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1998

3 Jan. 1998
Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick
Still investigating the reunion killer, Sam determines that one of her friends, Greg or Monica, is the likely killer. With the VCTF hot on his trail, a wounded Jack escapes to his lair to recuperate from being shot. In attempting to pursue Jack, as well as the killer of her friends, Sam begins to wonder if it's all becoming a bit too overwhelming. Meanwhile, Frances attempts to give herself a 18th birthday 'present' by seducing John. The plan fails and John calls Sam to help him take the ever rebellious teen home to her father. Bailey asks Marcus Peyton to join the ...
 
10 Jan. 1998
Victims of Victims
When a North Carolina murder occurs that bears all the markings of an unsolved serial case from 1957, Sam and the VCTF team investigate and discover a fingerprint not previously detected. This enables the team to I.D. the killer, who turns out to have committed suicide prior to the most recent murder. Sam talks to a writer who researched the original case and learns of a young boy who claimed to have witnessed one of the crimes. Meanwhile, Jack (whose real name is finally revealed as Albert Newquay) recuperates from his gunshot wound at the home of his wealthy, but ...
 
17 Jan. 1998
Birthright
A killer's belief he was switched at birth leads him to kill those he feels stole his identity. Two men, born at the same time and in the same hospital as the killer, are brutally murdered. Sam and the team is called in once the link between the two victims is established. Evidence leads the team to an insane woman who believes her baby was switched at birth. The woman swears the badly deformed baby she was given in the hospital, was actually the child of someone else. She was never able to prove that charge, and unfortunately for the baby given to her, she was a ...
 
31 Jan. 1998
Dying to Live
Two men are killed, and in both instances, their organs are delivered to hospitals minutes before they are needed for transplant surgery. Sam and the team profile the murders and determine their suspect is someone who was probably an organ recipient in the past. Now, he is returning the favor by providing organs for people with his same rare blood type. Meanwhile, Art Behar, Bailey's boss, sets him up to take a fall in a witness tampering scandal. But John, Marcus and George find evidence that clears Bailey and nails Behar once and for all. Elsewhere, Jack becomes ...
 
7 Feb. 1998
Ties That Bind
Ritualized murders are occurring in Atlanta and in neighboring states. The victims are stabbed and their homes are vandalized with gang-like graffiti. The VCTF is called in and focuses on the son of two of the victims. Further investigation reveals that the son is under the influence of a "Heaven's Gate"-like cult. Sam goes undercover to infiltrate the cult. Meanwhile, Frances continues to cause discord between John and Bailey by claiming that John seduced her. Sam's former mother-in-law continues to object to her raising Chloe and resorts to legal matters to gain ...
 
7 Mar. 1998
Shoot to Kill
Ohio's cities are being terrorized by a seemingly random sniper. On the scene, Sam, Bailey and the rest of the team are perplexed by the sniper's ability to shoot from increasingly long distances. This ability reminds Bailey of an elite task force he encountered while serving in Vietnam. Bailey obtains from Casper, his secret intelligence source, the names of the task force members. Sam uses clues left at the crime scenes to put together a profile that suggests the sniper is trying to create his own mythology, much like the Archer in Greek literature. Meanwhile, John ...
 
14 Mar. 1998
Bloodlust
The dead bodies of badly beaten men are being found in the Boston metropolitan area. Sam and the team quickly surmise these men were involved in some sort of deadly, ultimate, bare-knuckle fighting match. Searching local hospitals, they find a participant in one of the fights. Sam is able to put together from talking to him and researching the backgrounds of the victims, that all were desperate men in need of money. All the men have a bookie in common and the team eventually gets this man to confess his role in the murders. To catch the fight's mastermind in the act, ...
 
21 Mar. 1998
Every Five Minutes
Sam, Bailey, Grace and the VCTF are called in to investigate a serial rapist terrorizing the Florida panhandle. The victims are able to provide the team with a number of clues which Sam uses to form her profile of the assailant. In the midst of the investigation, Sam butts heads with a local female sheriff, Anita Pessoa, who continuously criticizes the VCTF's handling of the case. Sam confronts Pessoa and eventually learns the woman was once a rape victim herself. Back in Atlanta, John and Marcus get a hot tip on the fugitive Sharon Lesher. Desperate for cash, she has...
 
28 Mar. 1998
Breaking Point
Bill Porter, a desperate father, kidnaps Sam's roommate, Angel, in a last ditch effort to save his son from the electric chair. Porter's son, Scott, has recently been convicted of murder committed during a robbery. The father believes his son to be an innocent bystander and wants Sam and the VCTF to prove it by interrogating the two suspects whom were suspected in the robbery. Also, Jack plots to break Sharon out of prison first by tapping into the prison's blueprints to know the building.
 
4 Apr. 1998
Lethal Obsession
Sam and the VCTF investigate the "prime time kidnapper," a madman who has a pathological need for media attention and projects his mania onto an attractive but terrified local TV anchorwoman, Nikki Ware, whom he wants to exclusively cover the prisoner exchanges. Meanwhile, Sam worries about what's really behind her daughter Chloe's reluctance to perform in the children's ballet. Also, the murderous Jack-of-All-Trades makes plans for the release of his imprisoned Jill/Sharon, by killing a prison guard and planing to impersonate him.
 
