Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 2

Compulsion

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on CBS

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    • Reid: When asked about his motives, Peter Dinsdale said "I am devoted to fire. Fire is my master."

      Peter Dinsdale, from Manchester, England, began setting fires at age 9 and started over 30 known fires during his teenage years. In prison, he seemed obsessed by certain Bible verses, including Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters." Dinsdale, small and physically handicapped, felt compelled to set fires and to serve his true master. In two known cases, Dinsdale poured kerosene through the mail slots of homes and then ignited it. He killed at least 26 people with his fires over the years before being caught and convicted.

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