"Solitary Man" is the seventeenth episode of Season Five of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to New Mexico to investigate a truck driver in Edgewood who is abducting women and disposing of them in random locations as part of a mission to find a mother for his daughter.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: Tennessee Williams said, "We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life."
  • Derek Morgan: Christopher Lasch said, "Family is a haven in a heartless world."


  • The episode was named after the song "Solitary Man", which was sung by Neil Diamond. The same song was featured near the very beginning and end of the episode.

Criminal Minds Episodes