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|“||Have you ever wondered what's under your skin?||„|
|~ Jeremy to one of his victims.|
Jeremy Sayer is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Safe Haven". He is a psychopathic teenager who murders entire families.
He was portrayed by Sterling Beaumon.
Jeremy's twin brother died in the womb, and his mother Kendra blamed him, accusing him of "killing" his brother simply by being born. His father left the family when Jeremy was ten, for which Kendra also blamed Jeremy. His mother's abuse ultimately turned Jeremy into a psychopath with a savage hatred of women, mothers in particular. When his younger sister Carrie was born, he saw her only as competition, and treated her with the cruelty he had learned from his mother.
By thirteen, Jeremy already had a lengthy juvenile record of offenses such as theft, sexual assault, and animal cruelty. He also killed his neighbor's dog, and tried to kill Kendra and Carrie by poisoning Thanksgiving dinner. Finally, after Jeremy broke Carrie's arm, Kendra disowned him and abandoned him in a hospital in Nebraska, hoping that he would be taken in by the foster care system under the Safe Haven child protection law.
Jeremy stayed at the hospital for nine days before good samaritan Monica Archer took him home with her to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Once in her house, however, Jeremy brutally tortured and murdered Archer, as well as her husband and children.
Right after murdering the the Archer family, Jeremy hitches a ride with Reverend Louis Hannum, kills him, dissects his arm, and crashes his car into a ditch. He walks to a park, where he pretends to be stranded on his way to visit his aunt in order to con Nancy Riverton and her children into taking him in for the night.
The next morning, he ties up the children, and kidnaps Nancy, planning to use her to get to his mother's house. While driving, Nancy tries to reach Jeremy by telling him that he deserves love and kindness, but that only makes him angrier, so he stabs her, nearly killing her. He then breaks into his mother's house and holds Carrie at knifepoint, demanding that Kendra admit that she hates him; Kendra angrily replies that she has always known that he is a monster.
At that moment, however, agents Derek Morgan and Emily Prentiss of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) burst into the house, having been trying to find Jeremy since he murdered the Archers. Morgan threatens to shoot Jeremy dead if he hurts Carrie, so Jeremy lets her go and allows Morgan and Prentiss to arrest him. He smugly tells Morgan that he will be free to kill his mother and sister once he turns eighteen, but Morgan replies that he will be at every one of Jeremy's parole hearings. Jeremy is then presumably put in juvenile detention.