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Unknown Subject. The team also use the term 'stresser', meaning a traumatic event which tips a potential offender over the edge and makes them act on their criminal impulses. They also refer to the offender's 'signature', features of their crime which are a distinctive identifying trademark unrelated to the practical side of the act (the MO/Modus Operandi) or the 'victimology', the traits which account for why a certain victim is selected.

Elle shot and killed a serial rapist in cold blood after she panicked on the job and allowed the unsub to go free. While there were no witnesses and it was deemed a 'clean' shoot (self-defense), she intentionally skipped an ordered psych evaluation and then quit the job. However, she told Hotch it was not an admission of guilt.

Actor's reason for leaving: Lola decided to spend more time with her family and filming locations were inconvenient for her.

In 3x02 "In Name and Blood", Gideon quit the BAU after an unsub killed an old friend of his. He left a good-bye letter to Reid and was never heard from again.

Actor's reason for leaving: Mandy Patinkin didn't show up for work for Season 3, because he had become too overwhelmed by the show's violence and the thought of people getting enjoyment out of it, so the writers wrote his character out.

It was 'The Reaper', the unsub from the Season 4 episode "Omnivore" who escaped custody.

She has schizophrenia.

Isn't Hotch married?

He was. His wife, Haley, filed for divorce in Season 3 because she felt he spent too much of his life at work and not at home with his family.

In Season 5x9 "100", Haley is killed by The Reaper.

Director Erin Strauss forced JJ to accept a promotion as Media Liaison of the Defense Department at the Pentagon. She left in 6x02 "JJ".

She returned briefly in 6x18 "Lauren" and 6x24 "Supply and Demand".

Emily staged her death in 6x18 "Lauren" to avoid an old foe. Her team (except JJ and Hotch) believe that she is dead. She then relocated abroad with a new identity.


Actors' reason for leaving: AJ Cook and Paget Brewster were fired due to financial reasons.

Cook and Brewster returned as series regulars in 7x1 "It Takes a Village".

"JJ" or A.J. Cook (Andrea Joy) Appears on the cast of a new series called "Least Among Saints" 2012

These are real-life mug shots of some of the more notorious murderers in recent American history. The list includes (in alphabetical order)

David Berkowitz (serial killer "Son of Sam"; a more current photo)

Theodore "Ted" Bundy (serial killer executed in 1989)

Angelo Buono Jr. (one of the "Hillside Stranglers", also referenced in a headline in the opening sequence)

Mark David Chapman (John Lennon's killer; a more current photo and not as he looked then)

Jeffery Dahmer (serial killer, cannibal)

Albert DeSalvo (serial killer "The Boston Strangler")

John Wayne Gacy (serial murderer, "The Clown Killer")

Theodore Kaczynski (the "Unabomber")

Jack Kevorkian ("Dr. Death", the "assisted suicide" killer)

Charles Manson (cult leader and mastermind of the Tate-LaBianca murders)

Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City Federal Building bomber)

Erik Menendez (along with brother Lyle, murdered parents in Beverly Hills)

Terry Nichols (Tim McVeigh's co-conspirator)

Lee Harvey Oswald (accused assasin of President John F. Kennedy)

Richard Ramirez (serial murderer, "The Night Stalker")

Sirhan Bishara Sirhan (assassin of Senator Robert F. Kennedy)

Susan Smith (murdered her two sons, respectively aged 3 years and 14 months)

Aileen Wuornos (killed seven men, portrayed by Charlize Theron in the movie "Monster")

Edmund Kemper (killed both grandparents at age 15 then became known as "Coed Killer" in 1973)

NOTE: There are several other mug shots in the sequence, and I'm posting both this question and this list of answers to encourage others to add to the list as many names of the other individuals as they can identify. If you can add to this list, please do so and please keep the list in alphabetical order by surname. Thanks. --MadTom

According to several behind-the-scenes videos online and on the DVDs, several of the mugshots are fake ones of producers, writers, and directors. I'm not sure who all they are. ~Odette

It's a reference to Scooby-Doo and more specifically the chartacter of Velma, Garcia identifying with her as the least glamorous but brainiest of the group. It's also an in-joke on Nic Brendon who plays her boyfriend Kevin Lynch who was previously part of the 'Scooby-Gang' on Buffy the Vampire Slayer where his character Xander also romanced a computer geek, Willow (Alysson Hannigan). It may be coincidence but Criminal Minds also reuses the names of three Buffy episodes 'Tabula Rusa', 'Into the Woods' and 'Revelations' as well as including Buffy alumni such as Nic Brendon, Mercedes McNab, Michelle Tractenberg and Juliet Landau.

In real life the BAU does exist and uses the techniques shown on the show but only acts as a co-ordinator for various investigations, reviewing evidence and advising rather than taking over cases and personally solving them. They have no private jet, their offices are much more humble and the reach of their computer researchers far more limited (in real life Garcia would go to prison for what she does on the show). We often see members of the team accompany or even lead SWAT teams into action but in reality SWAT teams operate as cohesive units and any SWAT commander would tell the BAU to wait at one side whilst his unit performed their task. Their cases are always solved within a matter of days whereas real investigations of this type can take decades (one of the cliches of the show is 'The Unsub is accelerating' explaining why events move so quickly once the BAU are involved).

A great many, a far from comprehensive list including;

Blood Hungry; S1 Ep 11; An incoherent paranoid schizophrenic committing acts of vampirism and cannibalism is loosely based on the case of Richard Trenton Chase.

L.D.S.K S1 Ep6; a gunman targeting random individuals similar to The Washington Sniper

Open Season S2 Ep21; serial killers kidnapping victims then releasing them into the wilderness and hunting them down similar to Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen.

