So it turns out, there are some Criminal Minds episodes that are based on true events. However, not every episode is inspired by a crime that actually took place.

Some episodes that are said to have been inspired by true events are “The Thirteenth Step” (Season 6, Episode 13), “Minimal Loss” (Season 4, Episode 3), “Natural Born Killer” (Season Season 1, Episode 8), “The Tribe” (Season 1, Episode 16), “Ashes & Dust” (Season 2, Episode 19), “Blood Hungry” (Season 1, Episode 11), and “Hostage” (Season 11, Episode 14).

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