In 2004, the BAU traveled to San Jose, California for two reasons. One was to recruit Garcia, a hacker at the time, who was known in her circles as the Black Queen and who was given the choice of the job or prison. The second was to investigate the murders of eight prostitutes. Although he didn't fit the profile exactly, a man named Sam Russell then admitted to the eight murders, he who is now on death row at San Quentin, his execution scheduled in two weeks. However, the San Jose Police Department computer system was just hacked, and Russell's files stolen. The anonymous messages the SJPD received from the hackers are that Russell is innocent. Garcia believes the hackers are a vigilante justice group called Star Chamber, Russell who used to be a hacker himself and who Garcia knew online. Russell also now recants his admission of guilt, he stating that he was drug addled at the time, with the lead investigator, now retired Det. Bob Cooper, feeding him drugs to satisfy his habit in ...
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The phrase "flarpy blunderguff" is made up. They hinted it was a sexual act involving food (cheetos in this case) and edible body paint. See more
The BAU is re-investigating whether a California serial killer is actually guilty of the crimes he confessed to in 2004 because he is set to be executed in two weeks, yet California has had a de facto moratorium on executions since 2006, so unless Criminal Minds takes place in an alternate reality, there's no way California would be carrying out an execution in 2014.
Even if California were carrying out executions, it is unlikely that someone who was convicted in 2004 would be executed so quickly. As of 2013, there were more than 700 individuals on California's death row, some of whom had been convicted in the 1980s. Even if the individual had chosen not to appeal his sentence--and in this case he has--there is a lengthy automatic-appeals process that would likely see other individuals, who have exhausted all their appeals, executed before him. See more
Hackers have signatures?
Sometimes. Usually it's a message in the code to let other pros know, "Hey, this one was me." And in this case, the signature matches the DOJ hack, and it is, "Happy Fun Meow Meow."
"Happy Fun Meow Meow."
What the hell does that mean?
It was Garcia's signature before she joined the BAU.
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