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He killed my daughter! He killed Megan!
Feretich as he is led away by Morgan and Reid

Larry Feretich is a poisoner, serial-turned-spree killer, and one-time mass murderer, who appears in "Brothers Hotchner."

Background

Few details are known about Larry's life prior to "Brothers Hotchner," other than he worked as a baggage handler at Franklin Airport and that he apparently has a good amount of experience with drugs. On March 16, 2013, his daughter Megan died in a bar called the Obsidian, and the death was written up as an apparent ecstasy overdose. Unconvinced, he blamed a man named Jim Peters, who owned the Obsidian, and formulated a revenge scheme to get back at him by targeting a bar he owned and poisoning unsuspecting customers, presumably to attract bad reputations for Peters' venues. Knowing that the authorities would trace a potential attack back to him, Larry ignored the Obsidian and targeted another bar owned by Peters called the Edinburgh, which coincidentally employed Sean Hotchner, the brother of SSA Aaron Hotchner.

After killing a fellow baggage handler named Mike Spires, who was also a courier for drug dealers, Larry assumed his identity and began importing a powerful drug known as PMMA, infamously nicknamed as "Doctor Death" due to its lethal nature upon being used frequently. He mixed the PMMA with methamphetamine and left it at several drop-off points for drug dealers, who assumed it was liquid ecstasy and sold it to customers. The drug took its effect on four patrons of the Edinburgh, including Sean's girlfriend Linda Heiying. What Larry didn't realize is that Peters and his employees spiked some bottles of white wine with his drug as a prank, not knowing about its lethal effects.

Brothers Hotchner

When a fifth victim, a barfly named Anna Johnson, dies in front of Sean and the manager, the former calls in Hotch for assistance, as he is suspicious of her death when it is viewed as an ecstasy overdose, and also when the manager was hesitant to call 911 even after Anna died. Meanwhile, Larry goes on a killing spree, claiming six victims celebrating at a rave party, including a man who received the drugs and supplied it to the other victims. Shortly afterward, a couple dies in front of their daughter after drinking white wine spiked by Peters. Finally gaining enough confidence from his killings, and also angered towards him over the couple's deaths, Larry attacks Peters directly, smashing his car into his at a parking lot. Then, he kills Peters by forcing PMMA down his nose and throat and then leaving him to die. Eventually, Garcia tracks down the record trail left by Larry in Spires's name. The BAU eventually identify Larry as the unsub and track him down to Franklin Airport. There, Morgan and Reid confront him; he pushes a cart at the former and makes a run for it. However, Reid instantly subdues him, and Larry is arrested. As he is taken away, he starts ranting that Peters killed his daughter. He is likely incarcerated for the murders afterwards.

Hours later, someone kills the BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss in a style that combines the M.O.'s of Larry and another killer the team apprehended about two weeks ago.

Modus Operandi

Larry's victims would all be killed by overdosing on PMMA, which would cause their internal temperature to rise to a point where they were literally boiling from the inside-out. As a result, they would bleed out severely from their mouth, nose, ears, and even eyes before dying. He would have the PMMA imported from Canada to his workplace and then mix it with methamphetamine to make it appear as having the same effects as liquid ecstasy and to dilute the effects of the PMMA so the victims would want to take more of it, ensuring their deaths. He would then place it in vials and leave it at multiple drop-off points (excluding one where the drugs would be routed to the Obsidian, the same bar where his daughter died, as part of a forensic countermeasure), where it would be picked up by drug dealers who would then sell it to local clubs such as the Edinburgh, one of the clubs Jim Peters owned, and underground party venues. While one victim was initially killed at a time by the PMMA they bought from the dealers, multiple victims would later be killed at once, like a large group of people celebrating at a rave party. Some of the victims weren't killed at the bar, instead being poisoned by white wine delivered by the bar, which had been spiked by Peters and his accomplices.

When he attacked Jim Peters, he subdued him by crashing his SUV into his car, and then personally killed him by forcing PMMA down his nose and throat. Considering that he wasn't equipped with poison at the time of his first murder, it is unknown as to how he killed Mike Spires, although considering his death was written up as a car accident, it is possible he killed him using a vehicle.

Profile

The unsub is a sociopath who is poisoning his victims with a drug known as PMMA (also known by its street name of "Dr. Death") and may be altering the drug to make it more lethal to everyone who uses it. He gets off on the spectacle, and to him, it is not just about the victims; it is about the witnesses. His goal is to incite fear, meaning that he is very desperate for attention and that he wants all eyes on his work because he craves recognition. He will be paying close attention to the media, allowing him to relive the crimes. He uses a drug known for its euphoric effect as if he wants to take happiness away from his victims. He is taking the law into his own hands by killing known drug users. The rave party massacre means the unsub is trying to make some form of statement. He wants to increase his body count and doesn't care who he kills (this later proved to be false as the unsub did not mean to kill Bernard and Catherine Hatchitt).

