In the Mexican border town of Terlingua, Texas, three decapitated heads are found outside the sheriff's office. One of those heads was a recent death, while the other two were killed some time ago, although the decapitations themselves conducted recently. The BAU's initial thoughts are that it has to do with the border drug trade, or that because the more decomposed heads displayed now, the drug trade issue is a red herring for illegal immigration from Mexico. Indeed the three deaths are of John or Jane Doe's, fueling the BAU's speculation that they are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Believing the murders drug related, the deputy sheriffs in Terlingua arrest Omar Morales, head of one of the local drug cartels. Recently arrived Sheriff Ruiz on the other hand is certain Morales is not guilty of these murders, and that the deaths have to do with her knowledge of known illegal immigrants missing, the heads a sign for her to stop what has only been her limited investigation thus far. ...
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This episode aired in 2010, in 2009 according to Wikipedia the population of the town was only 58. Satellite photos show 20 to 30 scattered buildings and dirt roads over a 2 mile area. Unlike the multiple homes and paved roads depicted in the episode. See more
At the beginning Agent Prentiss says, "Staging their heads in front of the police station suggests the unsub might be local. You would have to have a knowledge about how to do something like that without being seen."
The only knowledge needed would be to know to drop the heads off when people are not around, like around 1 in the morning. This in no way suggests the perp has to be local. See more
Dr. Spencer Reid
Contrary to popular belief, decapitation is not that easy.
Hmm. You don't often hear "popular" and "decapitation" in the same sentence.
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