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Whalen to Mynock

Raoul Whalen is a sociopathic killer, proxy killer, and the dominant partner of a husband-and-wife killing team that appeared in the Season Eight episode of Criminal Minds, "Alchemy".


Born of Native American descent on July 6, 1950, Whalen was a medicine man operating in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Selling herbal products to customers, he promoted his business through a number of false advertisements; in one, he claimed that his products cured him of prostate cancer. Whalen operated his business under the alias of "Roger Whitcomb". A closet sociopath, he held murderous urges, as evidenced in 2001 when he tried to poison someone with solanine during his medicinal studies. At some point in his life, Whalen was kicked out of the Pine Ridge Reservation. He eventually met Tess Mynock, a woman who sought out his products due to a disease she suffered in which she was sensitive to light as a result of her young son Adam's drowning. She later aided him in advertising his products. The two became close and soon married. Whalen took this opportunity to convince Mynock to start her killings. The two used a hotel that Whalen inherited, the Red Creek Lodge, as a backdrop for the murders.


See section on the Raoul Whalen and Tess Mynock article


No specific profile was made of Whalen, since the team was more focused on Mynock. They initially briefly described him as a submissive male under the dominant unsub's control, but this assumption was later redacted when the BAU found out that he was manipulating Mynock.

Modus Operandi

Since Whalen only killed one person personally, the term "M.O." is somewhat misused. He would usually kill his victims through Mynock, with his only direct involvement being performing Native American rituals upon her victims and then disposing their dismembered body parts in remote forests once they were killed. He left the first victim's body parts in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as revenge for being kicked out. When he killed Amber Moxley, it is unknown how he did so, but afterwards, she was dismembered.

Known Victims

  • Unspecified date in 2001: Unnamed victim (attempted to poison with solanine)
  • 2013:
    • March 6: Raymond Nava (directed Tess to kill him)
    • April 14: Joseph Purl (directed Tess to kill him like the previous victim)
    • May 2:
      • Amber Moxley (incidental; killed by unknown causes, then dismembered post-mortem)
      • Tess Mynock (his wife; assaulted)
      • Chad Dumont (attempted to kill with a cleaver)