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Name Stanley Usher
Gender Male
Occupation Freelance psychic
Status Alive
Portrayed By Vondie Curtis-Hall
Appeared In "Cold Comfort"

Stanley Usher is an incidental character who appeared in Season Four of Criminal Minds.

Background Edit

A self-proclaimed psychic capable of reading people through their possessions, Stanley originally lived in Oregon, gaining some small level of fame after helping find a missing child in Portland using his powers. At some point, Stanley was charged with fraud, prompting him into moving from Oregon to Washington.

Cold Comfort Edit

In 2009, when Brooke Lombardini is abducted by a serial killer, her desperate mother seeks Stanley's aid in finding her, convincing a detective to give him Brooke's necklace, which she had dropped when the killer had ambushed her. Once in possession of the necklace, Stanley claims it gave him a vague vision, involving a fenced area, the color orange and the numbers 867, also claiming Brooke feels weakened, tired and heavy. Later, when Rossi and JJ visit Mrs. Lombardini, Stanley is present, being pulled to the side by Rossi, who is dismissive of the abilities Stanley claims to have, having dealt with so-called psychics in the past. When Rossi tells him that the last thing Mrs. Lombardini needs is some con artist giving her false hope, Stanley tells him to do his job and focus on profiling, which he claims some people don't believe in either.

Later, when the local police become desperate, the detective heading the abductions and murders brings Stanley in, willing to accept the help he is offering. Before reading a wig that belongs to a suspect, Stanley is warmly greeted by JJ, who he, seeing the ring she has gotten to commemorate her son's birth, congratulates. While the results of the reading are not stated in full, the detective claims the wig belongs to someone who is "really sick" (though the man it belongs to, while a necrophiliac like the unsub, is later cleared as a suspect). The BAU eventually discover the killer's identity, Roderick Gless, but are unable to pinpoint his location. Thinking Stanley can help, JJ brings him a letter Roderick had sent to his mother. Stanley claims the letter tells him that Roderick is keeping Brooke somewhere near a rocky shore. When the BAU and police actually do find Roderick and rescue Brooke, Rossi scoffs at Stanley, stating that Roderick's hideout is nowhere near a rocky shore, but is left stunned when Hotch removes one of Roderick's curtains, revealing a billboard across the street, which depicts a rocky shore.

Predictions Edit

  • A fenced-in area: The room Roderick kept his victims locked in had a fence-like covering over the entrance.
  • The color orange: The embalming fluid Roderick used on his victims. Also seems like the color of the dress the victim was wearing.
  • Brooke feeling weak, tired and heavy: Roderick sedated his victims with barbiturates, to physically and mentally weaken them.
  • A rocky shore: Shown on a billboard directly across from Roderick's hideout.

Notes Edit

  • 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 Allan Poe, who is also the source of the bookend quote used at the beginning of the episode.

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