The murder of his recent victim Jim Peters is personal and indicates that he is no longer content to sit back and watch as his victims die. He may also have had a grudge against Peters for some reason; he may hold Peters responsible for Thane Parks dosing the Edinburgh's supply of wine, as that was not his intent and may even target other employees of the Edinburgh. The unsub killed Mike Spires as a way of getting access to the drug supply and may be a baggage handler like Spires, as they are paid to keep quiet when giving the drugs they import to dealers. He may have also suffered a drug-related death in his family.

Real-Life Comparison

Larry's killings seem to be based of the paraquat murders, a series of murders that occurred in Japan in 1985, in which people were poisoned by drinks containing pesticides that were in or around vending machines. In both cases, the victims were killed by beverages laced with poisons and the body counts were in the double-digits.

Known Victims

  • 2013:
    • April 26: Mike Spires (killed by unknown causes for access to the drug supply; his death was written up as a traffic accident)
    • May 15-21:
      • Jason Purgas
      • Linda Heying (Sean Hotchner's girlfriend; unintentionally killed)
      • Richard Burog
      • Erik Sullivan (unintentionally killed)
    • May 22: Anna Johnson (unintentionally killed)
    • May 22-23: Six killed in the rave party massacre, including the drug supplier. They are:
      • Jason Pampas
      • Janet Lamore
      • Charlotte Dovson
      • Richard Kutzig
      • Conrad McCarty
      • Joe
    • May 23: Bernard and Catherine Hatchitt (both unintentionally killed)
    • May 24: Jim Peters (subdued by a car crash, forced PMMA down his nose and throat, and left for dead)

Notes

  • Larry Feretich is the sixth of only seven serial killers on the show to successfully kill all of the victims they targeted. This is a very rare occurrence, as almost all serial killers depicted on the show have at least one survivor. The others are:
    • Steven Fitzgerald ("In Heat") - A serial-turned-spree killer who killed eight homosexual men.
    • Vincent Rowlings ("The Big Wheel") - A prolific serial killer who successfully killed a dozen women and a gangbanger who tried to rob him (though he still managed to shoot Vincent, who died hours later from the gunshot wound).
    • Megan Kane ("Pleasure Is My Business") - A serial-turned-spree killer and poisoner who killed four divorced fathers who refused to pay child support.
    • Lee Mullens ("Remembrance of Things Past") - A prolific serial killer and abductor who killed two dozen women.
    • Paul Westin ("Broken") - A homosexual serial killer who killed four men and two women, the men being homosexual.
    • Charles Johnson ("Strange Fruit") - A serial killer who successfully killed four people, two of which were responsible for castrating him when he was younger.
  • Larry bears similarities with Patrick Meyers ("Nameless, Faceless") - Both are spree killers (Larry was later) and fathers who lost a child in an accident of some sort and both attacked whom they believed was responsible. However, Larry succeeded in killing his target, whereas Patrick wasn't as successful.
  • Larry Feretich is the ninth of only twelve serial killers on the show who have killed at least a dozen victims, yet not be a prolific killer since their crimes did not occur over the course of at least three years. The others are:
    • Pablo Vargas ("Machismo") - A serial rapist and abductor-turned-serial killer who killed at least 13 victims within a two-year span.
    • Charles Holcombe ("Legacy") - A "house cleaner"-type serial killer who killed at least 64 victims within at least a year.
    • Stanley Howard ("Scared to Death") - A serial killer who killed 17 victims within a two-year span.
    • Jonny McHale ("True Night") - A serial-turned-spree killer, one-time mass murderer, one-time abductor, and vigilante who killed 14 victims within a 16-day span.
    • Armando Salinas ("Catching Out") - A serial-turned-spree killer, robber, and one-time cop killer who killed 14 victims within a 32-day span.
    • Eric Olson ("Zoe's Reprise") - A serial killer, copycat, and budding serial rapist-turned-spree killer who killed 12 victims in an almost two-month span.
    • James Thomas ("Compromising Positions") - A serial-turned-spree killer and one-time mass murderer who killed 15 victims in at least two weeks.
    • Trevor Mills ("A Thin Line") - A serial killer, family annihilator, and abductor-turned-spree killer and attempted assassin who killed 17 victims within an eight-day span.
    • Jake Logan ("Killer App") - A serial killer, mass murderer, serial bomber, one-time cop killer, workplace shooter, and one-time abductor-turned-spree killer who killed at least 379 victims in an almost two-year span.
    • Kevon Winters ("Miasma") - A "house cleaner" and "angel of death"-type serial killer and poisoner-turned-arsonist who killed 13 victims within a 24-day span
    • Mark Henshaw ("All You Can Eat") - A poisoner, stalker, and serial killer-turned-mass murderer who killed 12 victims in a three-day span.

Appearances