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Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California when the Mentalist first aired. As the California Bureau of Investigation is the highest crime fighting and enforcement department of the Californian executive branch, they would typically have a portrait of the Californian Governor in their office. That portrait is remarkably close to the real life ...


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What you see on TV is entirely fictionalized. Nothing like what happens in Castle or Bones or The Mentalist happens in real life. Any remotely competent defense attorney would tear apart a case where an untrained civilian did half of the investigative work, handled evidence, etc. And that's not even counting putting a civilian in the line of fire on purpose. ...


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We don't know. Both times that Jane says "the line" (to Whittaker halfway through the episode and to Fischer at the end) his face is hidden behind the other actor's face, and there's no audible whisper. Additionally, in the online scripts for this episode that I was able to find, "the line" is only given as "whispers indistinctly." So, it seems that even ...


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For US Federal civilian employees, there is no prohibition against having spouses (or immediate family members) working in the same agency or even the same unit. The only prohibition is that one of them cannot be in a supervisory chain of command above the other (conflict of interest/nepotism). I'm fairly certain state agencies would have similar ...


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Doesn't look like it, according to series creator/exec producer Bruno Heller in November 2013: "Xander is a wonderfully subtle actor who can go deep — deep enough to be our Red John," says series creator/exec producer Bruno Heller, who says he selected McAllister to be his Big Bad "about a year ago, after carefully weighing all other options. ...


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Red John was a psychopathic serial killer...and so needed no "motive" as such. From a wikia Red John's personality can be described as the classic example of a psychopath: narcissistic, with zero empathy towards others and a tendency to manipulate those around him. He has constructed a god-like or messiah figure of himself - something that he values and ...


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Reddit user Rainer_Unfug has a theory. It's best you go read the whole (long) post: To make things simple: Red John used a simple trick – he forced PJ to end up with these particular seven suspects. It took me a long time to figure out why these seven men but I came to the conclusion that he had to blend in with them.


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Here are a few answers from an interview with Bruno Heller, creator of the show Why was now the right time to have the confrontation between Patrick Jane and Red John? HELLER: Very early on in the first season, there were people saying, “Are you going to find Red John at the end of the first year or second year?” It’s a question that people have been ...


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Gabriel Osbourne is not a psychic. As Patrick Jane himself would say: "There's no such things as psychics." It's possible that Gabriel was mentally unstable to the point that he actually believed he was psychic himself (the fact that his sister - a close personal support in his life - also promoted him as psychic surely didn't help.) He was certainly a ...


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Whilst you consider it informal, in many parts of the world it is quite common. For example, sports stars are often referred to by their surnames. In military or police settings, surnames are often used (e.g. Private Martin, or just Martin). In many old-fashioned private schools, surnames are used. There are a variety of possible reasons for this, but ...


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At least once, but it was a hallucination. In Devil's Cherry (2nd episode of season 5), Jane imagines he's talking to his daughter Charlotte after drinking some belladonna tea, and this dialogue unfolds: Jane: What are you hiding? Charlotte: You tell me. You're the mentalist. Jane: I never said I was a mentalist. Charlotte: Spooky. Edit: As for an example ...


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This would obviously appear to depend on the country in which the police are operating. In the case of The Mentalist, this would be the United States and in particular California. Based on some initial research of US laws and Californian laws, the answer seems to be: It Depends. In People v. Mays (Docket No. C057099), a Californian case from 2009, the ...


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He wasn't one of Red John's men. He was part of Red John's corrupt organization, As you see in the episode where Jane killed Red John and the episode before that, Bertram is part of that organization and tries to kill Jane because he found out about the organization and some of its members. It is revealed that the three dots tattoo is the seal of the ...


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Because a doorbell sound is much more audible inside the house, when the door is closed, while knocking on the door is easily heard by the TV ior movie audience, if the camera and audio perspective is on the agents, on the outside. Plus, as comments mention, doorbells often don't work (I had to sell raffle tickets and collect newspaper route money in my ...


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In episode S3E10 Jane got the whole list of suspect. But in S3E20 he got top 4 suspect that is nearby the murder place and no one can prove that he/she is with them.


