Criminal Minds (2005– )
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When the bodies of two murder victims are found in a backwoods community in West Virginia, the BAU uncovers a long-simmering feud between two families and must investigate which one of them could be responsible for the deaths.


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Adrienne Barbeau ... Cissy Howard
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Unsub
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Miles Lee
Gregory Sporleder ... Sam Caplan
Tobin Bell ... Malachi Lee
Rocky McMurray ... Captain Rogers
Stephanie C. Allen ... Teenage Cissy
Ben Adams ... Teenage Malachi Lee (as Ben C. Adams)


The BAU travels to rural West Virginia, the area around Wheeling, where two men, Clark Howard and Mathias Lee, were killed in separate incidents, both by some form of barbed wire as the murder weapon. The BAU learns that the men hated each other, leading to the question of whether the second killing was done in revenge of the first. They also learn that the men's feud extends to their extended families. The feud is currently led by Cissy Howard and Malachi Lee, the respective matriarch and patriarch of the two families, the two who have not seen or talked to each other in years by choice. What concerns the BAU is that barbed wire was stolen from three local farms, meaning that at least one other person is being targeted to be killed. The feud seems to stem historically to moonshine, and the BAU believes the current feud concerns production of today's version of moonshine: meth. But when they learn what the product being fought over is, their attention turns to Caleb Howard as the ... Written by Huggo

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2 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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The story is taken from the real life feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, two families on the West Virginia-Kentucky coast. 15 people were killed and 9 more were imprisoned because of the feud. See more »


When Garcia is listing the items that the family had ordered, she lists Lye and sodium hydroxide separately. They are the same thing. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: Looking at their case histories, both men filed dozens of harassment and nuisance lawsuits against each other, including unfounded claims of burglary and trespassing. Then, in 2011, Matthias Lee filed a civil complaint against Clark Howard "to kiss his ass". Clark Howard responded with a motion to go...
[Looks at the folder, trails off]
Dr. Spencer Reid: You can't actually do that with the male anatomy.
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Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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Wheeling WV
5 April 2014 | by stvnbcSee all my reviews

I love criminal minds, great show. This episode would have been better if it was located in southern rural WV, TN or KY. I still would not have liked the stereotypes in this episode. I wish they would have done their homework before deciding to use Wheeling WV as the location. Most folks are simply clueless when it come to this area of the country. Wheeling is farther north than Cincinnati and Columbus OH. Philadelphia, PA and it is even farther north than Washington DC. Pittsbugh, PA is closer the the heart of th Appalachians than Wheeling WV is. Wheeling is no different than Western PA or eastern OH when it comes to culture. To be honest, all of northern WV...Wheeling, Morgantown, Fairmont etc are much more like PA and OH than the rest of the state of WV. The stereotypes where absurd and completely out of place for Wheeling WV.

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