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The Johnson County Brotherhood (so named in this wiki; simply referred to as The Brotherhood in the episode) was a group of college students who were responsible for the abduction, rape, and murders of several exotic dancers in the Season Six episode of Criminal Minds, "Middle Man".
- Leader: Michael Kosina (deceased). Portrayed by Steve Talley.
- Lieutenant: Chris Salters (incarcerated). Portrayed by Michael Grant Terry.
- Follower: Scott Kagan (deceased). Portrayed by Jake Thomas.
The pack targeted exotic dancers. They would stake out strip clubs on Friday nights, usually on the cheapest nights when the clubs were crowded to avoid being seen by surveillance cameras. Once they found a victim with Kosina's approval, they would abduct them outside the clubs, take them to his house, where they would be held captive, blindfolded, fed uppers and downers, and forcibly raped by all the members of the group over the course of the weekend. On Sunday nights, before the work days began, the pack would bring the girls to a cornfield and chase them with a pickup. When they were caught, Salters and Kagan would leave them alone with Kosina, who raped, beat, and killed them by strangling them without Salters' and Kagan's knowledge, leaving the bodies to be found days later. All three members wore masks when they chased their victims in cornfields, indefinitely to hide their identity, but considering the masks' designs were slightly modeled after scarecrows, it is possible that there was also a fear factor.
Because the unsubs have a limited income (as shown by their choice of time for abductions), blend in with the young crowd, is unavailable from Monday to Friday, and their crimes coincide with the fall semester, they are most likely college students aged in their late teens to mid-20s, as most college students are in that age range, but they may also be older students who transferred in or have enlisted in a military program from high school. College students are very impressionable and eager to fit in and find their place in the world, and groups tend to form in such environments.
Pack members are not typically created equally; there is a leader, a lieutenant, and a follower. The dominant member is the leader, an alpha personality, and most likely the oldest member; it is believed he is from out-of-state and has most likely committed similar crimes elsewhere. The lieutenant is highly loyal to the pack leader, which is what the leader demands; he may come from a broken home, most likely since he has suffered some tragic loss and been taken in by him. The follower, the newest member of the pack, has yet to cement his loyalty to the pack and is already questioning his role in it. As a result, the follower is most likely not a part of the leader's final plan and is, as the leader will eventually realize, expendable. It is important that the follower is found before the pack eliminates him, and by driving a wedge between the pack members, it will be easier to find them and Stephanie Wilson.
The Brotherhood is partially similar to the Ripper Crew - Both were teams of serial rapists and abductors who targeted women associated with sex trade, took them to their leader's house, where they would be beaten, raped, and strangled (though the Ripper Crew used other methods).
- September 24: Kimberly Jukes (abducted and raped by Michael and Chris, then killed by Michael two days later)
- October 15: Amanda Frye (abducted and raped by all three, then killed by Michael two days later)
- October 29: Meredith Joy (abducted and raped by all three, then killed by Michael two days later)
- November 5: Stephanie Wilson (abducted and raped by all three; Michael and Chris later attempted to kill her; was rescued two days later)
- The Brotherhood shares stark similarities to the main villains of the Alex Cross novel Kiss the Girls and its film adaptation, Nick Ruskin (a.k.a. "Casanova") and (William Randolph a.k.a. "The Gentleman Caller"). Both teams are serial killers and rapists, at least one with past histories of other sexual violence, eventually uniting into a packing teaming up to kidnap and hold captive women to rape repeatedly. After the packs were finished, the women would be released into the open plant life and raped one more time by the leader before the leader murdered them. Eventually, at least one of the accomplices died before te leader was also killed in a standoff.
- The Brotherhood is also similar to Ryan's Gang ("3rd Life") - Both were three-person killing teams with similar structuring (a dominant partner who did the killings entirely, a lieutenant who realized that what they were doing was wrong but still remained loyal to the dominant partner, and a follower/newest member who felt the crimes were fun at first until the dominant partner took it too far), both had a member who was murdered when he attempted to leave their groups, both dominant partners were shot to death by another man while attempting to kill a final woman, and both had another member who was non-fatally shot and arrested.