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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Penelope Garcia: The video on this film is analog. It's since been digitized, but it is seriously degraded.
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Meaning what?
Penelope Garcia: Meaning this kind of degradation only happens over at least a decade and thousands of repeating viewings.
David Rossi: It's the only way he can get any release.
Det. Lynne Henderson: Then you're right, he's been doing this for ten years.
Penelope Garcia: Uh... more like twenty. That woman in this video, she's wearing a sweater I haven't seen since "Flashdance".
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An extraordinary performance by Alex O'Loughlin!
1 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was outstanding. Words cannot describe the emotion and pure genius of Alex O'Loughlin. I usually do not feel bad for a killer, but I could not help myself in this instance. Alex O'Loughlin portrays his character with a touch of innocence, anguish, and eerie understanding of a criminal's mind. I have never been touched so much by a single hour of television. Surely, this very talented actor deserves an Emmy for such an extraordinary performance. This is an actor on his way of becoming a legend in his own time. Criminal Minds "The Big Wheel" is just an example of the versatility of Mr. O'Loughlin. Watch him on his next two movies: "Whiteout" and "The Back-Up Plan." Plus, if "Three Rivers" is picked up on CBS, he will be returning to TV in the Fall.


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