Criminal Minds' 14 Most Memorable Unsubs – TV Guide

Criminal Minds will end next season, topping out with 15 seasons and more 300 episodes. Over the years, there have been some truly horrifying deaths. Sometimes the serial killers stick to pretty normal ways of murder, like stabbing someone or shooting them. Quick and easy stuff, you know? Others… well, others have found a way to stay with us long after their episode(s) has aired, whether it was because of how they tracked their victims, what they did to them afterward or who it was specifically they decided to torture.

Since no one likes to suffer alone, we at TV Guide are inviting you to to join us as we go back through the gnarliest and most haunting of Criminal Minds‘ case files and rank the 14 most memorable unsubs the show has ever produced. Maybe get a bucket before you read this, because it’s going to be rough.

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14. Nathan Harris (Anton Yelchin)

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The first unsub on our list didn’t actually kill anyone, he just really wanted to. Anton Yelchin guest-starred in Season 2 as Nathan Harris, a disturbed young man who realized he was showing all the signs of an evolving killer and wanted to stop himself before he actually killed his first victim. The torment of trying to stop his urges led him to try and kill himself, but Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) was able to save him in time. He was institutionalized in order to try and curb his urges to a manageable level, but his potential to become a monster left an indelible impression.

13. Benjamin Cyrus (Luke Perry)

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Some of the unsubs on this list made it because of the people playing them rather than their impact on the show or plotlines. Enter ’90s heartthrob Luke Perry, who played a David Koresh kind of religious cult leader. Perry’s episode felt like a huge event, with Prentiss (Paget Brewster) and Reid being stuck inside the compound trying to capture Benjamin, only to see the whole thing blown to bits after he was shot by the FBI. The cult leader left such an impression that Criminal Minds weaved him into their 300th episode a decade after his original appearance.

12. Jeffrey Charles (Cameron Monaghan)

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Long before he started breaking hearts on Shameless or taking on the Joker mantle for Gotham, Cameron Monaghan played a baby serial killer on Criminal Minds. Oh, sorry, you thought you only had to worry about adult strangers bludgeoning you to death? That’s cute. Kids also kill kids. Life is a nightmare and this show wants you to never forget.

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11. Tobias Hankel (James Van Der Beek)

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Reid has managed to get kidnapped about every other season of Criminal Minds but the most memorable of his tormentors is Tobias Hankel, played by James Van Der Beek. Tobias kept Reid tied up in his barn for days, beating him and drugging him. The team was eventually able to rescue Reid, but the trauma led Reid to have a substance abuse problem, which was tragic to watch for several episodes.

10. Dr. Stanley Howard (Michael O’Keefe)

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Hey, what’s your worst fear? What if your therapist was actually a demented serial killer who charmed you into telling him what it was and then used that as his method to kill you? Most unsubs on Criminal Minds have a weird logic to their choices in murdering, but Stanley here was just a sadist who was determined to make your phobias haunt you on the next level. Spiders are already the freaking worst, Stan, I don’t need to think about them eating me alive. I hate you, Stan. I hate you SO MUCH.

9. Robert (Erik Sunquist) and Linda Reimann (Frieda Jane)

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Female unsubs are pretty uncommon, but when they do appear, they are next level cray-cray. Linda Reimann was abused so badly by her husband she had a miscarriage. So she naturally decided to help him kidnap young girls and force them into having babies for the demented couple. If they gave birth to a boy, Linda kept him and called him Michael after her dead baby. If the girls gave birth to other girls, they were killed and their baby given up for adoption. So, it was kind of like a childbirth coin toss of death. Yeah, I would have to decline the invite to that baby shower.

8. Roger (Bud Court) and Anita Roycewood (Beth Grant)

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If you thought the child torture was over you were gravely mistaken. Blame Roger and Anita Roycewood, who kidnapped a dozen children and pretended they were their own. Oh, until that kid misbehaved and the Roycewoods killed the kid and cremated them in their funeral home. Hahahaha, it’s fine. I’m fine. Everything is fine. (It’s not fine. Can someone hold me now?)

7. Frank Breitkopf (Keith Carradine)

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Of course the most prolific killer of the entire series had to make the list. Frank Breitkopf killed more than 175 people. He was never actually caught by the BAU, choosing to kill himself and the love of his life by jumping in front of oncoming train instead of letting Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) take him in. Frank’s psychological torture of Gideon and the murder of Gideon’s girlfriend led the original leader of the BAU to resign, which was the first major shakeup for our favorite FBI agents.

6. Billy Flynn (Tim Curry)

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It’s so fun when childhood heroes decide to guest star on Criminal Minds as despicable monsters. If you want to never look at the beloved Tim Curry again, just check him out as Billy Flynn, a serial rapist and spree killer. In case you hadn’t noticed, nothing on Criminal Minds is sacred, even your love of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

5. Adam Rain (Brad Dourif)

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Move over clowns! Marionettes have taken over as the allegedly fun childhood thing that is actually made of the worst nightmare potential! Especially when those creepy AF puppets are actually humans that have been strung up to perform shows for unknowing audiences. Yes, Adam Rain took his victims and turned them into puppets to perform shows FOR THE PUBLIC. Imagine being forced to dance via string as a crowd watches but being unable to scream for help. This article is officially giving me PTSD.

4. Floyd Feylinn Ferell (Jamie Kennedy)

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Do you worry that all meat served at public barbecues is actually human meat? If you do, it’s probably because of Floyd Feylinn Ferell, the most terrifying cannibal to exist in the Criminal Minds universe. He hunted his victims, turned them into chili and then fed them to the volunteers looking for the missing girls. Seriously, this guy ruined chili and deserves to burn in hell.

