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|“||You made a mess... and now you're gonna clean it up.||„|
|~ Robert Parker humiliating a victim after disemboweling her.|
Robert Parker is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "52 Pickup". He is a misogynist serial killer who charms women into going home with him, where he then kills them.
He was portrayed by Gabriel Olds.
The son of a maid, Parker's lifelong hatred of women, especially privileged ones, was sparked when he was seven years old, when his mother's wealthy employer Mrs. Holden caught him and her daughter Vanessa fooling around in a closet. Vanessa claimed he was molesting her to stay out of trouble, and laughed as her mother berated and spanked him. Mrs. Holden fired Parker's mother later that day.
As an adult, he becomes a "pickup artist", charming women in bars with seduction techniques he learned from a class taught by self-described ladies' man (and fellow misogynist) Paul "Viper" Thomas that involve playing to their insecurities. After taking the women with him to cheap motels in the area, he stabs them, disembowels them, and forces them to clean up their "mess" before slitting their throats. The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) eventually begins investigating his murders.
In his everyday life, he cares for his mother, who suffers from kidney disease and is bedridden to the point that she has to wear a diaper, that Parker changes.
Parker finds and seduces the now-adult Vanessa, and kills her in his own version of Viper's method of "squashing the queen bee", approaching an intimidatingly attractive woman and "putting her in her place".
His next intended victim, Becky Williams, fights back when he attacks her, resulting her falling out of a window to her death. Denied the emotional sexual release he typically gets from gutting a woman, Parker goes into a frenzy and attempts to seduce and kill another woman, Brandi, the very next night. The female bartender, Austin, recognizes him from a police sketch that BAU agent Spencer Reid had given her earlier, and spills a drink on Brandi to give her an excuse to take her outside, away from Parker.
Austin tries to call Reid, but Parker follows her outside and punches her out. He carries her to his apartment, inadvertently leaving her cell phone behind. When Austin regains consciousness, Parker forces her to clean his floor at knifepoint, and when she tries to placate him, he puts duct tape over hear mouth and tells her that "the help" doesn't talk. As he prepares to gut her, however, the BAU bursts in, having discovered his guilt after interviewing Thomas and Mrs. Holden. Agent Derek Morgan arrests him, while Reid and Supervisory Agent David Rossi tend to Parker's mother, who is calling out to her son to change her. Parker is then presumably imprisoned.