The Rogue Deputies (so named in this wiki) were an organization of corrupt Sheriff's Deputies and other citizens of Silverton, Texas, who orchestrated a series of murders in Season Nine of Criminal Minds.
The corrupt Deputies were organized after Owen McGregor became involved in a wide variety of criminal enterprises. At some point, in an effort to keep their activities a secret, they orchestrated the death of their Sheriff (whom they saw as a loose end) in a shootout during a drug raid. However, when that failed, they killed him on March 20, 2013, by administering medication he was allergic to instead. The entire conspiracy was witnessed by a group of prostitutes employed by local Christian preacher Justin Mills, with whom McGregor made a deal to keep himself and his prostitutes silent. As a result, the Deputies threatened Dinah Stidham, a bartender who collected the prostitutes' money for Mills, into compliance, warning her that they would kill her son Josh if she disobeyed their orders. When Peter Coleman took over the position of Sheriff, they began killing again, targeting prostitutes who were working for Mills, starting with a male prostitute named Lucas Wagner after he threatened to expose them. Six months later, they murdered a female prostitute, Hanna Kelly, dumping her body one jurisdiction over. For both victims, they carved wounds onto their backs as a reference to a detail of Mills's past (in 2009, he had carved wounds into the back of a Canadian prostitute before arriving in Texas to start over his prostitution ring).
Five months after their second murder, they tortured Abigail Jones, who is then killed by McGregor. As a result, the BAU is summoned after Coleman appeals to Cruz, whom he knew from their days as Texas Rangers. Two days into the BAU's investigation, during which Mills offers his assistance, McGregor and the Deputies kill another one of Mills's prostitutes, Tabitha Ryerson. During this murder, they intentionally deviate greatly from their M.O. in order to set up the scenario that Mills was devolving. However, when the BAU become convinced of Mills's innocence, the Deputies immediately change their strategy, orchestrating a shootout between Mills and the BAU, during which McGregor is able to successfully kill Coleman before fleeing.
The shootout ends after Mills is forced out of the bar by Morgan and JJ and then shot and killed by the former. Reid, who is shot in the neck by Mills, witnesses McGregor escaping the scene of the shootout before going to the hospital to recover. McGregor later orders Marty Bennett, Vicky Lorenzana, and the other corrupt Deputies to kill the BAU. He personally tries to kill Reid, but is cut off by Garcia, who heads into his room and shuts the door in his face, locking it. As a result, he orders Greg Baylor, one of his inferiors, to kill both of them. Bennett and Lorenza later pull over Rossi and Blake in a road in the middle of the woods. They approach their SUV and pull out their guns, but Rossi and Blake shoot both of them first and escape.
McGregor finds Bennett and Lorenza wounded and murders them. He then heads off to a junkyard he owns, where three accomplices are smuggling in illegal immigrants. At the hospital, Baylor tries to poison Reid, then pulls out a gun when he is unable to, but Garcia quickly pulls out Reid's gun and shoots him. He is then treated for his gunshot wound and is incarcerated. Hotch, JJ, and Morgan arrive at the junkyard and are engaged in a shootout. All three smugglers, along with a Deputy who joins the shootout midway, are shot and killed by JJ and Morgan, while McGregor attacks Hotch and tries to shoot him with his gun, but is shot and killed by him in return. Afterwards, the Texas Rangers take over the investigation after being called in by Cruz, and all of the remaining members of the ring are indefinitely incarcerated.
The Deputies initially targeted their own Sheriff, attempting to stage his death through a shootout during a drug raid. However, when that failed, they instead poisoned him with medication, provoking a fatal allergic reaction during his hospitalization. Starting in 2013, they targeted both male and female prostitutes working under Mills's employment, luring them in with the ruse of sex before abducting them, binding them with rope, and torturing them by carving wounds into their back with a knife, all as part of a consensual S&M. The amount and the deepness of the carve wounds would always increase with each victim. Once they were done, McGregor would then kill them by shooting them once in the back of the head execution-style using a handgun. In the case of Tabitha Ryerson, he shot her in the back of the neck before carving wounds onto her back, not after. Post-mortem, they washed her legs in lavender (as a reference to spikenard, which is mentioned in the Gospel as the ointment used for Jesus's feet) and posed her body; this deviation in their M.O. was to convince the BAU that Tabitha's murder was more religion-oriented than the previous ones and therefore lead to suspicion being placed on Mills.
During their killing of Sheriff Coleman, they would stage a shootout between Mills and law enforcement once the former began to feel the heat and was manipulated by McGregor to shoot his way out; McGregor would then kill Coleman under the cover of the shootout, which some other corrupt Deputies would also participate in. Later on, when the BAU began to catch onto their true intentions, they started targeting the entire team; how they intended to cover up the murders of the BAU is never known. Little else is known about their other crimes.
