Iraq War veteran Sgt. William Hightower goes to extreme measures to get authorities to investigate the disappearance of several people in Detroit, Michigan, one of those people being his sister Lee. The reason why the Detroit Police Department did not originally investigate is because those missing are exclusively people who live on the streets, specifically those that call the streets of the Cass Corridor home. Despite Hightower's action potentially landing him in jail, he gets his wish in that the BAU are brought in to investigate. The BAU's investigation brings them into Canada. Although they are there on the invitation of the RCMP, the BAU face the obvious problem of jurisdiction. When they get to the site and person they believe the unsub, they are initially dumbfounded due to the unsub's physical state. But he may know more than at first glance, which they will have to get out of him before the latest missing person, a young woman named Kelly, is found dead. This case is ... Written by
The unsub in this episode is named Mason Turner and feeds the remains of his victims to his pigs. This is a nod to a character from Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series - Mason Verger, who also fed people to his pigs. See more »
It is stated that there are only woods on the other side of the Detroit border. In fact, the city of Windsor, Ontario lies across the border with a population similar to New Orleans, LA. The surrounding area is mainly flat farming land with only small and sparse wooded coverage. See more »
Oddly enough, this episode's plot skated so close to the reality of the Pickton case in B.C. that it's where the writers deviated from real events with their own fictional flourishes (the paralysed doctor, the cognitively disabled brother, the distracting and otherwise unnecessary complication of the disabled vet, the - necessary for the show's premise - cross border involvement of the show's protagonists) that the real, dry-mouth horror of the murders in B.C. was watered down and sugar coated for the audience.
For the best, I think.
As much as I like this series, I'm not sure how I feel about raiding the headlines for story material when the headlines are this recent and families and communities who are still coming to terms with the shock of what happened to their children must also come to grips with the commodification of their personal tragedy for the purposes of making entertainment.
This isn't the first time CM has worked a high profile story from real life into its fictional world, and of course it won't be the last. I suspect what bugs me is that the Pickton murders happened so very recently that the newspaper ink is still wet and the real-time suffering of everyone involved is still pretty fresh and urgent.
I guess it wouldn't be fair to ask every sleuthing procedural to treat a topic like this the way that Da Vinci's Inquest did, but, as much as I do appreciate CM, I really hope it doesn't stray into this area very often.
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