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|“||The emotional release I would feel by pressing that button ... Well, that was just a little too overwhelming to pass up.||„|
|~ Bale bragging about his murders|
Adrian Bale is a serial bomber mentioned in the pilot episode of Criminal Minds, and is later a supporting antagonist in the third episode Won't Get Fooled Again.
He is portrayed by Tim Kelleher.
Adrian Bale came from a broken home and fit all the criteria for becoming a serial bomber. As an adult, Bale began his criminal life, after building his own unique bombs. This would put him in the line of fire of the FBI, when criminal profiler Jason Gideon was assigned to his case. After tracking him down, Bale held a hostage and threatened to blow him up. Gideon was able to talk Bale into surrendering, but after Gideon gave the all clear for six agents to go in, Bale triggered the bomb anyways because he couldn't help himself. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole. During his life sentence, he developed a cult following online whom he talked to over the internet and gave them tips on building bombs.
Bale and his lasting effects on Gideon are mentioned in this episode, but Bale himself is never shown.
Won't Get Fooled Again
One of Bale's followers begins building bombs that are identical, in order to cover up his forgery. After discovering that the bombs are Bale's design, Gideon goes to the prison to interview Bale. Despite him being unhelpful, the BAU send him a keytracker virus through email and eventually discover his fan club. Through this, they find the copycat bomber David Walker, who did business with one of the victims. David locks a necklace bomb on a hostage and hides in a nearby building. The snipers spot him and agents Aaron Hotchner and Elle Greenaway go to confront him. However, Gideon realizes that Walker intends to kill himself and try to take the agents with him, because of advice that Bale had given to Walker in a letter. Gideon instructs them to get out of there, which they do, and Walker blows himself and the room up.
Afterwards, Gideon and Hotch try to negotiate with Bale about moving him to a mental hospital, in exchange for help with the necklace bomb. They agree to the deal and Bale tells the bomb diffuser to cut the red wire. However, Gideon realizes that Bale's lying and tells him to cut the blue wire. The bomb squad officer cuts the blue wire and the bomb is diffused. Having broke the rules of the deal, Bale is thrown back into his cell and stuck with his life sentence. Later on the plane, Gideon explains that he knew Bale was lying because earlier Bale said that the emotional release from setting off a bomb is too overwhelming to pass up.