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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.

History

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.

Extreme Aggressor

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.

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Season 1
Adrian Bale | Bruno Hawks | Clara Hayes | Cory Bridges | David Walker | Donald Curtis | Eddie Mays | Edward Hill | Hassan Nadir | Jackson Cally & His Tribe | Jacob Dawes | L.D.S.K. | Maggie Lowe | Mark Gregory | Mary Mays | Pablo Vargas | Richard Slessman | Ted Bryar | The Fisher King | The Footpath Killer | The Fox | The Keystone Killer | The Seattle Strangler | The Tommy Killer | The Vigilante | Vincent Perotta | Vincent Shyer | Will Sykes


Season 2
Amber Canardo | Carl Buford | Charles Holcombe | Frank Breitkopf | Jamal Abaza | Jeffrey Charles | Kenneth Roberts | Lyov Lysowksy | Marcus Younger | Michael Earlson | Paul and Johnny Mulford | Ronald Weems | Roy Woodridge | Sarah Danlin | Terrance Wakeland | The Fisher King | The Hollow Man | The Mill Creek Killer | The Stripping Bandit | Tobias Hankel | Tony Canardo | Vincent Stiles | William Lee


Season 3
23rd Street Killers | Anna Begley | Brian Matloff | Charlie Wilkinson | Chester Hardwick | Francis Goehring | Gary and Ervin Robles | Glen Hill | Henry Frost | Jason Clark Battle | Jeremy Andrus | Joe Smith | Lucky | Mike Hicks | Owen Savage | Peter Redding | Richard Jacobs | Ryan Phillips | Stanley Howard | Steven Fitzgerald | Susan Jacobs | The Campus Killer | The Have-You-Seen-Me Murderer | True Night


Season 4
Adam Jackson | Animal | Armando Ruis Salinas | Ben Abner | Benjamin Cyrus | Chad Brown | Chloe Kelcher | Claire Bates Danny Murphy | Eric Ryan Olson | Floyd Hansen | Gary Brendan Michaels | Henry Grace | Hugh Rollins | Ian Coakley | Leo Kane | Lucas Turner | Mason Turner | Megan Kane | New York Terrorist Cell | Paul Silvano | Robert Parker | Roderick Gless | Romani Family | Sam | Separatarian Sect | Steven Baleman | The Angel Maker | The Reaper | The Road Warrior | Tommy Wheeler | Vincent Rowlings | William Harris


Season 5
Anita Roycewood | Arthur Malcolm | Bill Hodges | Boyd Schuller | Connor O'Brien | Dale Schrader | Darrin Call | Earl Bulford | Gina King | Joe Belser | John Vincent Bell | Miranda Dracar | Owen Porter | Patrick Meyers | Prince of Darkness | Ray Campion | Robert Burke | Robert Johnson | Ronald Boyd | Samantha Malcolm | The Fox | The Hollow Creek Killer | The Reaper | The Reimanns | Tony Mecacci | Turner's Group | Wade Hatchett | William O'Brien | Will Summers


Season 6
Ben Foster | Bill Thomas | Blake Wells | Brandon Stiles | Drew Jacobs | Greg Phinney | Hollis Walker Jr. | Ian Doyle | James Barrett | James Stanworth | James Thomas | Jane Gould | Jeremy Sayer | Johnson County Brotherhood | Kaman Scott | Lucy | Prince of Darkness | Ray Donovan | Rhett Walden | Robert Bremmer | Shane Wyland | Shelley Chamberlain | Steve | Sydney Manning | The Butcher


Season 7
Bill Rogers | Caleb Rossmore | Chase Whitaker | Chloe Donaghy | Chris Shelton | Clark Preston | Colonel Ron Massey | Curtis Banks | Cy Bradstone | Donald and Linda Collins | Dylan Kohler | George Kelling Harvey Morell | Herman Scobie | Ian Doyle | Izzy Rogers | James Heathridge | J.B. Allen | Jeffrey Collins | Jimmy Hall | Lachlan McDermott | Lieutenant Tawes | Luke Dolan | Malcolm Ford | Margaret Hallman | Matthew Downs | Mike Janeczko | Richard Gerace | Robert Adams | Rodney Garrett | The Face Cards | The Piano Man | Thomas Yates | Travis James | Trevor Mills


