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|“||Ssh... you know what I'll do if you tell...||„|
|~ Curtis threatening Billie Copeland.|
Donald Curtis is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "What Fresh Hell?" He is a pedophile who kidnaps a young girl named Billie Copeland.
He was portrayed by Ned Vaughn.
Curtis is a pedophile who lusts after little girls, although it is unknown if he has ever molested a child prior to the events of the episode. He collects child pornography, including videos depicting sadistic violence against children, to fuel his fantasies of kidnapping and sexually abusing a little girl.
He first attempts to make his fantasies a reality by approaching a young girl named Connie Sutter in a park and asking for her help finding his lost dog. Fortunately, Connie senses that he is lying, and leaves before he can do anything.
"What Fresh Hell?"
A few months after his first kidnapping attempt, Curtis tries again, this time successfully; he kidnaps a young girl named Billie Copeland using his lost dog ruse. (While he at one point owned a dog, Candy, she had in fact died six months earlier.) The local police at first believe that she is with her father, but when this turns out to be untrue, they call in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) to profile the kidnapper and help them find Billie.
BAU Supervisory Agent Jason Gideon recommends that the police cancel the AMBER Alert they issued after Billie's disappearance so the kidnapper won't panic and kill her. BAU Public Relations Liaison Jennifer Jareau holds a press conference asking for a witness to the kidnapping to come forward.
Curtis' neighbor, Mr. Lomax, contacts the BAU and tells agents Derek Morgan and Spencer Reid that Curtis drives a car similar to the one described in the press conference, and spent a lot of time in the park with his dog Candy, until she died six months earlier. The BAU arrive at Curtis' house, and Gideon charges inside, even though they don't have enough evidence for a search warrant. Curtis arrested for possession of child pornography, but defiantly refuses to tell agent Aaron Hotchner whether he kidnapped Billie.
Gideon then notices that Curtis has installed new insulation in his house. Acting on a hunch, he removes an air vent, crawls through the ventilation system, and finds Billie, bound and gagged. Curtis then presumably goes to prison for kidnapping and possession of child pornography.