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|“||The problem is your mother.||„|
|~ Kelling to one of the children he kidnapped.|
George Kelling is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "From Childhood's Hour". He is a serial killer who kills mothers he views as unfit and kidnaps their children.
He was portrayed by Patrick Stafford.
Kelling's father walked out on the family when Keller was a child. His mother suffered from severe depression, and attempted suicide several times. When Keller was nine, he followed his mother when she went for a walk and eventually found her trying to summon the courage to jump off a bridge, and he pushed her off, to her death. He repressed this memory, telling himself that she jumped until he believed it. Following his mother's death, Kelling was raised in a foster home.
As an adult, Kelling became a 911 dispatcher. After the death of his foster mother, Kelling snapped and became a serial killer and kidnapper, murdering mothers who called 9-11 for domestic disturbances, suicide attempts, and drug overdoses because he viewed them as unfit parents; he would then kidnap their children in an effort to "save" them.
"From Childhood's Hour"
During work, Kelling receives a distress call from nine-year-old Bobby Smith, whose mother Marlene has made another of several suicide attempts. He goes to Marlene's mother's house, where she has dropped Bobby off, and pretends to do a follow-up examination in order to gain Bobby's trust. He then kidnaps Bobby, and promises him he will end Marlene's pain. He stalks and kidnaps Marlene, and kills her by slashing her wrists in an attempt make her death look like suicide. His rage gets the better of him, however, and he stabs her repeatedly.
He later kidnaps five-year-old Timothy Tanner while his mother, Kelsey, was busy buying drugs in a park, and he had first set his sights on her after Timothy called 9-11 when Kelsey overdosed. After asking Timothy if he wants his mother's pain to end, Kelling tries to kill Kelsey, but is unsuccessful because the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), which have been investigating Kelling's murders, have placed her in protective custody. He ultimately lets Timothy go, unharmed.
Kelling's next intended victim is Connie Barton, whose daughter Shannon called 9-11 after Connie's boyfriend tried to rape her. Entering their house under the guise of a follow-up interview, Kelling kidnaps Connie and Shannon. He tells Shannon about his own mother's death, and tells her that her only chance of escaping her abusive home is to kill her mother. Desperate to save Shannon, Connie tells her she told her boyfriend he could rape her, hoping to enrage Kelling to the point that he kills her instead of her daughter.
At that moment, the BAU, which has deduced the killer's identity, burst in to Kelling's house. As Kelling holds Shannon at gunpoint, BAU agent Derek Morgan tells him that his mother did not commit suicide, prompting Keller to remember that he in fact killed her. As Kelling reels from the memory, Morgan shoots him in the shoulder, incapacitating him. They then arrest him as Shannon, Connie, and Bobby run to safety. Kelling is then presumably imprisoned.