|Birth Date||c. 1983|
|Family|| Chuck Wells (father, deceased)|
Crystal Wells (mother, deceased)
|Pathology|| Serial Killer|
|Modus Operandi||See below|
|Portrayed By||Karl Makinen|
|First Appearance||Big Sea|
"How do you know I don't have more bodies out there? It's a big sea."
Blake's father, Chuck Wells, was an abusive alcoholic who worked as a fisherman. In 1999, Blake's mother, Crystal Wells, was diagnosed with breast cancer, leading to Chuck abandoning her and Blake, who was then a teenager, and moving to Norfolk. Three months later, Crystal died with Blake by her side. He was then reunited with his father, who forced him to get a job at a fish cannery, keeping the paychecks he earned for himself and spending them on alcohol. One day, Chuck hit Blake so hard his arm broke. At the cannery, he was forced to work anyway and kept doing so until he passed out. Not long afterwards, Blake tortured and killed his father and dumped his body in the ocean. Over the following eleven years, he killed eleven more people on the boat, the Osprey. In 2011, the bodies, which were disposed of in the same spot, were found when the area underwent cleaning, leading to the BAU being called in.
Blake is first seen on the Osprey in the middle of the ocean, cutting up a fish as Gary Rhymer calls for help from inside the boat. Blake then goes inside and proceeds to blow trilomide in Gary's face as Gary's son James watches fearfully. Since the drug allows the user to be more willing, Blake is able to control Gary and he has him gag his son, despite the boy's soft efforts to get his father to snap out of it. Afterwards, Blake gives Gary a set of knives and tells him to choose one, and after Gary chooses a knife, he orders him to tell James of how he abandoned him and how he stopped loving him. Whenever Gary refused to follow the demands, he would stab his own body. When Blake goes back outside, Gary recovers from the trilomide's effects and reconciles with James before Blake returns with a fish that he immediately starts cutting. Gary forces himself to vomit in order to get Blake to unlock his chains to clean it up, allowing him to assault Blake. The fight moves to the upper deck, where the both of them tumble into the ocean. James acquires the keys, which his father tossed to him during the fight, unlocks his chains, and goes up to investigate. He watches with shock and fear as Blake emerges from the ocean, alone. Gary's body is found the following day.
Blake later decides to make James experience the same abuse he received from his father, forcing him to carry large fish to the Osprey and cut them up. When Blake gives James his first fish, ordering him to gut it, James refuses, angering Blake. Later, Blake takes James to a dock where he used to work. As James carries the fish, Blake rambles on about how he worked with his father. When James accidentally drops the fish, Blake hits him and orders James to get up and pick up the fish. He then demands that James gut the fish, but once again James refuses and even counters the older man's threats. Meanwhile, Garcia manages to track down Blake's boat and Morgan and several local policemen, as well as a SWAT sniper, arrive, forcing Blake to hold James at knifepoint. Morgan warns Blake of the sniper before convincing him to release James. Morgan later shows photos of missing persons to Blake to confirm who he killed. When Morgan shows Blake a photo of his cousin Cindy, who vanished mysteriously, Blake taunts Morgan. He tells the agent he killed her, but Morgan refuses to cave in, tells him that he didn't do so, and leaves the room, causing Blake to yell out angrily at him. Rossi, who was watching the interrogation, asks Morgan how he knew that Blake didn't kill Cindy and is given the response that Blake never knew her name like how he did with his other victims and was therefore lying.
A year later, it would turn out that Cindi was alive and well, having been abducted by her murderous stalker and held captive for seven years. Blake's case was briefly mentioned by Morgan during a phone conversation with Hotch.
"This is gonna be the knife you kill yourself with."
Blake targeted both male and female tourists of different ages, sexes, and races; what they had in common was that they had all somehow abandoned a responsibility at home. He abducted them onto his boat, finding them through his job as a train conductor and apparently using some ruse, and drove out to sea, where he would use a drug called "trilomide", which made them controllable to the point that Blake could instruct them to cut and stab themselves. The torture, which presumably went on for a long time, ended when Blake finished them off. Prior to doing so, he would have the victims write a postcard to their friends and loved ones at home, saying they had decided to stay in the area. Once the victims were dead, he would dispose of the bodies in the sea outside Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to dumping the bodies in the water, Blake would disarticulate their joints to make them sink better.
The unsub was a 30- to 40-year-old fisherman chartering his boat to tourists, trying to find victims of medium-risk; for example, when a man's car breaks down in a bad neighborhood. Once the man gets out of their normal routine, the victim is at a greater chance for victimization. The disarticulation of the victims immediately tells that the unsub was either a butcher or fisherman. Nine victims in nine years mention he could control his urges. Each of the victims were trying to start over; they were out of a relationship, or starting a new job, but to the unsub, they were abandoning their responsibilities. This can be seen in the postcards that he wrote: "It's too much", "There's Nothing For Me Here", "It's better if I leave".
This anger stems from his first victim: his father. The father was most likely a fisherman as well, and definitely an alcoholic due to the low calcium in the bones. Based on the unsub's level of sadism, the father was violently abusive. He was the first person to abandon the unsub, maybe walking out on his family and writing a postcard like the unsub would write. The unsub picked a site of significance to them both: a spot known to local fisherman that he turned into his prison. Despite that his original dumping site was taken by the police, he wouldn't leave Jacksonville, either. That prison was his responsibility and without it, he'll cling to what he knows. He'd change his M.O., and that would make him erratic, he'd escalate his sadism and kill uncontrollably until he found another spot in the ocean to replace the original site.
Blake shares some similarities to serial killer Carl Panzram in the sense that both killed their victims aboard a boat they owned and then disposed the corpses by dumping them into the ocean.
- 1999: Chuck Wells (his father; tortured more severely than the other victims)
- Eleven victims killed prior to Big Sea. Known ones are:
- 2000: Carol Reed (a drug addict)
- 2004: An unidentified African-American woman in her twenties
- 2009: Dr. Samantha Cormack
- 2010: Unnamed Caucasian woman
- Unspecified dates:
- Alton McKee
- Unnamed prostitute
- An unidentified victim (killed over a month prior to Big Sea)
- Gary Rhymer and his son James (abducted):
- Gary Rhymer (tortured and later killed by drowning)
- James Rhymer (held at knifepoint; was rescued)
- ↑ The drug called "trilomide" is fictional. Its description and administration are similar to urban legends about an unidentified real-life drug. The name was intentionally changed to avoid real-life copycat incidents and to avoid factual criticism of the show because the real drug does not actually have mind-control effects.