Season 8
Adam Rain | Arthur Rykov | Bryan Hughes | Carl Buford | Carl Finster | Chad Mills | David Roy Turner | Diane Turner | Donnie Bidwell | Ellen Russell | Emma Kerrigan | Jason Nelson | John Nelson | Jonathan Ray Covey | Larry Feretich | Mark Jackson | Matt and Josh Moore | Paul Westin | Peter Harper | Phillip Connor | Raoul Whalen | Rodney Harris | Sera Morrison | Tess Mynock | The Replicator | The Silencer | Toby Whitewood | Tory Chapman | Willie Kestler


Season 9
Alan and Judith Anderson | Anton Harris | Carla Hines | Charles Johnson | Clifford Walsh | Colin Bramwell Daniel Milworth | Daria Samsen | David Wade Cunningham | Eddie Lee Wilcox | Eric Carcani | Ian Little | Jesse Gentry | Joe Bachner | John Nichols | Justin Mills | Leland Duncan | Mecklinburg Rapists | Nicole Jones | Owen McGregor | Owen McGregor's Partners | Ronald Underwood | Sheila Harrison | Sue Walsh | Tanner Johnson | The Doctor | Wallace Hines | Wayne Gulino | William Harding | Woodsman Killer


Season 10
Alex Zorgen | Allen Archer | Andrew Ford | Benton Farland | Brian Stiller | Chad Griffith | Claire Dunbar | Colin Dupley | Dale Shavers | Danny Stokes | Dinah Troy | Don Black | Donna Mangold | Donnie Mallick | Ellen Connell | Frank Cosgrove | Hayman Vasher | Jack Westbrook | James Burke | Jerry Tidwell | John David Bidwell | Jon Kanak | Justin Leu | Kyle Zorgen | Leo Jenkins | Marc Clifford | Miles Hendrick | Mr. Scratch | Patrick Butler | Patrick Jon Murphy | Peter Folkmore | Randall Jefferson Jones | Steven Parkett | The Mirror Man | Weeks


Season 11
Andrew Meeks | Antonia Slade | Chazz Montolo | Claude Barlow | Dana Seavers | Eric Rawdon | Flora Martin | Giuseppe Montolo | Jacob DuFour | John Bradley | Johnson | Joseph Berzon | Lester Turner | Matthew Franks | Michael Thompson | Michael Peterson | Miss .45 | Mitchell Crossford | Mr. Scratch | Patrick Sorenson | Randy Jacobs | Robert Boles | Sam Burnett | Skull Tattoo Man | The Beantown Beheader | The Bomber | The Chemist | The Sniper | Tommy Larson | William Cochran | William Duke Mason | William Taylor


Season 12
Alan Crawford | Ben Davis | Bryce Jarvis | Cormac Burton | John David Bates | John Malone | Jonathan Rhodes | Kevin Decker | Kyle Ecklund | Lindsey Vaughn | Lionel Wilkins | Mark Tolson | Miss .45 | Mr. Scratch | Sara McLean | Stuart Barker | The Bone Crusher | The Crimson King | The Henson Twins | Thomas Yates | Trey Gordon | Zeke's Gang


Season 13
Asclepius | Caleb Sands | Cheryl Kaline | Desi Gutierrez | Gabriel Merza | Irene Jacobs | Jake Logan | Jess Carney | Josh Martin | Josh's Partners | Justin Franco | Kevin Peck | Kevon Winters | Lawrence Coleman | Lucky | Marcus Manning | Mark Henshaw | Mary Meadows | Melissa Miller | Michelle Gorman | Mr. Scratch | Mr. X | Sal Capilano | The Believers | The Central Park Ripper | The Messiah | The Neon Terror | Tony Capilano | William Lynch


Season 14
Arthur Brodie | Casey Allen Pinkner | Douglas Knight | Dustin Eisworth | Edward Addison | Elgin Family | Emmanuel Rask | Grace Lynch | Jacob Wallace | James and Marcus Wells | Jeremy Grant | Jordan Halloran | Mary Meadows | Roberta Lynch | Stephanie Carter | The Believers | The Chameleon | The Messiah | The Tall Man | Varnville Unsub | Wayne Hollis


Season 15
Beaumont Unsub | Miss .45 | George Kyle Peters | Grace Lynch | Hayes Cullinan | Juliette Weaver | Louie's Gang | Louis Chaycon | Sebastian Hurst | Shelby Mattson | The Chameleon


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