3. Lucas Turner (Paul Rae)

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When it comes to horrifying ways to get rid of your victims’ bodies, Lucas Turner takes the cake. The seemingly mild-mannered pig farmer in Ontario kidnapped and tortured his victims until they died. Then he dismembered their bodies and fed them to his pigs so that all that was left of them was a pile of shoes. There were so many it was impossible to tell how many people had been killed over the years and, we repeat, fed to pigs. UGH.

2. Scratch (Bodhi Elfman)

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When it comes to psychological warfare, there are few that can compete with Peter Lewis, aka Mr. Scratch. The man orchestrated framing Reid for murder and actually did kill Stephen Walker (Damon Gupton). He wasn’t a fancy killer, but he caused a lot of deep, personal damage to the team and thus sticks out as one of their most memorable adversaries, just because we know he can get to them unlike any other killer.

1. The Reaper (C. Thomas Howell)

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The Reaper wasn’t creative with his M.O., preferring a quick and easy gun shot, but he has to top the list because of the psychological effect he had on the BAU, Hotch (Thomas Gibson) in particular. Not only did he evade capture for several episodes, but his final task was hunting down Hotch’s family and killing his wife (Meredith Monroe). The image of Hotch hearing his wife being murdered over the phone while he sits helplessly in his car is seared into our memories forever.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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Chinese national anthem abuse: ‘two years to investigate is too long’ – South China Morning Post

Giving law enforcers two years to investigate abuses of the national anthem under a proposed law is too much time, according to two top criminal lawyers.

Former deputy director of public prosecutions John Reading and veteran criminal lawyer Stephen Hung Wan-shun were responding to the bill the government unveiled on Wednesday which seeks to criminalise any public abuse of March of the Volunteers.

Under the bill, the authorities would have up to two years from the time of the incident to decide whether to lay charges against offenders.

If alleged wrongdoing came to light at a later date but the timing of it was unclear, police could also lay charges within one year of the discovery.

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Prosecutors typically are required to press charges for offences heard by magistrates’ courts within six months, while there is no time limit for more serious crimes, such as the public nuisances charges Occupy leaders are facing or bribery related offences.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said there was a practical need for a lengthier period before the authorities decided on charges.

“In some cases involving a large crowd, police may need more time to investigate,” Nip said on Thursday, referring to spectators booing the national anthem before the start of a soccer match.

“Also, when some [abusive acts] are published via social media or foreign IP addresses, it may take longer to collect evidence.”

Reading, however, said two years was too long when it came to charging those who abused the national anthem.

“For charging and summoning offenders, that could easily be done,” he said. “It’s a bit unusual.”

He also rejected the government’s argument that authorities needed time to deal with social media hosts, saying Hong Kong courts may not have jurisdiction anyway if the alleged abuse was broadcast overseas.

Hung, a veteran criminal lawyer, also doubted the two-year period was really necessary.

“The existing National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance doesn’t have a similar [relaxed prosecution] rule,” Hung said. “We don’t want the offence to be viewed as retribution … offenders caught under the radar and only charged when prosecutors wanted.”

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He said the time limit should be shortened to within a year of when the offence took place.

Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan said her party would move amendments to delete the two-year time frame, highlighting how an investigation into localist lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai was completed well within six months. Cheng was in 2017 fined HK$5,000 (US$641) for desecrating small Chinese and Hong Kong flags in the Legislative Council the previous year by flipping them over.

In response, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said the bill already had the right balance.

There are similar time extensions in at least five ordinances, although they are typically related to white collar crime. For instance, prosecutors can bring a case under the Securities and Futures Ordinance within three years, or one to two years for some relatively minor offences under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

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Companies can also be sued within three years for producing substandard goods under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance.

Offenders of the proposed national anthem law could face a maximum three years in jail and a fine of HK$50,000.

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Alphabet's board of directors is being sued for allegations that it covered up claims of sexual harassment by top executives (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • Alphabet’s board of directors are being sued over allegations of covering up company executives accused of sexual harassment or discrimination. 
  • The lawsuit, on behalf of an Alphabet shareholder, cites Android creator Andy Rubin’s alleged $90 million exit package following an internal investigation into his behavior.
  • “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to the California court filing. 

The board members of Google-parent company Alphabet are being sued over allegations that the company routinely covered up claims of sexual harassment by executives, including Android creator Andy Rubin who received a $90 million exit package and a “hero’s farewell” following an internal investigation about his behavior.

The lawsuit, filed in California state court on Thursday by an Alphabet shareholder, alleges that the board of directors and top executives, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, failed in their responsibility to investors by letting the harassment carry on. 

“Alphabet’s Board knew about allegations of sexual harassment by  numerous high‐level executives at Google, which the Company found to be ‘credible’ after performing internal investigations and review, and yet failed to disclose the finding that the allegations were credible, and  instead allowed the high ‐level executives to resign with lavish pay packages,” the complaint says. 

In October, The New York Times published details about the allegation that led to Rubin’s dismissal — including his pressuring a woman with whom he had an extramarital relationship into performing oral sex. The Times report also exposed that Rubin was given a $90 million exit package by the company even after an internal investigation found the woman’s complaint to be credible. 

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News of how Alphabet handled the allegations led to thousands of employees staging a walkout in protest last November. 

“Because of Rubin’s importance to Google’s financial results, he was treated differently than other employees by Google’s Board and senior management,” the suit says. “He was given more deference and was lavished with compensation.”

The lawsuit is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, as well as remedies such as eliminating the dual class stock structure that gives Alphabet founders Page and Brin control of the company.  The suit is the first brought against Alphabet’s board, according to Bloomberg, which first reported news of the lawsuit. 

Louise Renne, a former San Francisco City Attorney who is representing the plaintiff, did not answer questions about the lawsuit. Alphabet was did not immediately return a request for comment. 

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