"Criminal Minds" The Tribe (TV Episode 2006) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Aaron 'Hotch' gets a visit from his brother Sean, who intends to abandon the plan to study law, like their late dad and Aaron. Five students aged 19 are found horribly murdered in a vacant house in Terra Mesa, New Mexico, unbound, skinned alive, one impaled alive: traditional Indian torture methods. The team quickly suspects it must be the collective work of a 'pack'. First they consider the local reservation policeman Benjamin Blackwood's son John, a teacher noted for Indian activism. His tracker skills on the murder site concludes it was not the work of real Indians, as no tribe practiced all these methods, he agrees to act as a consultant. As the killers were probably not Indian but wanted it to appear so, next suspects are the heavily armed ADU. They were founded by local businessman Roy Minton, mainly recruiting from construction, to fight the Indian land claims. A fingerprint belongs to a sixth student, Ingrid Greisen. Her parents say they didn't even know she was missing as she lived totally apart. After father Peter Greisen follows the team's advice to call for Ingrid's release on TV, the kidnappers call. They are two ex-cons, who surrender and show the van she's in, after a promise nothing is told to the father. He would have paid them to kidnap his daughter without hurting her; they know nothing about the murders. Ingrid stopped following courses over a year ago - Hotch finds Peter hired a de-programmer and concludes Ingrid had to be kidnapped because she was in a cult sect. The hunt for the cult is on after Ingrid tells what she learned inside about the self-proclaimed 'Apaches' lead by 'Grandfather'.

    - Written by KGF Vissers
  • In Terra Mesa, New Mexico, five nineteen year old Mesa University freshmen are found in a house, dead, tortured before their death. Because of the nature of the crime scene, the BAU believe there was a sixth person present - a female - who is now assumed missing. Because the victim wounds showed signs of little resistance, the BAU also believe that a group committed the crime. Beyond being basically skinned alive, the victims' deaths, according to Reid, were following the war rituals of the Native American Plains Indians. The initial thought is that the deaths have something to do with local Apache land claims, the land seized by the government. The BAU's initial discussion with the local Apaches is with John Blackwolf, a local activist and the reservation police, he who is also a suspect. But the nature of the murders may point to an anti-Native American group as the unsubs, they who are trying to implicate the Apaches. When the BAU learn that the identity of the missing sixth person is Ingrid Greisen, they at least know the nature of the unsub group with who they are dealing and its leader, someone known as "Grandfather". Meanwhile, Hotch has an argument with his twenty-five year old brother, Sean, who does not want to follow in the family footsteps and become a lawyer.

    - Written by Huggo
  • The massacre of students using Native American rituals leads the team to consult the reservation policeman, who is also an activist.

    - Written by layle


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