7 Things You Didn't Know About Criminal Minds, 'The Sandman'

'The Sandman'

'The Sandman'

In "The Sandman," the BAU went to Wichita in search of an UnSub abducting children while their parents sleep. Also, Morgan tried to find who was responsible for his attack.

Scroll through for facts and hidden meanings from the writers of the episode, which was Criminal Minds' 250th!
Welcome to the

Welcome to the "Southwest's Finest."

Doesn't it look idyllic? The episode was set in Wichita, Kansas because writer Bruce Zimmerman wanted to evoke Midwest wholesomeness and safety alongside memories of the 1950s Herbert Clutter family murders. This notorious crime—which took place in 1959—involved two convicts breaking into the Clutter home and killing four members of the family in a desperate search for money.
Does she look familiar?

Does she look familiar?

Does this actress look a little like someone? Lucy Walsh, who played Natalie Whitfield, is the daughter of famed rocker Joe Walsh of The Eagles.
Trading places.

Trading places.

Joe Mantegna stepped into the Witchita bullpen scene—in which the team discussed the fate of Josie Zumwalt— at the last minute in place of AJ Cook.
The sands of time.

The sands of time.

The hourglass featured in the episode was gifted to Joe Mantegna from an assistant director of the show. It was bought at an estate sale of the famed actor and political activist Charlton Heston.
From drumming to kidnapping.

From drumming to kidnapping.

Cast fact: Reston Williams, who played UnSub Patrick Sorenson, was once a member of the Blue Man Group.
A sweet throwback photo.

A sweet throwback photo.

Writer Bruce Zimmerman evoked emotion by sharing a close-up photo of SSA Derek Morgan and Savannah Hayes' nuptials.