|Family|| Patrick Gless (father)|
Leona Gless (mother)
|Occupation||Former medical student|
|Pathology|| Serial Killer|
|No. of Victims|| 3 killed|
|Portrayed By|| Sam Littlefield|
Owen Sholar (child)
|First Appearance||"Cold Comfort"|
"You know, most people think that a person's hair and nails continue to grow after they're dead. That's a myth."
Roderick was born in Olympia, Washington, the son of a wealthy couple, although his parents mostly neglected him, leaving him to be raised by his nanny, Abigail "Abby" Hansen. In 1992, when Roderick was only nine years old, she died from myocarditis, a heart defect. Since the parents were on a cruise at the time, Roderick would curl up next to Abby's dead body and wrap her arm around himself. This went on for two or three days, until his parents returned and discovered the body. When Roderick was twenty-one, he dropped out of medical school, liquidating his trust fund of $500,000 three years later. As time passed, that money lost some of its value, but Roderick still received $50,000 every six months from his father, who was desperately trying to bond with his son. At an unknown point, Roderick dug up Abby's skeleton, taking her dress, two diamond earrings and two pearl earrings. In 2008, Roderick began abducting women who resembled Abby, holding them captive and forcing them to accept her identity, embalming them afterward and keeping their preserved corpses for months at a time. After claiming his first victim, Roderick sent what was essentially goodbye letter to his mother, saying that he had found a place and was finally happy.
Nine months after he first started killing, Roderick abducted Brooke Lombardini while she was on her way home from work, keeping her locked up, drugged and altering her appearance, all the while referring to her as Abby. During captivity, Brooke somehow gained access to a disposable phone and called the police, but the call was interrupted by Roderick before she could give them any useful information. At first, Brooke resists Roderick, but over time, she, like the previous women, eventually submits and embraces the role of Abby. After having Brooke read him the storybook The Troll's Daughter, Roderick has her drink some drugged tea and leads her to his embalming chamber, calling it "forever" when she asks what the room is. Strapping Brooke down when she falls unconscious, Roderick dons surgical garb, adjusts his equipment and is about to puncture Brooke's neck with a scalpel when the police and BAU, having become involved in the investigation after Roderick's buried victims were uncovered in a landslide, burst in. Dropping his equipment in shock, an unresisting Roderick is led away, screaming for Abby, who he sees Brooke as, his hallucination rising from the table and smiling at him.
The unsub was profiled as a white male in his mid to late twenties who, as he was a homicide necrophile, would be unable to associate with people and be awkward around them, especially those of the opposite sex. Embalming his victims indicated a possession issue and a fear of abandonment, probably caused by someone close to him, like a girlfriend, wife or mother, leaving or dying when he was young. The unsub burying his victims and not dismembering them indicated he cared for them, while his alterations of them, coupled with imprisoning and drugging them, meant he was brainwashing them, projecting his dead loved one onto them by forcing them to assume her identity, completing the fantasy by having them wear something belonging to the deceased.
The unsub probably had a background in mortuary sciences, indicated by the embalming and sixty percent of all necrophiles working in the death business. If the unsub frequented the locales his victims worked at, it meant he was probably wealthy, explaining how he could have access to embalming equipment and the space and privacy needed to use it. Like most necrophiles, he may have a record of inappropriate post-mortem conduct, cadaver theft and graveyard disturbances.
Modus Operandi Edit
Roderick abducted women similar to Abby in appearance, blondes in their twenties with blue eyes, who he ambushed at night, while they were on their way home from work. After that, he would cut their hair, double-pierce their ears, and put a special dress, a pair of diamond earrings, and a pair of pearl earrings (stolen from Abby's grave) on them to turn them into her spitting image. He would even brainwash the women by imprisoning and drugging them, in order for them to accept the identity of Abby. Once the process was complete, he would embalm them and have sex with their corpses. When the bodies became too decayed, he would dispose of them in the woods (giving them a proper burial) and abduct someone new to repeat the process.
Known Victims Edit
- May: Lynette Hagen
- August: Erin Bonham
- November: Melissa St. Claire
- February 2009: Brooke Lombardini (abducted and attempted to kill; was rescued)
- The names Roderick Gless and Stanley Usher are a possible reference to Roderick Usher, a character in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, who is also the source of the quote used at the beginning of the episode.