Minor Character: New York
Name "John Doe"
Alias The Cabbie Killer
Gender Male
Family Unnamed mother (deceased)
City New York
Occupation Cab driver
Pathology Serial Killer
No. of Victims 7 killed
2 attempted
Status Institutionalized
Portrayed By Ryan Locke
First Appearance Like Water for Murder

The Cabbie Killer (real name unknown) is a delusional serial killer who appears in Season 4 of CSI: NY.


Not much is known about the Cabbie Killer, including his history or even his real name. It was revealed that he was institutionalized at the Mannix Asylum and was put under heavy medication. Snippets from his file from the institution seen in Personal Foul, in which he was listed as a John Doe, suggests that he was severely abused as a child and that his mother committed suicide. Other keywords in the file were "religious fanaticism" and "multiple knife scars". The only thing that is known about him is that he is very religious and has been living in an abandoned firehouse in Washington Heights, he used to work for Zennith Cabs and began his killing spree in Rochester months prior to his appearance in New York. He targeted people who had large advertisements on billboards like lawyers or real estate agents. He uses tarps found at Kings County College to wrap his victims

Season 4[]

Like Water for Murder[]

The Cabbie Killer's killing spree in New York begins with him targeting real estate agents, with the murder of Chrissy Watson who showed Stella a condo a few days prior. This was his sloppiest kill, as he failed to poison her, and as a result she attempts to escape so he had to strangle her but also failed there so he just fed her to the sharks killing her and the shark. He then proceeds to kill another real estate agent named Louise Perry but this time she was just poisoned. He proceeds to P.J. Davis' apartment to kill her but has to change plans when Mac and Stella show up and instead picks up a stranger who was just inside with Davis.

Personal Foul[]

The Cabbie Killer strikes again after taking a break, killing a woman with the same MO but this time her body is in a fountain in Brill Park instead of at a beach. He also unintentionally left his dispatch button behind at this crime scene which allowed the CSIs to track down his former place of employment where they find his DNA which identify him by his patient records at a mental hospital. The DNA also links him it to a murder he committed in Rochester.

He accidentally ran into another taxi driver named James Comitis and the resulting report would have exposed him, so he sent Reed, who was writing an article on The Cabbie Killer, a mysterious text naming a meeting point and promising more information on the Cabbie Killer. Reed later gets in a taxi, disappointed the person he was supposed to meet with the tip never showed up. He tries to talk to the cabbie, unaware that the driver is the Cabbie Killer, while he drives off with Reed.


He then tells Reed about the markings on the victims necks and gives him Comitis' name as a scapegoat for the killings so people wouldn't trust him. But after Reed publishes the article, things go better then expected as three fellow cabbies end up killing him. After this, he became inspired at how much people were paying attention to Reed's blog and decided to use Reed to get his message out to the world. He kidnaps Reed, binds and gags him, and dumps him in his trunk, while he forced him to listen helplessly as the killer picks up a new victim. After he murders her, he dumps the body in with Reed. The Cabbie Killer forces Reed to blog about his exploits while he carves up his latest victim's neck. But Reed leaves clues in his blogs that allows Mac to figure out he's being held at an abandoned brewery.

Eventually, he slits Reed's throat, but Reed is saved by the timely arrival of the CSIs. Stella manages to slow the bleeding, but The Cabbie Killer escapes. Hawkes matches prints on the killer's cab to those found on Comitis' car, leading the CSIs to realize that Comitis and the killer were in a car accident with their cabs. The CSIs storm the building he's living at and apprehend the killer, a religious fanatic suffering from delusions that made him believe the faces he saw on billboards were sinners he needed to deliver to the underworld.

Modus Operandi[]

The Cabbie killer targeted major professional executives and would pose as a normal cabbie to lure them. When his victims got in his cab, he closed and locked all possible ways of escape. Then, he hit a button on his radio that filtered carbon monoxide into the back seat, slowly killing his victims when they begged for their lives. His signature was carving L2729, a reference to Leviticus 27:29, "No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; he must be put to death", onto the backs of their necks. He then wrapped their bodies in tarps and dumped them in the ocean where they are eventually washed up on the beach, but as his murders became public and with the authorities finding his dumping ground, he started leaving them at other locations. In the case of Chrissy Watson, he strangled her when the carbon monoxide failed to kill her.

The Cabbie Killer soon after targeted Reed Garrett with his intention to cover his own tracks and eventually spread his message. After the car collision with James Comitis, he set up a meeting with Reed and verbally suggested blame against Comitis, manipulating Reed to publicize such ann anccusing article, which got Comitis killed by an angry mob. He then kidnapped Reed and terrorized him with another murder, then held him captive in a brewery and forced Reed to release the killer’s statements in a blog to profess his delusions. When he was done with with Reed, the killer slashed his throat in an attempt to dispose of him, then left him for dead, but Reed was saved in time.

Known Victims[]

  • December 2007-January 2008, Rochester, New York: Paige Lopez (fatally killed by a shark; only victim not killed in a taxi)
  • 2008:
    • January, Hoboken, New Jersey: Ben Melvoy
    • New York City, New York:
      • April 14: Chrissy Watson (carving initially not found, but later recovered from a shark's intestines; attempted to poison, then fatally strangled)
      • April 15: Louise Perry
      • April 16:
        • P.J. Davis (intended)
        • Matt Cooper (incidental)
      • May 6-7: Ronna Dixon (dumped her body in a fountain)
      • May 12: James Comitis (incidental; hit his cab in a collision; let provoked an angry mob into murdering him)
      • May 14:
        • Reed Garrett (abducted and non-fatally slit his throat; was rescued)
        • Mary Ann D'Amico (her body wasn't discarded)


  • The Cabbie Killer appears to be inspired by Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. “The Unabomber”, a serial bomber and serial killer with an obsession at attacking and taking down the advancement of technology out of his paranoid delusions.


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