During the Halloween season as Garcia prepares for a Day of the Dead celebration at her apartment for the team, the BAU is called to Provo, Utah to investigate the murder of a Jane Doe, whose dead body was crushed beyond recognition beneath a pile of boulders in a state park outside of the city. The woman, who is eventually identified as Gloria Carlyle, had deep lacerations on her arms, a burn mark on her body, and all material embellishments removed from her person. Her recent past included leaving a Utopian sect three months earlier, that sect which was involved in a similar mysterious death five years ago. The team finds another dead body shortly after their arrival, the similarities being that the victim is young, female and blond. A third victim initially confuses the team as it is a he, who was morally perverse. It is that latter issue and the similar burn mark found on his body - which the team will eventually learn is a brand - that may provide the nature of the ritual ...
Did You Know?
At 3 minutes, Reid tries to quote a famous Clint Eastwood line from the original Dirty Harry movie. The actual line is, "I know what you're thinking. Did he fire 6 shots or only 5?" Reid gets it wrong. See more
At the crime scene, Reid says of the rocks piled on the body, "These are sedimentary conglomerates with rounded clasts," then goes on, "The rest of this canyon is tertiary rhyolite volcanics, which means the unsub must have brought these rocks with him." - The finder(s) of the body were fossil hunters, they wouldn't be hunting fossils in an area of igneous rocks.
In real life, the scene appears to have been shot in/near Vasquez Rocks, LA County, which are mostly coarse-grained conglomerate and breccia sediments, and are a good place for fossils hunters. See more
Sgt. Joe Mahaffey
[to JJ, about Reid who is reading giant print-outs spread out on the floor
I've learned to stop asking questions about this guy!
References Dirty Harry
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