No one will ever believe I got shot.
~ William Pratt

William Pratt, also known as The Mirror Man or The Selfie Killer, is a teenage serial killer and the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode, Hashtag (Season 10, Episode 7).

He was portrayed by Ian Nelson.

Biography

Early life

A year before the events of the episode, Pratt lost his parents in car accident and was sent to live with his aunt. This is implied to have scarred him forever and led to his villainous behavior.

Sometime later, he helped in the creation of the Creepypasta creature "The Mirror Man" alongside his best friend Connor Holt. The Mirror Man became a famous Creepypasta but William wasn't satisfied. He became desperate to gain fame and wanted to please Connor, who he saw as a mentor figure. Thus, he turned to murder to make the Mirror Man real.

The Mirror Man Killings

Pratt's first victim was rising social media teen Tara Harris; he bashed her head into a mirror and slit her throat with a shard. He then he posed a selfie of Tara and posted it online with the hashtag #FearMe. The media later named him "The Selfie Killer."

After killing Tara, he sets his sights her friend Alexander Chase, who worked with her in videos. Pratt shoots him in the back with a nail gun and later executes him. He then posts another selfie under the name Mirror Man, not liking his his other name The Selfie Killer. Hours later, William watches a video of his friend Daniel Osbourne making fun of the Creepypasta, which angers him. He then goes to Daniel's house and murders him, further cementing his fearful place in the media.

Defeat

William is identified by the BAU during his work at a local mall. When the team assembles to arrest him, he grabs his nail gun and takes shopper Kimmy hostage. The BAU attempts to talk to him and make him surrender, but a news van pulls into the area to film the standoff. Knowing this could be his final attempt at fame, Pratt shoots Kimmy in the neck with the nail gun. Morgan then shoots him in the back, heavily wounding him.

Both Kimmy and Pratt survive. Pratt is shown in a hospital with Connor, and he states how because he is a minor, he should be out of juvenile prison soon. With a shocked Connor watching, Pratt takes one last selfie, saying that "No one will ever believe I got shot."

He was mentally institutionalized soon after.

Personality

William Pratt is an unlikely but remorseless killer who will do anything for Internet fame. It is implied that his parents' death in a car accident affected his mental stability and thus he attempts to find solace in Creepypasta and other Internet communities. The BAU's UnSub profile states that his psyche is fracturing over the course of the episode, causing him to kill people who insult him. He is also a narcissistic sadist, committing 3 murders over an Internet legend he created and posting disturbing selfies of his crimes.

Pratt is shown to be technologically proficient, being able to digitally manipulate images and post them online without being caught.

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Trivia

  • William Pratt is likely based on Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, two 12-year-old girls arrested for stabbing a friend 19 times to allegedly please Slenderman, the famous Creepypasta and Internet phenomenon character. In both cases, the criminals felt a duty to serve the legend they created and gain fame through violent murder(s). Also, both are mentally disturbed and committed the crime without remorse.

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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


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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


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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 | Lewis Ramsey | Lieutenant Tawes | Luke Dolan | Malcolm Ford | Margaret Hallman | Matthew Downs | Mike Janeczko | Randy Slade | Richard Gerace | Robert Adams | Rodney Garrett | The Face Cards | The Piano Man | The Womb Raider | 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
Al Eisenmund | Andrew Meeks | Antonia Slade | Betty Wilson | Brian Cochran | 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 | The Womb Raider | 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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