The team tracks down a highly obsessive-compulsive killer who targets blonde women and leaves messages to the police asking them to stop him.

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Vincent
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Michelle Watson, a Buffalo, New York based real estate agent, is found murdered inside a house at which she was showing. A week later, the Buffalo Police Department receive an audio-less and edited video recording from the murderer's viewpoint of the lead-up to the killing, including shots within the murderer's home, as well as the actual murder itself. From the video, it looks as if it was taken by a hidden camera located somewhere on the upper half of the murderer's body. From the actions on the video, the BAU can also tell that the murderer suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Reviewing past cases in the Buffalo area within the past ten years and another video visible in the background of the video sent makes them suspect that this murder was done by a serial killer. Two other key pieces of information on the video are the number "29", circled by the murderer on Michelle's day planner, and the murderer scrawling the words "HELP ME". The BAU have a race for time as they ... Written by Huggo

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Garcia points out that the footage of Vincent's mother's death is analog and has been digitized. She also says that the footage is seriously degraded. Whenever we see the tape being played (or the ripped version of it), we occasionally see a few horizontal degradation lines appear on the screen for a few frames and they are completely still. The only consumer camcorder formats available at the time were Betamax and VHS-C (and 1983 was the first year they were introduced). For analog tape formats like this, degradation lines would be moving downward. What is shown on the TV looks more like the loss of part of a signal from a TV broadcast. See more »

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Emily Prentiss: [in the investigation room; looking at Reid] What's missing from the Michelle Watson murder is any sign of rage or overkill.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah, instead on the tape we see signs of remorse. A complete and sudden emotional change. It's absolutely fascinating.
Penelope Garcia: [walking over to Prentiss, looking at Reid] I love you, Reid, but the stuff you find fascinating is sad.
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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Frio
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Written by Carlos Villalobos
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Courtesy of Alistar Records
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best criminal minds ever
4 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was so different and great.Alex is the best and that little Jake played his part just right.For the ones that don't know Alex try and find his shows. You will not be disappointed. He has the ability to change with the part he's playing. That's a sign of a good actor.I have watched criminal minds before but it never kept my interest too much. This was a special story and I'm sure was written just for Alex. It was sensitive and quiet and you saw more from the side of the serial killer. It surprised you from beginning to end. This has to be the classic show for Criminal Minds. The Derek Morgan part was unusual also. This just has to be 'a have to see show'.It had it all. We can only hope Alex will be on more programs so we can have more quality shows.


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