In this first of a two-part episode, Section Chief Cruz asks the team to investigate a case involving the murders and post-mortem mutilations of a prostitute in Texas.
They quickly discover there were three prostitutes killed with the same MO, including one male prostitute.
It turns out the prostitution ring is run by the town preacher, and the owner of the bar.
Garcia discovers that the preacher had been brought up on pimp charges before, as well as a charge for assault on one of his girls. In the latter case, the girl had received criss-crossed cuts on her back, as a way of his establishing ownership.
Turns out someone in town knew about this, and had cut the dead prostitutes exactly the same way, in order to frame the preacher.
The unsub lures the preacher to a diner. Upon entering it, the preacher discovers three dead bodies on the floor. On one table are some guns and a lot of ammo.
The unsub calls the preacher on the cell phone and informs him that the police know where he is, and are on their way.
When the police and BAU arrive, the preacher looks at the guns, and then out the window. Someone shoots one of the deputies, and they all begin firing at the preacher in the bar. The preacher starts using the nearby guns and manages to shoot Reid, and some deputies.
Morgan storms in the door, but the preacher guns him down too.
Rossi: The name written on her forehead was a mystery. Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth - Revelation 17:5
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Rossi: What kind of knife did he use?
Coroner: A sharp one.
Blake: We ruled out rape, but you still needed to run a rape kit on her. Why didn't you?
Coroner: She was a hooker. This was easy math.
Rossi: Well how about this. If this were torture, the victim would be flailing about. You'd see a jagged cutting pattern as a result.
Blake: The marks on Abigail Jones are clean. How do you account for that?
Rossi: Well did you find drugs in the autopsy or tox screen?
Coroner: Oh I didn't order any of that.
Rossi: Why not?
Coroner: COD was a gunshot wound to the head. Hello!
Blake: Doctor, where did you go to medical school?
Coroner: Oh I ain't a doctor. I was elected to this position.
Rossi: Ahhh. Democracy in action.
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