The ring was initially profiled as a single unsub, described as a white male in his early 30s. While his M.O. is indicative to that of a sadist, it is believed that there is an underlying pathology to him, which is called a "wound collector", someone who uses a lifetime of slights, grievances, and wrongdoings as a justification for violence. He is low-key and almost submissive in public, something that he uses to attract a prostitute. However, once under the safety of isolation, his real nature will be revealed. This is the type of man who would anonymously express himself online, ranting on how prostitutes are filled with disease and filth, and therefore deserve what is coming to them, which is most likely to cover the rejection of a woman or a spouse who has wronged him in some way. The latter fact indicates that he has a working-class or part-time job, giving him time to plan and execute the murders. He is also strong and good with his hands, and probably drives a work-truck or a large vehicle, which allows him to move his victims' bodies and carry the tools he uses for posing them. Tabitha Ryerson's murder means that he is losing control; he killed her inside her home and transported her body to the woods so he could mutilate her post-mortem. The public nature of the display of Tabitha's corpse is a message to the authorities; he is showing them that he is smarter than them.
As the investigation progressed, it became clear that a group is responsible for the killings. There is one strong leader, identified as McGregor, and one lieutenant who appears trustworthy but has the access and skill set to do a lot of damage, identified as Bennett. The members of this group are willing to murder anyone (including their own Sheriffs and even FBI agents) to maintain the secrecy of their criminal activities. However, when it was clear that there would be no way out, the Deputies are willing to die rather than go to jail, but not before taking anyone with them. The original profile provided by the BAU (shown above) was still accurate (though only partially so) to McGregor: he was a strong white male in his early 30s who was good with his hands and drove a large vehicle.
The Deputies' case may have been inspired by that of the Jeff Davis 8, in which the bodies of eight women, all of whom also had involvement with drugs or prostitution, were found in swamps and canals around the city of Jennings, Louisiana. Just like in Angels and Demons, the Jeff Davis 8 murders were initially believed to be the work of a serial killer, but an in-depth investigation by a third party eventually revealed the possibility of a larger conspiracy at work, revolving around the sheriff's office. Also like in Angels and Demons, the Jeff Davis 8 victims knew each other; there was a complex web of connections between the victims, suspects, and police; and several people closely connected with the case (including at least one of the victims) witnessed an alleged unlawful killing by police, which led to the Jeff Davis 8 murders because many of the victims had sensitive information on this killing.
- Leader: Owen McGregor (deceased). Portrayed by Michael Trucco.
- Lieutenant: Marty Bennett (deceased). Portrayed by Brady Smith.
- Vicky Lorenzana (deceased). Portrayed by Romi Dias.
- Greg Baylor (the undercover nurse; deceased). Portrayed by Potsch Boyd.
- Everett (first name unrevealed; deceased). Portrayed by David Atkinson.
- Travis Henson (McGregor's informant; deceased). Portrayed by Gary Cairns.
- Several unnamed others (all incarcerated). All portrayed by uncredited actors.
- At least three unnamed accomplices (all deceased). All portrayed by uncredited actors.
- Presumably killed numerous unnamed victims prior to "Angels" as part of their criminal activities
- March 20: The unnamed previous Sheriff (died from an allergic reaction from administered medication while hospitalized)
- June 21: Lucas Wagner (tortured by five knife wounds to the back before being killed)
- November 27: Hanna Kelly (tortured by nine knife wounds to the back before being killed; dumped her body in a different jurisdiction)
- May 4: Abigail Jones (tortured by twelve knife wounds to the back before being killed)
- May 6: Tabitha Ryerson (shot in the back of the neck inside her home; washed her legs in lavender and mutilated her back with at least twelve knife wounds post-mortem)
- May 7: Preacher Justin Mills (attempted; shot at repeatedly during a shootout, but missed; was killed by Morgan)
- May 8:
- The corrupt Deputies have some similarities with Ronald Boyd, a criminal who appeared in Season Five. Like the corrupt Deputies, Boyd was a Sheriff's Deputy in Texas who targeted high-risk victims (illegal immigrants) as part of a much larger scheme to kill his Sheriff, attempted to frame someone else for the murders he committed, and met his downfall after engaging in a shootout with members of the BAU. As a further reference to Boyd, Demons (the episode that revealed the Deputies' criminal activities) marks 100 episodes since the airing of A Rite of Passage, the episode that featured Boyd.
- The group is also similar to the New York Terrorist Cell, which appeared in Seasons Three and Four. Both organizations committed a string of murders and made them resemble the work of a serial killer, with the intention of covering up a larger plot.
- ↑ It is erroneously stated in "Demons" that Wagner was killed on the same day as the unnamed Sheriff when "Angels" placed the date of Wagner's death at June 21