Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 4

Children of the Dark

Aired Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • Hotchner: You know it's bad if they're inviting us back.
      Hotchner mentions how surprised he is to find that the BAU has been consulted on a Colorado case because of the JonBenet Ramsey investigation. In December 1996, 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was reported missing from her Boulder, Colorado home. JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy, found a ransom demand and called in local police. Law enforcement was accused of making many major mistakes immediately – including neglecting to search the home, but instead sending Mr. Ramsey and a friend to do so. When the two men searched the basement hours later they found the body of the little girl. Leaks to the local press from various sources in local law enforcement and the DA's office led to a media circus focusing all suspicion on JonBenet's parents. Boulder authorities focused on John and Patsy Ramsey as suspects in their daughter's death. Later, the Ramseys hired John E. Douglas, former head of the FBI's BSU (Behavioral Sciences Unit) to go over the evidence. He concluded that the Ramseys had nothing to do with JonBenet's death, and published a book on the subject, making the claim that the case would not be solved. Colorado law enforcement was not happy with Douglas' conclusions. No indictments have ever been made concerning this crime.

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