Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 14

Riding the Lightning

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 25, 2006 on CBS

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  • One of the best episodes of the first season of the show as we see the team travel to the Florida State Penitentiary to interview a serial killer couple for VICAP who are about to be executed in the electric chair for the murder of thirteen girls.

    Jacob and Sarah Jean Dawes are just thirty-six hours away from execution for the murder of thirteen young, blonde women. Gideon and the team have been invited by the killer couple to interview them and it will be the first time that a husband and wife serial killing team have been evaluated for VICAP.

    Jacob Dawes is cocky, self-assured and clearly enjoying all the attention but Sarah Jean is gentle, quiet and withdrawn. Gideon believes that there are several more victims whose bodies have not been located and the BAU not only want information about that but also they want to know why the girls were abducted, tortured and murdered in Jacob's workshop at the back of their house.

    When talking with Sarah Jean, (who confessed only to the murder of her two-year-old son, Riley) Gideon is convinced that she is innocent of involvement in the killing of the young women, particularly after a letter recently written to her mother suggests exactly that. As the conversation continues, and after viewing Sarah Jean's paintings, Gideon is certain that Riley Dawes is alive and, if that is indeed the case, then Sarah Jean really is innocent of murder and the BAU race desperately ahead to try and halt her execution. But will they find the evidence in time to save her from Old Sparky?

    If you want to see a superbly acted and extreme well written episode of television crime drama then you can't go past this so check it out and enjoy.
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