7 Things You Didn't Know About Criminal Minds, 'A Badge and a Gun'

A Strangler Targeted Women On 'A Badge and a Gun'

A Strangler Targeted Women On 'A Badge and a Gun'

The BAU searched Los Angeles after the team discovered security footage that showed an UnSub being invited into victims' homes. Scroll through for facts and hidden secrets from the writers of the episode.
Why these neighborhoods?

Why these neighborhoods?

Criminal Minds Writer Jim Clemente chose Atwater Village and Eagle Rock as the backdrops for the murders because both communities are transitional neighborhoods, have different police departments, and are bedroom communities that neighbor downtown Los Angeles—all of which make it easier for an UnSub to access victims and flee the scene.
He's a writer and an actor.

He's a writer and an actor.

Double duty: Jim Clemente, who wrote the episode, also posed as FBI agent and murder victim Ed Sulzbach.
Look at those credible credentials.

Look at those credible credentials.

FBI credentials, like the one Andrew Meeks forged, contain identification information, signatures, and the FBI's constitutional mandate.
You never forget your high school classmates.

You never forget your high school classmates.

Mark Levi and Dennis Giza, whose names were pulled into Garcia's search results, were inspired by "the smartest guys" in Jim Clemente's high school class.
The look behind the smile.

The look behind the smile.

Jim Clemente shared the inspiration behind murder victim Gertrude Smiles: "Gertrude is a lovely [fictional] lady who smiles every time Criminal Minds comes on—hence the name Gertrude Smiles."
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

The name Mary Lenahan, another murder victim, was inspired by a lifelong friend of Jim Clemente's mother. "She is a sweet lady who has the greatest sense of humor ever," wrote Clemente.