11 Apr. 1998
Cycle of Violence
A series of vigilante ax murders of abusive husbands leads the Sam, Bailey and the rest of the VCTF team to an eccentric and reclusive cartoonist, named Evie Long, whose work has apparently influenced the killer. Meanwhile, Sam finally confronts the imprisoned Sharon Lesher (Jill of All Trades) and tries to solicit her help in finding and identifying Jack. But Sharon is very hostile and refuses to cooperate, knowing Jack will eventually try to break her out of the prison, while Sam tries to convince Sharon that Jack intents to kill her to prevent her from talking. ...
 
2 May 1998
Die Beautiful
Sam and the VCTF are invited to an on-going investigation on the murder of a teen beauty whom was killed a year ago, and no arrests have been made. Bailey and the team first think the parents of the first victim did it. But they find a killer on death row with matching breaking and entering technique, but Sam thinks the convict didn't kill his victims. Meanwhile, Bailey's budding romance with Ellen Behar makes his ever resentful daughter, Frances, more than a little jealous. Sam tries to give more confidence in Chloe who resents her school friends being better looking...
 
6 Jun. 1998
The Root of All Evil
In the two-part season final, the team tries to catch a diabolical killer determined to take revenge on people who are so blinded by their love of money that they can't see the repercussions their actions have on the other side of the world, starting the with the setting off of incendiary car bombs outside a wealthy business office. The game between Jack and VCTF begins with Sharon as bait to lure Jack to the prison so they can catch him. Meanwhile, Sam pays a visit to her long estranged father for the first time in 10 years. As she struggles to both deal with her ...
 
17 Oct. 1998
Coronation
The day after Jack's clever escape from the prison, Sam must look into herself in order to find him. Everything seems to point to her childhood which reveals that Jack has apparently stalked her all his life. Then, Jack abducts an infant and tries to lure Sam into finding him.
 
24 Oct. 1998
Cravings
The team investigates a serial rapist-turned-murderer in Illinois, whose sporadic timing of the attacks puzzles Sam as well as the connection between his victims whom are left in the woods. Sam figures out that the killer is an angry and frustrated married man taking out his rage and frustration on about-to-be-wed women. Meanwhile, with Donald Lucas, the Jack-of-All-Trades killer finally captured and imprisoned, Sam searches for a new house for her and Chloe.
 
31 Oct. 1998
Do the Right Thing
Sam and the team try to track down a new serial killer who castrates his victims and seems to be driven by feelings of public duty and legal responsibility. Meanwhile, John gets into trouble through no fault of his own for something that appears in the news about the case. Also, Sam finds herself attracted to Paul Sterling, the district attorney assigned to prosecute Donald Lucas.
 
7 Nov. 1998
Double Vision
Twelve women of a small Alabama town have mysteriously disappeared. When one of the missing is found dead, the VCTF begins an investigation which leads to the discovery of the remaining 11 women buried in a shallow mass grave. Once on scene, Sam is confounded when evidence points to a domineering, controlling pathology, other evidence points to a more passive one. When Bailey pressures her to narrow her profile, Sam's anxiety builds and she begins to question her own abilities. But it turns out that there are two killers, working as a team, each with different ...
 
14 Nov. 1998
The Sum of Her Parts
Sam and the VCTF team travel to Newark to investigate a series of killings where the killer cuts and hand off one victim, and the head off another. Sam accurately assesses the killer's pathology of being a young man whom is killing a variety of women by lashing out at those who remind him of his nagging, demanding mother, before he makes the final quest to kill her. Meanwhile, Sam realizes hat she and Chloe must begin a new life, and to that end at Angel's persuasion, decide to move into a new home.
 
21 Nov. 1998
The Monster Within
The VCTF is called in to assist in a stalled investigation which revolves around a series of killings in Allentown, Pennsylvania in which the victims faces have been burned off. Sam is leery to intercede for her former boyfriend, Michael Westmore, who's leading the investigation. Sam and Bailey disagree about Michael's handling of the case. Whereas Sam feels her friend should be given some slack, Bailey feels the man's performance sub-par and should not be excused. Forensic evidence shows that the victims' eyes were the specific target to the killer. Sam uses her ...
 
5 Dec. 1998
Perfect Helen
Sam and George travel to his Minnesota hometown to investigate when someone is stealing the corpses of young, recently deceased Jewish woman. George and Sam learn that a Neo-Nazi group is active in the town. Though evidence points to the hate group, Sam feels the crimes are motivated by something other than anti-Semitism. This theory take shape when one of the two of the stolen bodies is found undamaged, with minor cosmetic changes made. Sam puts together a profile that characterizes the perpetrator as someone looking to create or re-create his vision of the perfect ...
 
12 Dec. 1998
Home for the Homicide
The youngest member of an orphaned clan kills to keep his dysfunctional family together. The first murder occurs when the young man kills the boyfriend his sister is considering marrying. Her marriage would result in her leaving the family and that would be unacceptable. Sam profiles that the killer is someone who has felt loss and who is desperately trying to hold on to something he values. The VCTF eventually discover this decidedly unconventional family and at first, mistakenly believe the physically abusive eldest brother is the killer. Sam soon realizes, however,...
 

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