|Family|| Unnamed mother-in-law|
Mary Wilkinson (wife)
Charlie Wilkinson (son; deceased)
Stephen Foley (son)
Chrissy Wilkinson (daughter-in-law)
|Pathology|| Serial Rapist|
|Modus Operandi|| Rape and torture|
Dismemberment with an axe
|No. of Victims|| 5 killed|
1 abducted and tortured
|Portrayed By||Matt Hoffman|
|First Appearance||"Birthright" (via flashbacks)|
"They like it when they get to share me."
Presumably a farmer, Robert lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife Mary, who left him in 1979 after becoming pregnant, fearing for her and her baby's safety due to Robert being violent when he drinks. His wife abandoning him caused Robert to snap and prompted him into kidnapping a troubled girl named Karen Foley, who he tortured and raped for days, keeping her captive in his barn and a small cave on the outskirts of his property. While Robert was passed out drunk one night, Karen, realizing that her bonds were loose and the barn door was unlocked, managed to escape, though her story went largely unbelieved due to her history of drug abuse and running off. Karen later gave birth to her and Robert's son, Stephen Foley.
After Karen's escape, Robert went on to abduct and rape another five women, keeping them captive for weeks before chopping them up with an axe and dumping the body parts in a nearby Civil War battlefield. A year after leaving him, Mary returned to Robert and, within hours, realized what he had done. Wanting to protect her son, Mary killed Robert with his own combine harvester, making his death look like an accident. In Birthright, Mary and Robert's son, Charlie, eventually found out what his father was and felt a connection to him, coming to believe it was his destiny to be like Robert. While investigating Charlie's murders, the local police and the BAU also discovered it was Robert who was responsible for the 1980 murders.
The unsub was believed to be a farm worker and also a possible migrant in his mid-twenties who would be reckless and a heavy drinker, meaning he may have had several DUIs and been charged with other minor offenses. The unsub was meticulous and had two areas of control, one to torture his victims in and another to keep them captive; the locations likely being privately owned facilities such as barns, workshops or garages. As his wife leaving him was his stressor, Robert was likely unable to deal with abandonment, meaning his mother may have left him when he was young. Such an event could have also instilled Robert with a type of Madonna-whore complex, which caused him to think of his wife as pure and untouchable, so he would find disposable girls to act as substitutes for her.
Modus Operandi Edit
Robert would abduct female drug addicts and runaways, keeping two at a time. In his barn, Robert would force the girls to dance to music (an event he called "a party") and rape and torture them via beating and burning. After the "party" in the barn, Robert would keep the girls in a secluded cave near his residence, putting a burlap sack over their heads while taking them to and from the cavern. After a couple weeks, Robert would kill one of the girls by hacking them up with an axe and spreading the body parts around the site of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Robert also wrote about his murders in a private journal, which his son Charlie eventually found. Oddly, unlike the rest of Robert's victims, Karen Foley was apparently kept disoriented via drugs, and was forced to call her family.
Robert's enjoyment of attacking two victims at once might have been inspired by Gerard Schaefer, who had a habit of abducting two women at a time before raping, torturing and killing them and then writing about it in a journal.
Known Victims Edit
- Karen Foley (raped, apparently drugged and tortured; she escaped)
- Anita Milwerth
- Tiffany Foundry
- Sharon Chroniger
- Two other unnamed victims killed prior to his death