Criminal Minds: Season 3, Episode 11

Birthright (12 Dec. 2007)

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The team travels to Fredericksburg, Virginia, where women are being abducted, burned and mutilated. Soon it turns out that similar killings happened in the 1980s.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chrissy Wilkinson
John Caulfield (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Karen Foley
Mary Wilkinson
Stephen Foley
Michael Ballantyne (as Jeffrey Corbett)
Molly McCarthy
Tara Ricker (as Elizabeth Ann Roberts)


Three young female college students have gone missing from Fredericksburg, Virginia over the span of six weeks, each abducted from a public place. The dead body of the first abductee has just been found at the Chancellorsville civil war battle field. Her mutilated body was covered with cigarette burn marks. This case is reminiscent of a still open case from 1980 where five dead women were also found in Chancellorsville, with the victims having the same burn markings on their body. The difference is that the earlier victims were prostitutes and runaways. The BAU speak to two people associated with the case in 1980: John Caulfield, the Fredericksburg sheriff working the case, and Karen Foley, a possible victim of the 1980 unsub who managed to escape. Through information given - or not given as the case may be with Foley - Caulfield and the BAU believe the 1980 unsub to be a man by the name of Robert Wilkinson, who died shortly after the original killings stopped. When Garcia locates a ... Written by Huggo

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17 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Putting the ridiculous plot aside, CM's really needs to improve how they portray parts of Virginia. I live on the cusp of NOVA and it's rather ridiculous how they portray their locations, like Stafford county etc. To date the worst portrayal I've seen is this episode. I LIVE in Fredericksburg and I'm am almost offended at how the writers created this episode. They depict this area chalk full of barns, county folk, and people with thick southern accents. It's laughable how they view people from this area. I know that their budget may not be big enough to do justice to every location they are supposed to be depicting. Though this does not mean that they have to make it so far-fetched. No wonder I stopped being a fan a while ago.

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