent on killing all of the would-be victims that were rescued by him. When Gideon finally locates and confronts Frank in Manhattan, Jane appears and intervenes. Frank then grabs Jane's wrists, tells her he loves her, and the two jump onto nearby train tracks. A passing train instantly kills them. Tracy is rescued, but the events psychologically scar Gideon, eventually leading to his resignation from the BAU next season.
"Were you afraid? I've never felt the feeling of fear. Apparently I'm... incapable. Tell me, Rebecca. What does it feel like? Fear?"
Frank was profiled as a man in his mid to late 50s, listens to Beethoven, wears a corduroy jacket with a fleas-line collar and left handed. In a right pocket inside his jacket would be a notebook containing extensive details of the torture of every one of his victims. He is a textbook psychopath, incapable of feeling any empathy towards others, feel guilt or remorse, and claims no responsibility for his actions. Like others of his type, he is highly intelligent, manipulative, and narcissistic. The BAU discovers that he always travels east and west along the same highway (Interstate 80), and all of his victims were along his route.
Frank was known to have used ketamine on his victims to paralyze them, then would dissect and remove their organs while they were still awake and aware of everything that was going on, gaining pleasure from their fear. After their deaths, Frank would typically remove a single rib bone, which he would use to make wind chimes for Jane.
In the Season Two Making-Of documentary, Simon Mirren states that the inspiration for Frank came from the story of a man (whose name isn't revealed) who had created a makeshift torture chamber complete with torture instruments, video cameras, and a gynecology chair. Frank is also similar to serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades and suspected serial killer David Parker Ray in the sense that all three tortured their victims in trailers equipped to also act as torture chambers.
- New York City, New York: Mary Louise Breitkopf (his mother; presumably)
- 173 victims confirmed to be attacked by him prior to No Way Out, with only one survivor. They include:
- Sharon, Pennsylvania: V. Alberts (first name unrevealed)
- Flagstaff, Arizona: Francine Aurora
- Chicago, Illinois: U. Averys (first name unrevealed)
- Roseburg, Oregon: Evette Banner
- Denver, Colorado: Selma Brooks
- Brigham City, Utah: Benjamin Delherd
- Golconda, Nevada: Jane Hanratty (attempted; relented when she showed no fear)
- Fort Worth, Texas: Sally Hollister
- Tuma, Arizona: Clayton Little
- Morgana, Utah: Joan Norwich
- San Diego, California: Muriel Waltman
- New York City, New York: B. Wolcott (first name unrevealed)
- Unspecified location: An unidentified victim (was dumped in Golconda, Nevada)
- Golconda, Nevada:
- Reno Rodriguez
- Katherine Hale
- The school bus hijacking:
- The unnamed driver (killed)
- Numerous unnamed children (abducted; all were eventually rescued)
- Sheriff Georgia Davis (abducted; was rescued)
- Annie (killed her in front of Sheriff Davis as means of psychological torture)
- McLean, Virginia:
Frank: What's your name? Come on, names are a hobby of mine.
Gideon: Jason Gideon.
Frank: Jason. From Greek mythology, to heal. Gideon, a hero from the Old Testament who lead the Israelites against the Midianites. Your parents had great expectations of you. I'm Frank. Germanic, third century, derived from the name of a kind of spear. I wonder what expectations my parents had of me.
Frank: (to Morgan) If I had your looks, do you know how much easier my life would be?
Frank: (to Gideon, smiling) What's the psychopath got in the bag, Jason?
Frank: Magic time!
Gideon: If I ever find myself feeling what you feel, I'll kill myself.
Frank: Call me first, I'd love to pick your brains.
Frank: (while on the phone with Gideon) What is your fascination with birds, Jason?
Gideon: Who is this?
Frank: (ignoring Gideon) Paintings of birds, sketches of birds, books about birds...
Gideon: Frank, please, please don't hurt her.
Frank: Birds can be extremely single-minded in their pursuits. Almost... obsessed.
Frank: (to Rebecca) Did you know recent studies into female rape victims found a high proportion of them, later in life, are raped again?
Rebecca: No, I wasn't raped.
Frank: (ignoring Rebecca) It's almost as if, in them, they had a kind of... signal.
Frank: (to the BAU via phone) I regret to inform you that Rebecca's name should be moved to a new list.
Frank: (to the phone, in a calling voice) Jason...
Gideon: You son of a bitch. I swear to you, I will find you, and I will stop you.
Frank: Shhhh, Jason. I chose the station because I know how much you love trains. I saw the toys in your apartment.
(Frank hangs up)
Frank: Agent Hotchner! We haven't had the pleasure of a... formal meeting.
Hotch: Where is Tracy Belle?
Frank: Do you have something for me?
(Hotch hesitates for a moment)
Hotch: No I don't.
Frank: (calmly, facing away from Hotch) Then you'll never see her again.
Frank: (to Jane) I love you.
Jane: I love you too.
(The two jump on the railroad tracks in spite of Gideon's protests and are killed by a passing train)
- Frank seems to have a considerable amount of knowledge with the meaning of names, saying names were a hobby of his, as revealed in No Way Out, in which Frank describes Gideon's name. The name Jason is from Greek mythology, meaning "To Heal". The name Gideon is a hero in the Old Testament, who led the Israelites against the Midianites. His own name, Frank, is 3rd-century Germanic, derived from the name of a type of spear.
- In The Last Word, Prentiss mentions the existence of a yet-to-be-unidentified "I-80 Killer" targeting co-eds in Indiana. Frank would search for victims while traveling along that particular highway. In the same episode, Reid mentions that it's very rare for two independent serial killers to be active within the same area.
- In the TV series Dexter, Keith Carradine portrays FBI agent Frank Lundy, a profiler who appears in Season 2 and Season 4. In season 4, he investigates the case of a serial killer who has been killing all over the U.S. for decades without his murders being connected, not unlike Frank Breitkopf.
- Though Gideon calls Frank "the most prolific serial killer ever", there is evidence that real-life serial killer Harold Shipman, a.k.a. "Dr. Death", killed around 250 people and is believed to have killed many more, his victim count rivaling Frank's. Pedro López confessed to over 300 murders; when a flash flood uncovered a mass grave were the bodies of his victims were found, he was believed to have killed 110-300+ murders. Amelia Dyer, a 19th century serial killer who has 247 murders attributed to her and may have killed as many as 400. Also, Elizabeth Báthory, the Blood countess of Hungary, is attributed with as many as 650 victims, although it is possible she may have been a victim of conspiracy and may have been innocent.
- Season Two
- Season Three
- Season Four
- Omnivore (referenced)
- Season Six
- Supply and Demand (indirectly referenced)
- Season Eight