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You took the only thing I care about, so I'm going to take the only thing you care about - your life.
~ Ian Doyle threatening Emily Prentiss.

Ian Doyle is a recurring antagonist in the TV series Criminal Minds. He is an Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorist with a vendetta against his former lover, criminal profiler Emily Prentiss.

He was portrayed by Timothy V. Murphy.


Early Life

Doyle is a former captain of the IRA who uses the code name "Valhalla". In 2005, Interpol assigned then-agent Emily Prentiss to become his lover in order to gather intelligence about him and set him up to be arrested. Going undercover as arms dealer "Lauren Reynolds", Prentiss contrived a meeting with Doyle to sell him weapons, and soon enters a relationship with him. The unsuspecting Doyle fell in love with her, taking her with him to his private villa in Tuscany and even asking her to marry him and help him raise his son, Declan.

Prentiss' fellow agents Tsia Mosely, Clyde Easter, Sean McAllister, and Jeremy Wolff, staged her arrest to lure Doyle out into the open before they then arrest him as well. Prentiss then has Declan relocated, and sent Doyle a fake photo of his son being murdered, in order to keep the boy safe and give him a chance to have a normal life with a loving family.

Doyle spent the next seven years in a North Korean prison, obsessively plotting his revenge against Prentiss. He eventually escaped and fled to Russia, where he hijacked a car, drove to an airport, and flew to Quantico, Virginia, to find Prentiss, now working there with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Soon afterward, Prentiss learned of his escape.

Criminal Minds

"Sense Memory"

While seen only in flashback in this episode, his actions do have an impact on its plot. Prentiss comes home to her apartment after a case and discovers that she has been mailed a freesia flower; she knows immediately that Doyle sent it, as he had grown many of the flowers at his villa. Terrified, she flees her apartment, taking only her cat Sergio with her.

"Today I Do"

Doyle goes to Paris and murders Wolff, who is honeymooning there with Mosely, his new wife. A grief and panic-stricken Mosely calls Prentiss and tells her Doyle is picking off his captors one by one, and that either one of them could be next. Meanwhile, Doyle, using the alias Chuck Murray, returns to the U.S.


When Prentiss, Mosely, and Easter join forces to find and kill him, Doyle contacts Prentiss and tells her to meet him, alone. When he confronts her, she holds him at gunpoint and threatens to kill him. Laughing the threat aside, Doyle responds that he is going to kill her, and will first make her suffer by murdering her colleagues at the BAU unless she does as he tells her.


Doyle and his gang murder Ron Cosenza and Kerry Fagen, his former handlers in North Korea, killing their families as well to make it look like the work of a serial killer. Unaware of Prentiss' connection to the victims, BAU Supervisory Agent Aaron Hotchner sends her and fellow agent Derek Morgan to arrest their main suspect, Byron Delaney. When they find Delaney, however, Doyle and his gang kill him, and a gunfight ensues between them and Prentiss and Morgan. Prentiss wounds one of the gang members, whom Doyle kills before he and the others get away.

Doyle then follows Mosely as she goes to an apartment to meet with Prentiss and Easter, and kills Mosely and the resident of the apartment, Declan's legal guardian Ben Corelli. Doyle and his lieutenant Liam later spy on Prentiss in the safehouse she is staying in. Liam says that it would be easy to kill her right then and there, but Doyle replies that the time is not yet right.


Prentiss goes looking for Doyle without alerting the rest of the BAU, wanting to keep them out of danger. She attacks his car with flash-bang grenades, but he and Liam get the better of her, knocking her unconscious and taking her hostage. Doyle brands her with a hot iron in the shape of a four-leaf clover, and threatens to have one of his snipers kill her immediate superior, David Rossi, who is the midst of interrogating Doyle's associate, low-level mobster Jack Fahey. Desperate to keep Rossi safe, Prentiss tells Doyle to kill Fahey instead. Amused, Doyle orders the sniper to shoot Fahey dead.

As Doyle prepares to kill Prentiss, she buys time by telling him that Declan is alive, and that she faked his murder to give the boy a life away from him. Enraged, Doyle attacks her and stabs her in the gut. He demands to know where Declan is, but she refuses to tell him. At that moment, her BAU colleagues burst in to arrest Doyle, but he manages to escape. Prentiss is taken to a hospital, but is pronounced dead. However, it is revealed at the end of the episode that she faked her own death and entered the Witness Protection Program, starting a new life with a new identity in Paris.

"It Takes a Village"

The BAU, led by a vengeful Morgan, pursue Doyle as he searches for Declan. They eventually track him to Declan's foster parents' house, and find Declan's foster family dead and Declan missing. Morgan takes Doyle into custody, but he denies kidnapping his son. The BAU, including a resurfaced Prentiss, eventually figure out that Declan's birth mother, drug trafficker and pimp Chloe Donaghy, kidnapped Declan with help from Lachlan McDermott, the gangster brother of one of Doyle's victims. In a bid to save Declan, the BAU offers to trade him for Doyle, intending to apprehend all three criminals; at the last moment, however, Donaghy pulls a gun, resulting a shootout that kills her and McDermott and mortally wounds Doyle. Declan takes Doyle's hand and says he remembers him, and Doyle apologizes to him as he dies.

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