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Who was Kristina Frye and what happened to her? Kristina was another "psychic," like Jane used to be. She made the same mistake of insulting Red John on TV, and she paid the price. In terms of "where did she end up?" I don't think the show ever said explicitly. Probably, she wound up in a mental institution. I'm thinking she probably wouldn't have ...


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There used to be a "California Bureau of Investigation" as part of the state's Department of Justice. The "Bureau of Investigation" is now attached to the Office of the Attorney General of California. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Bureau_of_Investigation The BI is utilized statewide for many purposes as needed; for instance, when there is ...


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Simple answer. Revenge is best served cold. Now that the Jane is sure of Red John, he wants to make him feel sorry for what he did and torture him the way Red John had tortured Jane's wife and other victims. Out of universe answer. It would be a bad climax to kill a villain without melodrama.


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Indeed, it was never Red John's plan to just kill Jane. I think, Jane was the first person that presented a challenge to him in an intelectual level. But at the time Jane was only a fake embarrassing acting the part on TV. Red John saw potential in him and instead of killing him, made sure of making him suffer by killing his family instead. From that point ...


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I am not aware of specific cult followings that these shows draw from, but the lore and allure of serial killers and their followers has been a long established fact. Some of the more famous serial killers that have cults include (But are not limited to): Charles Manson - The Manson Family were a bunch of women that followed him as a guru, and whom he sent ...


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There are copycat crimes: A copycat crime is a criminal act that is modelled or inspired by a previous crime that has been reported in the media or described in fiction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copycat_crime And: Copycat killers are a very common plot twist in police dramas, movies, and mystery novels where the plot involves serial killings....


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Here's my in-universe theory. There were 7 names on Jane's final list. Knowing that Red John knew Jane very well (very similar to himself), let's go over each name. Bret Stiles - The head of Visualize. He claimed to know Red John and provided Jane with information leading to a present Red John left for him. He's very smart, persuasive, and has an affection ...


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According to this article: Tom Szentgyorgy, an executive producer for The Mentalist, said he and other producers mulled several cities for Jane’s new locale before settling on Austin. “We were looking for a city outside California where Patrick Jane could start over. We wanted it to be a city with a distinctive character, a city with some funk to it,” ...


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Obvious "not a lawyer" disclaimer. I'm using commonly understood TV law here. "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine in US law, which basically states that evidence found through illegal means is not usable in court. Slightly pedantically, "fruit of the poisonous tree" refers more to subsequent evidence you find based on the ...


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In the context of this show, I just wanted to add another perspective to this. In S1E5, when Jane tells Lisbon that the murderer smelled like Pineapple, this is how the conversation went: Lisbon: Hey Jane: Pineapple. He smelled like pineapple. Lisbon: What the hell... flashback Lisbon: Okay, good. Listen, tell Rigsby Teresa needs help. Lisbon: Me? I'm at ...


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Remember, they only show us stuff that's interesting and plot-relevant. I'm sure Patrick Jane eats lunch every day, but they rarely bother to show it on camera (unless he's meeting someone to discuss Plot Details.) Why did they not investigate who killed Anderson? Logically, there would have been an investigation, of course. There would always be an ...


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In season 5 episode 13, we are told his list contains some 408 names. 9 episodes later, we are told he has 7 names left. There were 3 episodes between the 408 names and Lorelei turning up dead, so it's fair to assume he had less that 408 at that point. Say he had a third less so maybe he is left with 264-ish. Patrick is working on his list in a upstairs ...


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The show make it quite obvious he is not a psychic. After all when it really matters (saving not only his life, but his sister's), he failed to deliver. As french joke says : "If I call a psychic and she ask my name, I immediatly hang up". About the predictions : 1) The main one with the bodies : the most obvious would be that he saw one of the murders/...


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In that chapter Lorelei also says: He's got weaknesses. He can die. And I'm gonna kill him So this explains why she shot Jason, so that he won't reveal who is Red John and thus cause his arrest/death before she has chance to revenge her sister's murder.


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