Within 18 hours of their common time together, 12 people who visited Quiet Hills Park in Annapolis, Maryland, have died from anthrax poisoning, with at least 13 more in emergency rooms headed in the same direction. It is a highly sophisticated strain of anthrax, meaning that it was developed by someone with a science background. The military is called in as the BAU believes that such scientific work is the specialty of the military, the resulting pathogen was used as a potential WMD. Although the strain of the pathogen is not being used by the military, military scientists are the most likely candidates able to develop such a strain. The attack site, a family-oriented public park, is contrary to such work, and thus the BAU believes the site is personal to the perpetrator. Because of the panic it could cause, there is a media blackout on the story, which negatively affects some on the team, some for personal and some for professional reasons. The team is hit even harder when deep into ... Written by
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When General Whitworth first arrives at the BAU, he and Hotch discuss the handling of Dr. Hatfill in 2001. Dr. Steven Hatfill was a virologist and biological weapons expert at Fort Detrick. In 2002, Hatfill became the prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks. His personal and professional life were severely damaged by the investigation. Hatfill sued the government. In 2008, the government settled the lawsuit by paying Dr. Hatfill $4.6 million (after attorney fees). The Justice Department also officially exonerated him, stating that after their intensive investigation, it was clear Dr. Hatfill was in no way involved in the attacks. See more
After interviewing one of the victims at the hospital, Dr. Linda Kimura tells Dr. Spencer Reid that before death, the other victims exhibited aphasia due to the impact of the anthrax on the parietal lobe of the brain. The type of aphasia shown, fluent aphasia, where the patient combines unconnected words incoherently, is usually due to damage in the temporal lobe. Damage isolated to the parietal lobe might result in some minor language difficulties, but would not likely cause aphasia. See more
Dr. Spencer Reid
[wakes up in hospital
Are you eating jello?
[to the hallway
Hey, Doc. He's awake.
Dr. Spencer Reid
Is there any *more* jello?
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Written by Mark Mancina See more