Reid is suffering from prolonged headaches and hallucinations, which he has not told the team. The symptoms are exacerbated by exposure to light, which will not be helped by needing to travel to Miami, Florida for their next case. Three people so far in a Latino neighborhood have been murdered in what looks to be some sort of Afro-Caribbean religious ritual. The victims, all murdered in their home (if you count that the one homeless man was murdered where he usually sleeps), had their eyes and mouth covered with shells. Hands or fingers were severed and some animals were also sacrificed. All the victims seemed to have willingly participated in the ritual ceremony before they were murdered, meaning that they knew their killer. The team's task in finding the unsub is made more difficult in that the residents of the neighborhood are suspect of outsiders, especially the authorities. In speaking to Hollis Walker Jr., a local college professor and authority on Afro-Caribbean religions, they... Written by
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When Hotch and Prentiss are in the victim's room in the beginning of the episode, Hotch says the un-sub turned his crucifix upside down. This is incorrect- a crucifix is a cross with an image of Jesus on it. What was on the wall was just a cross made of many shells. See more
Reid? Anything helpful?
Dr. Spencer Reid
Yeah. Yeah... The Afro-Caribbean syncretic religions began when slaves mixed their traditional religions with Catholicism in order to camouflage them. The elements in this altar look to me like Santeria. It's a Yoruban-based religion developed in Cuba. Practitioners worship Orishas, deities that roughly correspond with Catholic saints.
And what about the shells?
Dr. Spencer Reid
Let's see. This is Ellegua, the deity of the crossroads, a trickster and the impartial enforcer of justice.