Empty Planet S2 Ep 8; an anti-technology bomber targetting academics similar to the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski.

Lo-Fi S3 Ep20; Lone gunman targetting people in New York similar to David Berkowitz, the 'Son of Sam'.

Minimal Loss S4 Ep3; Religious cult intent on mass suicide similar to David Koresh at Waco.

Self-fufilling Prophecy S7 Ep 9; similar to a spate of suicides amongst soldiers at Deepcut Barracks in Britain.

True Genius S7 Ep11; a copycat of the Zodiac killer (real identity never discovered)

Fear and Loathing S2 Ep15; a serial killer lures victims by pretending to be a music producer inciting racial tension in a community similar to Wayne Williams, the Atlanta Child Murderer. Also the plot element when the perp is able to talk the police officer into believing he is the well-meaning relative of the drugged victim who was able to escape is taken directly from Jeffrey Dahmer case.

Hopeless S5 Ep4; a pack of young males brutally bludgeoning a huge number of random people in a short period of time just for the sake of violence and filming it is similar to the Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine case of Summer 2007.

Machismo S1 Ep19; seems to be inspired by the infamous phenomenon of female homicides in Ciudad-Juarez. The story also features a cross dressing killer who keeps the skeletal remains of his domineering mother sitting in his home, reminiscent of 'Psycho' and the Ed Gein case which inspired it.

To Hell and Back S5 Ep22; a serial killer who abducts and murders prostitutes then disposes of their bodies by feeding them to the pigs he keeps on a Canadian farm he owns with his brother, nearly identical to the case of Robert Pickton, The Pig Farmer Killer.

Riding the Lightning S1 Ep14; a husband and wife team of serial killers murder young girls and bury them under their house, similar to British serial killers Fred and Rose West

Unfinished Business S1 Ep15; a serial killer with a bondage fetish who sends the police taunting notes returns to killing after many years of inactivity similar to the BTK (Bind-Torture-Kill) killer Dennis Rader

S2 Ep3 The Perfect Storm; a male and female serial killer couple abduct and torture victims whilst recording their crimes similar to the British 1960s 'Moors Murderers' Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

25-to-Life S6 Ep11; a doctor who has been controversially imprisoned for murdering his family and always proclaimed his innocence claiming the crime was committed by a team of drug addict burglars. Similar to the case of Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald who was convicted of killing his wife and daughters in near identical circumstances on February 17, 1970.

Our Darkest Hour S5 Ep22/The Longest Night S6 Ep1; Serial killer who murders couples in their homes in Southern Califronia under the cover of darkness almost identical to Richard Ramirez 'The Night Stalker' who carried out similar crimes in the mid-1980s.

Secrets and Lies S1 Ep21; The CIA ask for the FBI's help to find a traitor within their organisation using forensic profiling. This is based on the true 1998 case where forensic profilers working for a joint CIA/FBI taskforce identified FBI agent Brian Kelly as a mole working for Russian intelligence. Kelly and his family were subsequently subjected to intense surveillance, investigation and questioning. The FBI even went so far as to have a Russian accented agent who was unknown to Kelly knock on his door and warn him he needed to flee immediately, hoping he would do so thus proving his guilt. Ultimately documents purchased from an ex-KGB agent would completely exonerate Kelly in one of the most famous failures of profiling, identifying FBI agent Robert Hanssen as the true traitor.

What does 'Vicap' mean?

Violent Criminal Apprehension Programme. A national programme started by the FBI where in response to a murder, rape or other violent crime police will fill out a questionaire listing the various aspects of the event which are then loaded onto a central database. The idea is to prevent serial offenders escaping detection by crossing jurisdictional boundaries whilst moving around the country, identifying them by their MO, victimology and signature.

In 'L.D.S.K' it is established that they do not use the word. This is because the FBI received huge bad publicity from the 1992 Ruby Ridge siege where an FBI sniper accidentally shot and killed an unarmed woman, Vicki Weaver, holding a baby during the Ruby Ridge incident. Another factor was the FBI's involvement in the 2002 Washington Beltway Sniper case which was one of the most notable failures of profiling, the FBI predicting that the suspect would be white, middle aged, working alone and driving a white van when in fact he turned out to be Afro-American, working with a juvenile accomplice and driving a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice. Instead the FBI use the term Long Distance Serial Killer.

Morgan uses a Glock 22 pistol in .40 whilst JJ and Emily Prentiss use Glock 26s in 9mm calibre. Hotchner and Rossi both use FBI SWAT issue customized Colt 45s with Hotchner also packing a mini Glock 23 as a backup gun in an ankle holster. Reid uses a Smith&Wesson .38 Special revolver, possibly due to it's reduced recoil as it's established he's a poor shot.

For more information on guns used in movies and TV shows (including Criminal Minds), see the Internet Movie Firearms Database (imfdb) at http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Criminal_Minds. (Not affiliated with IMDb.)

Largely the BAU is called in by other law enforcement agencies to advise them on recurring violent crimes which they are unable to deal with by themselves or which cross state or international borders. The FBI also has federal jurisdiction over offences such as terrorism, bank robbery etc and the team is often tasked by the bureau's senior management to work on high profile cases where their expertise would come in useful.

Yes, hybristophilia is the term for sexual attraction to someone who has committed an outrage and many notorious incarcerated criminals have devoted fans and even romantic admirers. Mass murderer Ted Bundy was especially notorious for being popular with attractive young women which were exactly the kind of victim he preyed upon prior to his imprisonment.

N5GV, N350GA, N100GA, N550GA(S9:E1)

I would love for other qualified BAUers to fill in all my blanks, as I have just started trying to ascertain types of jet and, of course, the tail number with episode.

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