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|Played by||Theo Alexander|
Markos Christakis aka Burning Man is a serial rapist/killer, played by Theo Alexander. His character was introduced fully in the episode Special Master Part Two.
Christakis was born on November 23rd 1981 and at some point became obsessed with Sagittarius, the constellation around his birthday and the planet Mars. When he was a juvenile he was arrested for disfigurement and mayhem when he tied a woman up and carved the symbol for Mars on a woman's back. He was represented by Phillip Stroh where he gave his name as Jesus of Nazareth. He served his time in juvie and when he got out he started raping and killing prostitutes and using the bodies to make the symbol of Sagittarius, the constellation around his birthday.
When Stroh was imprisoned he used Christakis' obsession with the stars and constellations to give Major Crimes occupied while he made his escape. In 2015 he succeeded in killing two more women before he was caught with his third victim still alive. While trying to escape he entered a fistfight with Detective Julio Sanchez who beat him severely. After he was captured he revealed Stroh's plan to escape was set up from before he was caught and gave Markos the same advice and to not leave witnesses.
In “By Any Means, Part 3”, Christakis appears on the murder board as one of Stroh's accomplices alongside Chris Dunlap and Wade Weller. As part of their show for Stroh's new accomplice, Dylan Baxter, Lieutenant Andy Flynn reminds everyone of "that freak Burning Man, the god Mars" who Stroh betrayed as well. Beyond being betrayed by Stroh, Christakis' ultimate fate is not mentioned like the fates of Dunlap and Weller, Stroh's other major accomplices.
Christakis targeted female prostitutes by driving up to them and picking them up for what they thought was a job. He then proceeded to kidnap them, rape them and strangle them to death. After killing his victims he would dump them in vacant houses or abandoned properties that, from an overhead view, corresponded to the symbol of Sagittarius. He would then set the property on fire with the body inside it and destroy any evidence of his involvement.
- Unnamed woman (disfigured)
- Nikki Cole (April 13, 2005)
- Julie Nicholas (April 15, 2005)
- Cheryl Lowe (April 18, 2005)
- Jennie Roger (March 25, 2007)
- Lisa Knight (March 28, 2007)
- Tuesday Wilcox (March 7, 2009)
- Sara Field (March 10, 2009)
- Tara Alexander (February 20, 2011)
- Mary King (February 24, 2011)
- Patty Jensen (February 27, 2011)
- Ashley Perry (February 4, 2013)
- Alicia Wheeler (February 7, 2013)
- Christy Boyer (February 10, 2013)
- Shyla Brunnel (January 12, 2015)
- Catherine Rogers (January 14, 2015)
- Unnamed woman (raped)