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|“||They were transients and drug users and prostitutes. They were useless to society. I gave them the chance to be part of a cure. To be of use. That's science.||„|
|~ Mason rationalizing what he did to his victims.|
Mason Turner is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episodes "To Hell and Back, Pts. 1&2". He is a quadriplegic sexual sadist who forces his mentally handicapped brother to commit murders while he watches on a remote screen for his own sexual gratification and his delusional belief that their deaths would serve to cure his paralysis.
He was portrayed by Garret Dillahunt, who also portrayed Kevin O'Donnell in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Mason grew up on a pig farm in Toronto with his father and his autistic, mentally handicapped brother, Lucas. After graduating from medical school, Mason came home to the farm and decided to sell it. Lucas became enraged and pushed him off a loft in the barn, breaking his neck and rendering him a quadriplegic.
Lucas became obsessed with curing his paralysis, and came to the delusional belief that he could regrow his paralyzed nerves with stem cells forcibly extracted from living human beings. He commanded Lucas to abduct vagrants, junkies, and prostitutes off of the streets, kill them, and extract viable materials from their bodies. He also derives sadistic pleasure in watching Lucas kill them on a number of mirrors over his bed.
"To Hell and Back"
Mason is first seen when Lucas brings a young girl to his window to get his approval. Shortly after, the Behavioral Analysis Unit arrives and find him in bed. He orders them to leave. The team looks around to see that his home is filled with medical supplies, including an operating table stained with blood.
After BAU Agents David Rossi, Derek Morgan, and Emily Prentiss discover a bin on Mason's property filled with dozens of pairs of blood-stained shoes, Rossi returns to interrogate him. Rossi begins by removing Mason's mirrors so that he cannot see what is going on. Mason blames the murders on Lucas, and claims that Lucas threatened to kill him if he alerted the police. He tells Rossi that Lucas is dangerously insane, and that they will have to kill him.
Rossi discovers that Mason taught Lucas how to kidnap people. He then tells Rossi that there is a photo of Lucas in the other room. Rossi gets the photo and goes outside to relay the information. The local constable is then asked to get a warrant for Mason's laptop.
BAU Supervisory Agent Aaron Hotchner calls Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia and asks her to fly in to hack Mason's laptop. After hacking into Mason's computer, Garcia finds that the kidnappings were performed in order to find suitable "donors" from which to extract stem cells, which Mason wants to use to cure his paralysis.
Meanwhile, William Hightower, the brother of one of Lucas' victims, is listening outside and hears that, due to Mason's disability giving him a good defense, he would most likely be found innocent of any direct involvement in the murders. Enraged, William walks into Mason's bedroom and shoots him dead.