The trend started with The X-Files and untouchable Cancer Man. the Über Criminal has unfortunately metastasized into most of the cop shows I watch from time to time. CSI had Nate Haskell, CSI NY had Shane Casey, The Mentalist has Red John, Bones had Gormogon, Castle has the conspiracy that killed Beckett's mother and shot Beckett, NCIS had the Port to Port killer, Criminal Minds had several including two with seemingly omniscient powers. These Mcguffins know where everyone is at all times, they can hack any computer, acquire any address or phone number. The frequency of these evil geniuses is sucking the life out of cop shows. The writers churn out this recycled, formulaic twaddle while the suits at the networks wonder why ratings are down.