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|“||Look, Derek, I never hurt you. You could have said no.||„|
|~ Buford rationalizing molesting Derek Morgan as a child.|
Carl Buford (later changed name to Mohammed Alam) is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Profiler Profiled", and a supporting antagonist in the later episode "Restoration". He is a pedophile and serial killer of young boys who frames FBI agent Derek Morgan, one of his former victims, for his crimes.
He was portrayed by Julius Tennon.
Buford worked at the Upward Youth Center in Chicago, Illinois, which earned him several awards due to his work with underprivileged children. Behind his friendly, altruistic demeanor, however, he was a pedophile who molested over 50 young boys, one of them being future Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) agent Derek Morgan. Like his other victims, Morgan would keep the abuse a secret.
In December 1991 and 2002, Buford murdered two boys.
Buford kills a third boy named Damien Walters in 2006. Buford's close friend Detective Stan Gordinski, who had been antagonizing Morgan for years after arresting him during a brawl, arrests Morgan again, this time on suspicion of all three murders. Morgan's colleagues at the BAU rush to his side to prove his innocence. Morgan manages to escape police custody and, after talking with Buford's latest victim, goes to the center to confront him.
Morgan calls Buford out for the abuse he inflicted on him so many other children, but Buford tries to manipulate him into believing his memories of the abuse are not real; when that doesn't work, he says that the statute of limitations ran out too long ago for him to be criminally charged. He even blames Morgan for his actions, telling him that "you could have said no." Buford's luck finally runs out, however, when Gordinski arrives at the center just in time to hear him tacitly admitting to murder and years of child molestation, and puts him under arrest. Buford begs Morgan to help him, but Morgan simply replies, "You go to hell." Buford is found guilty of his crimes and sentenced to life in prison.
Six years later, Buford has changed his name to Mohammed Alam and both converted to Islam and lied to his fellow inmates whilst inside prison, in order to avoid people knowing the truth about his past. When four-middle aged men are murdered with the phase "Look up to the sky" left behind in at least two of the crime scenes, Morgan makes a connection and decides to visit Buford in prison. Morgan wants the names of Buford's victims, however Carl isn't willing but ends up changing his mind when Morgan threatens to disclose the information on why Carl has been locked up. Although Carl complies, he leaves out several names from the list.
The unsub is identified as one of Carl's former victims Rodney Harris, whom Carl left off the list. Carl and other inmates watch the news conference on the case, in which Morgan is asked on TV whether or not all the victims have turned to crime, which Morgan replies no. When an inmate questions Carl about his former name he confirms that he is the molester being described in the conference, and admits that he "loves" Morgan.
Later Carl is attacked and killed by inmates. Upon hearing the news, Derek looks out at the sky in his apartment, having finally gained closure.