Brett Stiles is another person who can say he is “one up” on Patrick Jane. He is the quintessential “teflon man:” nothing sticks to him. He is the leader of a multimillion dollar church called the “Visualize Self-realization Center.” He is charismatic, driven, and extremely intelligent. Though it hasn’t been “proven” yet, it is obvious that he is also quite dishonest, and may or may not believe in his own doctrine.
He knew about Red John, and told Jane that he may have information about Red John that Jane doesn’t. This appears to be a great setup for a repeat appearance somewhere down the line.
Most of all, Stiles appears to be amoral. Amoral people are incapable of discerning right from wrong, because they don’t feel any sense of boundaries on what is right and what is wrong. Stiles is also very powerful, and would have plenty of resources to have people working for him.
Stiles manages to have a high profile without anyone actually knowing anything about him. He has shown the capacity to be ruthless. And he knows all about Red John. Most of all, he has a very capable presence. If we see him come back this year, the chances are very good that he is, indeed, Red John.
How does Brett Stiles know so much about Red John and about Jane?
This is one of the most puzzling aspects of The Mentalist. Is Stiles just someone who knows everything, or does he have some kind of connection to Red John? We covered this earlier in the Britt Stiles post, but he does always seem to be a step ahead of Jane. Even when Jane thwarts whatever Stiles has planned, Stiles has an exit strategy ready. Given the Moriarity theory, this makes it look possible that Stiles could even be Red John, but we see him as a classic “red herring.” This, of course, is quite fitting.
Chances of Brett Stiles being Red John: 7.5 out of 10.