Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU use the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. Written by
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Did You Know?
When David Rossi (Joe Mantegna
) joins the team, he makes a comment that their offices are better than "that bunker" the BAU used to work out of. The comment isn't metaphorical. The actual BAU (in its many earlier incarnations and titles) used to operate out of a bunker former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
had built below FBI headquarters in Quantico, VA. See more
In "Identity" (Season 3 Ep 7), Rossi mentions in 2007 that his age is 52, indicating that he was born in 1954 or 55, but in "The Fallen" (S 8 Ep 7) we see him in flashbacks as a Marine infantry private in Vietnam in 1969, which would have made him 14 or 15 at the time, at least 2 years too young to enlist. See more
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