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Tommy Volker

Portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick
Name Thomas Volker
First appearance If It Bleeds, It Leads
Status Alive (Arrested)
Last appearance Little Red Corvette
Profession Multi millionaire
Family Unnamed grandmother

Thomas "Tommy" Volker is a recurring character throughout Season 5 who first appeared in the fifth season episode If It Bleeds, It Leads. He is a multi-millionaire adventurer who first comes under suspicion when a television reporter is killed.


Volker is a fabulously wealthy, charming and attractive business mogul with a thinly-veiled air of villainy. As the head of the Volker Industries, he is one of the powerful men in the United States. He claims himself to be a good friend of the governor. He is the mastermind behind a massacre of Amazon villagers who obstructed his geothermal development plan in the Amazon forest. He also ordered and watched with relish the murder of his secretary, when he discovered she had provided details about his crime to Lisbon.

Of all possible villains in the series, he is the only one who could claim to have been slandered by being called "a sad tormented ugly little man," as he is handsome, rich, and socially adept, and seems to experience no torment at all about being evil. He's a disturbing sociopath. 

Lisbon finally gets another stab at Volker during Days Of Wine And Roses and Little Red Corvette, when he is finally injured in gunfire and arrested by Lisbon, with Patrick Jane helping.

Volker is pure evil and basically the equivalent of Red John (at this moment in the show) for Lisbon, according to the creator Bruno Heller


The following were targeted by either Charles Milk, Donald Clyde, Mark Costa on Volker's orders or Volker personally

  • 2012:
    • Unknown number of tribesmen
    • Horatio Jones (Strangled to death by Milk with the help of Clyde while Volker watched)
    • Cassandra Flood (Ed Hunt cut her brakes and later Milk suffocated her to make her death look like an accident)
    • Amanda Shaw (Strangled to death by Milk and staged to look like a suicide while Volker watched)
  • 2013:
    • The drive-by shooting (three fatalities: committed by Clyde and Costa)
      • Charles Milk
      • Bob Miller
      • Sarah Miller
    • Donald Clyde (threatened him leading to him committing suicide by stepping in front of a moving bus)


  • Marvin Pettigrew (attempted to have Mark Costa kill him, then later tried to kill him personally but failed)

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