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Lieutenant Shockley Tawes is an attempted murderer and criminal accomplice of Ron Massey who appeared in the Season Seven episode of Criminal Minds, "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy".


A supervisor at the Somerville Military Academy, Tawes became an accomplice of his superior Colonel Ron Massey in a scheme to cover up the bullying of a cadet named Bailey Shelton, who had committed suicide sometime earlier. Simultaneously, a survival trip was scheduled for six cadets, including Josh Redding, a friend of Shelton's, whom Massey intended to get killed as he was aware of the bullying. Since he was the one supervising the trip, Tawes knew of the coordinates of the camp and texted them to Shelton's father Chris, who was convinced by Massey that Redding was responsible for his son's suicide and became vengeful as a result. However, Massey's plan backfired when Tawes arrived at the camp and found each and every cadet there dead, having been murdered by Chris when he became aware of the bullying that was inflicted on Shelton, bullying that had been voluntarily allowed by Massey. Redding was also missing, having escaped from Chris.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy[]

As a result of the killings, Massey calls in the BAU, who interrogate him, Tawes, and the cadets under the pretense that Redding killed the cadets. When the team traces the link between Shelton, Redding, and the victims, as well as realizing that Redding isn't the unsub after he killed Chris with a Viet Cong-style pit trap in self-defense, Tawes is ordered by Massey to find Redding and murder him before the BAU can catch up to him. Tawes obliges and is able to find Redding in the woods when he attempts to carjack him, but he fights back. Eventually, Tawes is able to overpower Redding, but before he can kill him, the BAU arrive. Hotch orders Tawes to surrender but is forced to non-fatally shoot him when Tawes tries to shoot him. Tawes is later arrested along with Massey for their involvement in the crimes.

Known Victims[]

  • December 6-7, 2011: