1,666 Pages

The Execution of Catherine Willows
WriterElizabeth Devine,
Carol Mendelsohn
DirectorKenneth Fink
Original AirdateNovember 7, 2002
Previous Episode: Abra-Cadaver
Next Episode: Fight Night

The Execution of Catherine Willows is the sixth episode in season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Fifteen years ago, Catherine helped to put John Mathers on death row for the rape and murder of a young student at a local college. On the day of his execution, he's granted a stay based on new DNA evidence. Meanwhile, Grissom, Nick and Sara are looking for a missing student, who is found murdered and left in exactly the same fashion as the women in Catherine's case.


Hodges This section is a stub and requires expanding


Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • David Berman as David Phillips
  • Skip O'Brien as Detective Ray O'Riley
  • Romy Rosemont as Jacqui Franco
  • David Lee Smith as Cody Lewis
  • Victor Bevine as John Mathers
  • Beth Grant as Sally Roth
  • Wade Williams as Mr. Reston
  • Wayne Pére as Painter
  • Viola Davis as Attorney Campbell
  • Phe Caplan as Charlene Roth
  • Michael Chieffo as Tom Roth
  • John Goodwin as Psychiatrist
  • Nicole Hayden as Debbie Reston

Major Events

  • Romy Rosemont makes her first appearance as Jacqui Franco.
  • The Blue Paint Killer case is introduced for the first time in this episode, his story will be concluded, two years later, in What's Eating Gilbert Grissom? on season five.


Brass: I keep racking my brain going over these unsolved murder cases and I keep coming back to the fact that they're fifteen years apart. That means he's either out of town or in the joint.
Grissom: Why wouldn't he take his business to some other college if it was only about young girls?
Brass: It's got to be personal. He wanted to kill those girls.


  • When Catherine is at the coffee shop and the parents of a murdered girl come to talk to her. She is holding her coffee in the right hand and her cell phone rings and she grabs it with her left. The shot switches angles while Catherine is talking and her cell phone has shifted to her right hand.


  • Grissom gets uncomfortable when a suspect could be smarter than him.


  • This is the first episode with a main character name on the title. The next episode will be "Grissom Versus the Volcano".

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 3
Revenge is Best Served ColdThe Accused is EntitledLet the Seller BewareA Little MurderAbra-CadaverThe Execution of Catherine WillowsFight NightSnuffBlood LustHigh and LowRecipe for MurderGot Murder?Random Acts of ViolenceOne Hit WonderLady Heather's BoxLucky StrikeCrash & BurnPrecious MetalA Night at the MoviesLast LaughForeverPlay with FireInside the Box