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"We've been talking about this for YEARS! And now you're just gonna bail on me for some bitch?!"

Lester Turner was an ephebophilic spree killer, budding serial rapist, and robber who appeared in Season Eleven of Criminal Minds.


Turner was formerly a resident of Lubbock, Texas. When he was sixteen, he raped a fifteen-year-old girl and made her twelve-year-old brother watch him commit the act before attacking the boy and causing great bodily injury to him. He was sentenced to nine years, the first two in juvenile detention and the remaining seven at Texas State Prison. During his incarceration in Texas State Prison, Turner shared a cell block with Benjamin Wade and William Duke Mason, who were imprisoned since 2010 for a robbery at an El Paso gas station where the clerk was killed. He became extremely close with Mason after he saved him from being shanked by another inmate and was implied to have developed homosexual feelings for him. They talked about opening a motorcycle shop together in Mexico after being released from prison. Turner was released from prison in 2014, followed by Mason one month prior to "Outlaw". The two then decided to commit a crime spree based on the one Mason planned to follow with Wade before their arrest.


After Mason and Turner commit a robbery at Dee's Original Diner, they take the three night-shift employees hostage and kill them. They leave the place on their motorcycles just as the place is set on fire. Turner and Mason settle in a motel for the night. The next morning, while Mason counts the stolen money, Turner inhales drugs purchased with the money. When Mason leaves the motel to see Tammy, Turner goes to the local pharmacy and takes Randy McAdams, the pharmacist, and his niece Jane, the cashier, hostage. When he does, he picks up some pharmaceutical drugs and injects himself with them. Then, he kills Jane in front of Randy before killing him as well. When Turner returns to the motel, Mason asks him where he has been, and he replies that he went out to the pharmacy. Realizing what he had done, Mason becomes enraged, but Turner shakes off his response, adding that he was expecting Mason to thank him. They both leave town and stop by at a gas station. After the clerk holds Mason at gunpoint in self-defense, Turner steps inside and shoots him, then takes the money from the register while Mason shoots out the security cameras. Seconds later, Mason spots a boy and his father. Turner spots them as well and tries to shoot them, but Mason convinces him to stop.

Turner and Mason are next seen parking their motorcycles on the side of the road after fleeing the gas station. Turner furiously asks Mason why he didn't shoot the boy. Mason replies that he doesn't kill kids, but Turner tells him that the boy is a witness. He then asks Mason why he didn't shoot the father, and Mason answers that the boy needs his father. This causes Turner to realize Mason is having second thoughts about the crime spree and wonders if he has something planned without him. Mason confirms this, saying that it was time for the both of them to split up. Deducing the visit with Tammy had a factor in this development, Turner tells Mason about their plan and insults Tammy, calling her a "bitch", prompting Mason to punch him and leave him on the side of the road. Hours later, Turner come across Mason, Tammy, and their son Cole in a campground in the local woods. Turner introduces himself to Tammy, stating that he is Mason's partner. When Mason tells him to back off, the BAU and police show up. Not wanting to go back to jail, Turner engages them in a gunfight along with Mason. He is eventually shot once and critically wounded by Chief Raul Montoya. Falling to the ground, he instructs Mason to get his gun before dying of his wound.

Modus OperandiEdit

During his robbing and killing spree, Turner operated with Mason in all of his crimes except for the one at the pharmacy. During the Dee's Original Diner robbery, he emulated Mason and Wade's original robbery at the Burger Corral, restraining the night staff (all teenagers) right after closing hours (the males were tied up with their own belts and electrical wires, while Renee Acosta was tied up with her own underwear), raping Renee, and killing them with single gunshot wounds to the head fired by a handgun. He then stole the money from the register and the safe and set fire to the restaurant and the victims' bodies as a forensic countermeasure. The only distinction from the original crime was that he forced the victims to watch each other be killed by him while seated as a form of psychological torture, which was a signature for most of his crimes.

During his solo robbery and killings at the pharmacy, he forced Jane McAdams to watch him shoot her uncle Randy, but didn't rape her. He also didn't set the pharmacy on fire as a forensic countermeasure. Also, besides stealing the money from the register, he stole methamphetamine hydrochloride, some of which he injected himself with before killing the pharmacy staff and taking the remainder to share with Mason.


During his incarceration in Texas, Turner met Mason and Wade, and after Turner and Mason were released, their partnership was formed. It is believed that Turner has gone to Las Vegas with Mason to help him to emulate the original success he had with Wade. He is a methamphetamine user so it is likely the limbic systems in his brain have been damaged. This is disconcerting, because it can dramatically alter his behavior, give rise to a series of psychopathic tendencies, and eventually turn into an advanced psychosis. The dynamic between him and Mason is rare, because it consists of two alpha males coexisting. They must have some kind of respect and/or fear that is keeping them together, but it is a very tenuous bond. Eventually, a rift will grow between these two if it has not already.

Known VictimsEdit

  • January 7, 2004, Lubbock, Texas:
    • Unnamed teenage girl (raped only)
    • The girl's unnamed brother (attempted, but survived; forced him to watch his sister's rape, then beaten)
  • 2015, New Mexico:
    • October 19-20, Las Vegas: The Dee's Original Diner robbery (all were beaten, fatally shot in the head while facing each other, and burned post-mortem):
      • José Rivera (the night manager)
      • Eddie Butler (the frycook)
      • Renee Acosta (the cashier; also raped)
    • October 20-21, Las Vegas: The pharmacy robbery (both were beaten and fatally shot in the head while facing each other like the previous victims):
      • Randy McAdams (the pharmacist)
      • Jane McAdams (Randall's niece and the cashier; was not raped)
    • October 21, unspecified locations:
      • The gas station robbery:
        • Unnamed gas station clerk (shot through the neck)
        • An unnamed man and his son (attempted)
      • Shot at the following repeatedly at a campground, but missed:


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