"Strange Fruit" is the ninth episode of Season Nine of Criminal Minds.


When skeletons are found in the backyard of a Virginia home, the BAU centers its investigation on the family living there, unearthing family secrets rooted in the past racial divisions in the South.

Guest CastEdit

Referenced CriminalsEdit

  • The Emmett Till case
  • The Oscar Grant case
  • The Trayvon Martin case
  • The Trisha Meili case
  • The Ku Klux Klan


  • "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • David Rossi: "The Universe doesn't like secrets. It conspires to reveal the truth, to lead you to it." Lisa Unger


  • The episode was named after the song "Strange Fruit", which was sung by Billie Holiday. The same song was featured at the end of the episode.
  • A promotional poster for the fictional first-person shooter video game Gods of Combat, which previously appeared as a plot device in the Season Eight episode The Wheels on the Bus, can be seen in the bedroom of Lyle Johnson.

Criminal Minds Episodes

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