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|“||No matter how bad things get, they can get worse.||„|
|~ Shane Wyland threatening Robert Brooks.|
Shane Wyland is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Into the Woods". He is a pedophile and serial killer who preys on young boys.
He was portrayed by Gill Gayle.
Wyland was convicted of raping a 10-year-old boy in 1994, and spent six years in prison. After he was released, he moved into a motel that housed several other sex offenders. In 2001, he jumped his parole and started hiking along the Appalachian Trail, living in an abandoned mine shaft. He would stalk families with children who were camping in the area, kidnap the male children, sexually abuse them, and then murder them. By the time of the episode, he has raped and murdered 12 boys.
Wyland has ties to another child molester, Brandon Stiles, who is also a drug dealer. When Wyland develops a degenerative disease that inflicts chronic leg pain, he becomes addicted to painkillers supplied by Stiles.
"Into the Woods"
Wyland kidnaps 10-year-old Robert Brooks and his eight-year-old sister Ana from their family's campsite, and locks them up in a makeshift cell in his cave. He then rapes Robert, who afterward makes a plan with Ana for her to escape when Wyland comes back for him. Sure enough, when Wyland approaches them the next day, Ana kicks him in his bad leg and escapes, and is eventually found by agents of the FBI's Behavior Analysis Unit (BAU), who have been called in to help find the children.
Agents David Rossi and Emily Prentiss question Ana about the man who kidnapped her and Robert, and she tells them of Wyland's limp. Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia searches prison databases for child sex offenders with degenerative diseases, and finds out about Wyland's history. The BAU then go to Wyland's last known address, the hotel.
Meanwhile, Wyland takes Robert to the hotel, planning to sell him to Stiles in return for painkillers. Stiles does not want to deal to Wyland at first because he stole pills from him years earlier, but changes his mind when he sees Robert. Wyland leaves them alone, promising to come back in an hour. He sees the BAU surrounding the hotel, however, and disappears into the crowd. Prentiss and fellow BAU agent Derek Morgan rescue Robert and arrest Stiles, but Wyland is long gone. He is last seen hitching a ride, and then walking off into the wilderness once again.
- Wyland is one of the only five criminals in Criminal Minds to have successfully evaded the BAU, alongside Tony Mecacci, Darlene Beckett, the Woodsman Killer and Taras Yudin.