Criminal Minds Review: Tragic Parenting 101

This week's compelling episode dealt with an unsub who had severe sexual identity issues.  It took some time for the BAU to puzzle out his motives and when they discovered what was driving him, their focus enlarged to include a "conversion camp". 

The unsub first murdered a man he had sex with, because he was so ashamed at doing what he'd been conditioned to think was "wrong".   Then, when he attempted to have sex with women, only to suffer shame at not being able to obtain an erection, he murdered them.  In each case, he left a watch on his victims, set to 6:22 p.m. - which in military time is 18:22.  This signaled his conditioning and self-loathing which was built on the Bible verse Leviticus 18:22 - a verse that condemns homosexuality.  As the story progressed, we learned about the abuse his parents gave him: they forced him to have sex with a prostitute and then later on sent him to a conversion camp to try and make him straight.  His love interest was also sent to the same camp.  Read More...


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