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Ryan's Gang (so named in this wiki) was a group of petty criminals responsible for the abductions of two teenage girls. They appeared in the Season Three episode "3rd Life".


See Ryan Phillips, Taylor Coleman, and Douglas Silverman's articles


Modus Operandi[]

The gang randomly targeted a teenage girl named Katie Owen, whom Ryan was familiar with. The abduction of Katie's friend Lindsey was completely incidental. Upon taking the girls to an abandoned house, the three raped and tortured Katie for the thrill of it, and Ryan eventually killed her by strangling her with a belt. Ryan and Taylor then took Lindsey to Mayford High School, which was closed at the time, and kept her in one of the bathrooms. It is possible the trio committed several other crimes prior to their abductions of Katie and Lindsey.


No profile of the gang was made by the BAU, who were more focused on Ryan.

Real-Life Comparison[]

The gang may have been based on Kevin Foster and his gang, the Lords of Chaos (whom they were compared to by Prentiss) - Both were teenage gangs who all met at the high school they attended, committed crimes prior to their final act, and both the group's leaders were involved in a final scenario with another man and a shotgun (Foster killed his school's band director with one, while Phillips was murdered by Jack Vaughn with one instead). Also the way Phillips murdered Douglas Silverman could be a further reference to the way Foster conspired to murder several members of the Lords of Chaos for testifying against him.

Mutual Victims[]

  • Presumably committed numerous unspecified, victimless crimes prior to 3rd Life
  • January 5, 2008: Katie Owens and "Lindsey" Vaughn (abducted both):
    • Katie Owens (raped and tortured by all three members, then killed by Ryan)
    • "Lindsey" Vaughn (held captive by Ryan and Taylor only; was rescued two days later)


  • In "Green Light", Reid stated that the gang's case was investigated in April 2007. However, that is an error, as the crimes occurred in January 2008 in accordance with "3rd Life"'s airing. This was most likely a mistake on the writer's part.



  1. Uncredited in the final episode. His name was only revealed in the cast of "3rd Life" by IMDB, which also includes actors who were uncredited in the roles that they portrayed