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Name Adrian Bale
Alias The Boston Shrapnel Bomber
Gender Male
Family Unnamed family (statuses unknown)
Pathology Serial Bomber
Mass Murderer (last bombing)
Modus Operandi Packaged pipe bombs
Remote bomb (last bombing)
No. of Victims 10 killed
1 attempted
Status Incarcerated
Portrayed By Tim Kelleher
First Appearance Won't Get Fooled Again

"Here's what I think. Sending those agents into that warehouse, it just doesn't make sense. I mean, I've read your books. I had all those things - what did you call it? Uh, homicidal triad. I even came from a broken family, classic sociopath. So when I had the chance to kill six agents, plus the hostage, I mean, just because I gave myself up doesn't mean that I was finished with those people. I still had the remote. You... you should've known that. And the emotional release I would feel by pressing that button... well, that was just a little too overwhelming to pass up. Why didn't you search me before sending those agents in? Why didn't you do your job, Agent Gideon?"

Adrian Bale, a.k.a. "The Boston Shrapnel Bomber", is a now-incarcerated serial bomber who physically appeared in Won't Get Fooled Again.


Details of Bale's early life are not specified, though he mentioned that he filled every criteria of the McDonald triad (which includes bedwetting, animal cruelty, and obsession with fire setting) and that he comes from a broken home. At some point in his life, he became a serial bomber known as "The Boston Shrapnel Bomber". Gideon was the lead profiler on the case. Eventually, the investigation led to a standoff between the FBI and Bale, who was holding a person hostage. He was talked down by Gideon but blew up his bomb anyway for the thrill of it, killing six FBI agents and the hostage. He was then incarcerated for life with no possibility of parole while Gideon went on medical leave until Extreme Aggressor.

Won't Get Fooled AgainEdit

In the episode, he makes a deal with Gideon to be transferred to a mental health facility when asked to assist the BAU in capturing his copycat, David Walker, whom he had online contact with. When Walker blew himself up and a hostage appears with a bomb strapped on him, he was once again called in for assistance. He instructed the team on how to disable the bomb, telling them to "cut the red wire". Gideon, not trusting him, tells him that if he is lying, the deal is off. Bale was lying, but the bomb was safely disabled when Gideon remembers that Bale said he could never resist the emotional rush of being able to kill.

Modus OperandiEdit

Bale's bombs were built with steel reinforcement rods. He used mercury detonators which caused the bombs to explode when tilted. He then placed them in packages covered with brown paper with a white label and the address written in blue ink on it.


Not much about Bale's profile given by Gideon and his colleagues was disclosed, but Bale reveals he is a sociopath, as he fulfills all of the criteria supplied by the McDonald Triad and comes from a broken home. According to Gideon, all bombers are cowards, so that would include Bale.

Real-Life ComparisonEdit

The way that Bale's bombs were constructed seems to be similar to the source of Walker's inspiration, Mark Hofmann, straight down to the mercury switch that would detonate the bomb should the package be moved in a certain position.

Known VictimsEdit

  • 2005:
    • March:
      • Three unnamed victims killed prior to his incarceration
      • The mass bombing:
        • Six unnamed FBI agents
        • Unnamed male hostage
    • October 5: Chicu Reddy (attempted to trick the bomb squad into detonating a bomb attached to him, but failed)


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