In Cherry Creek, Colorado - a suburb of Denver - middle class families are being murdered in their homes. The houses have been robbed only of small items of monetary worth. The victims have all thus far been traditional families - mother, father and children. The parents are gagged, bound and eventually brutally beaten whereas the children are murdered by an injection of phenobarbital. The nature of the deaths lead the BAU to believe there are two unsubs, a dominant and a submissive, the latter who acts as the angel of mercy in the way he kills the children. Through evidence, the BAU know the unsubs work their way into their victims' houses through a trusted ruse of some sort, and after entry the victims have no way of outside contact since phone lines are cut and cell phone access is blocked. They get a break in the case when in the latest attack, there is one survivor, the teen-aged daughter, Carrie Ortiz. Carrie witnessed the murders and saw the unsubs' faces. Other information ...
Did You Know?
The plot of this episode is very similar to that of the film Funny Games
(1997) in that two young men talk their way into a house to kill the unsuspecting families inside. See more
Just before the Halberts are killed, Mrs. Halbert is on a land line phone when it goes dead (presumedly cut by the unsubs). The phone makes a "fast busy" signal when this happens. However, land line phones' sounds are all generated by the phone company, which also supplies their power. The phone should've been completely silent. See more
"In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it's intimate and psychological, resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul." Barbara Ehrenreich
References Helter Skelter
Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Mark Mancina See more