The team of investigators interview husband and wife serial killers with their execution date set for two days time.



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Episode credited cast:
Warden Charles Diehl
Sam Shapiro
Deb Mason
Frank Sheffield
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cher Calvin ...
Lara Sedgwick
Ren Casey ...


The team investigates the Dawes couple on death row in Florida State Penitentiary for thirteen (or more) murders on young blonde girls in 1985. A dozen girl's bodies were found buried under the sexual psychopath Jacob's garage after the police got an anonymous call. Sarah Jean Dawes (née Mason) 'the Ice Queen' only confessed killing her own two-year old son Riley, Jacob would have ordered her to kill him because he slowed down their flight. Sarah's mother Deb Mason claims she was a normal shy girl util she met Jacob, her late father was a strict soldier but hit his wife. Gideon concludes from a letter to her mother and an interview that Sarah Jean is physically innocent. She just blames herself for failing to stop Jacob and tipped the police herself. Jacob, who clearly craves notoriety, refuses to tell Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner or Jennifer "JJ" Jareau if there are more bodies. When told that Sarah got a stay of execution, Jacob spontaneously offers the location of their son's burial ... Written by KGF Vissers

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25 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Jacob has a tattoo on his right arm - a heart with Sarah Jean's name. Beneath it are the words: "Til Death Do Us Part." See more »


This show is based at a state prison in Alachua, Florida just outside of Gainesville. This area of Florida is about 138 feet above sea level however as the team is driving to the prison in the opening scenes a very large mountain range can be seen in the distance through the windows of the SUV. The Alachua area is rather lush and green due to the abundance of fresh spring waters however as the SUV is driving into the prison not only is the mountain range in clear view but tumbleweeds are blowing across the road from a field with dead, brown grass. See more »


Jacob Dawes: And who are you?
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: My friends call me J.J.
Jacob Dawes: [standing up] Well, hel...
Aaron Hotchner: Sit down.
[Dawes doesn't move]
Aaron Hotchner: Sit down.
Jacob Dawes: [sitting down] Hello, J.J.
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: You're not my friend. You can call me Jennifer.
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