In Cherry Creek, Colorado - a suburb of Denver - middle class families are being murdered in their homes. The houses have been robbed only of small items of monetary worth. The victims have all thus far been traditional families - mother, father and children. The parents are gagged, bound and eventually brutally beaten whereas the children are murdered by an injection of phenobarbital. The nature of the deaths lead the BAU to believe there are two unsubs, a dominant and a submissive, the latter who acts as the angel of mercy in the way he kills the children. Through evidence, the BAU know the unsubs work their way into their victims' houses through a trusted ruse of some sort, and after entry the victims have no way of outside contact since phone lines are cut and cell phone access is blocked. They get a break in the case when in the latest attack, there is one survivor, the teen-aged daughter, Carrie Ortiz. Carrie witnessed the murders and saw the unsubs' faces. Other information ... Written by
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Reid mentions serial killer Derrick Todd Lee using a recording of a baby crying to lure his victims. In reality, this is an urban legend. See more
Just before the Halberts are killed, Mrs. Halbert is on a land line phone when it goes dead (presumedly cut by the unsubs). The phone makes a "fast busy" signal when this happens. However, land line phones' sounds are all generated by the phone company, which also supplies their power. The phone should've been completely silent. See more
Hey girl, you're on speaker. Behave.
Or what, you'll spank me?
References Helter Skelter