|Family||Unnamed adoptive parents (both deceased)|
|Modus Operandi||Remote and/or compression bombs|
|Portrayed By||Jamie Elman|
|First Appearance||Empty Planet|
"We will soon be the slaves and the machines will be the masters."
Kenneth was adopted at a young age. His adoptive mother died when he was eight. Several years later, his adoptive father needed a blood transfusion. When Kenneth tried to donate, it was discovered that they had nothing genetically in common. Before dying, his adoptive father admitted to Kenneth that he was adopted. Kenneth tried to find his birth mother but wasn't able to, since the records were sealed; however, he did find out that he was adopted in Youngstown, Ohio. Around the same time, he found out that postmodern literature professor and one-hit wonder science fiction writer, Ursula Kent, had put up her child for adoption there, the same year that Kenneth was adopted. This, combined with the plot of her novel, Empty Planet, made Kenneth believe Ursula was, in fact, his biological mother. In order to be close to her, he moved to Seattle and studied under her at St. Denis University. He later joined the Freedom From Technology Brigade, a Seattle-based anti-technology activism movement which, at one point, was involved in the trashing of computers at a research lab in Tacoma, Washington and sending floppy disc bombs to St. Denis University, which exploded but didn't harm anyone.
Empty Planet Edit
Feeling that he still hadn't reached out to Ursula, Kenneth decided to recreate events from Empty Planet in real-life. He started by placing a bomb (hidden in an umbrella) under the bus seat of one Dr. Emory Cooke, an artificial-life scientist who had developed software mirroring the human reproduction system, but it was picked up by a teenager and taken to the driver before Kenneth detonated it, killing the two. Seven others were injured. Later, Kenneth heard a press conference (staged by the BAU intending to draw him out) where they claimed that nobody had taken the blame for the bomb, despite the fact that Kenneth had made calls to various news networks before detonating it. He then proceeded to call Gideon from a payphone near a gas station, calling himself Allegro. He then detonated a large bomb placed in the gas station, leaving a copy of his manifesto, A Guide To Practical Living, which contained some direct excerpts from Empty Planet and demanded that all machinery that has replaced American workers be stopped within a week. No one was hurt by this bombing. Reid then understood the connection between the bombings and the novel.
The following day, Kenneth succeeded in killing Dr. Cooke by placing a pressure-sensitive bomb under the seat of his car, ensuring that it would only kill him. He then called Gideon shortly before planting even more bombs in government buildings, such as a library and a post office (all of which were defused without incident), demanding that his manifesto would be published in The Seattle Ledger. After planting bombs at various government buildings, he attempted to kill Dr. Betsy Brazier, but she was saved by the authorities. Later that day, he entered St. Denis University and confronted Ursula with his theory of being her son. He took her to the lecture room he had studied in, where she revealed that the child she gave up was a girl, meaning Kenneth couldn't be her son. He refused to accept this when the BAU and SWAT stormed in. Holding Ursula hostage with a bomb, Kenneth demanded that they leave them alone. Meanwhile, a SWAT sniper snuck up to a high point and aimed at Kenneth's heart. Noticing the laser pointer, Ursula threw herself in the bullet's pathway, saving Kenneth's life and injuring herself. She survived, and Kenneth, thrown off-guard by the shot, was arrested.
Empty Planet (book) Edit
Empty Planet is a fictional science fiction novel written by Professor Ursula Kent under the pseudonym David Hansberry. She was inspired to write it when she gave up her child for adoption. Its primary theme appears to be how machines replace human beings and inspired Kenneth to start his bombing campaign.
The novel takes place in a world where robots have found a way to reproduce with humans and taken over the world. The protagonist is a twelve-year-old boy named Allegro who forms a resistance army shortly after his father's suicide. The army defends humans against robots and also assassinates the scientists responsible for creating them. In the end, Allegro discovers that he is adopted and is reunited with his birth mother, who turns out to have become a robot, forcing Allegro to kill her. She is, in fact, proud of what he does, as told in her narration featured throughout the entire book, as if she was talking from beyond the grave.
Modus Operandi Edit
Kenneth made simple pipe bombs with a fairly light explosive and used dried peas as shrapnel, ensuring that they wouldn't spread too far. He would also engrave a picture of a robot with an arrow through it into the bombs, the symbol being copied from a necklace belonging to Ursula Kent and the symbol for her book. He usually avoided human loss, except in the cases of Dr. Cooke and Dr. Brazier, both of whom he targeted as part of his plan to emulate Empty Planet.
The unsub was profiled as being male and lived alone in Seattle and possibly self-employed. He was highly organized, meticulous, and very smart. He seemed odd to those who knew him; angry, distant, prone to sudden violent rage. He would be the kind of man whose neighbors would not be surprised to find out what he would be arrested for. The neighbors would have no trouble believing it. All of the attacks, which at first only involved property damage, indicated knowledge of the area. Even though he escalated to a lethal bombing, it is not necessarily believed to be his intention. Anyone not directly next to the bomb received minor injuries, so it would correct to assume that fear was the larger motive. The targets could be assumed to be technology. In Seattle, there would be at least thousands of probable targets due to the size and nature of technology. He can be considered a terrorist, but it is too vague for a description. Bombers are categorized as criminal, group-caused and psychologically disorganized. This unsub is a personal-cause bomber, who are motivated by an underlining emotional conflict.
Real-Life Comparisons Edit
Kenneth appears to have been based on Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. They were both anti-technology believers (Kenneth more than Kaczynski), only a few of their bombings killed someone, and they both wrote a manifesto. His use of the novel Empty Planet as a guide for his rampage appears to parallel Timothy McVeigh, who planned a massive bombing based off an attack in the novel The Turner Diaries.
Known Victims Edit
- Two killed, and seven injured, by the bus bombing:
- M. Jenkins (full first name unrevealed; killed along with B. Dunkle)
- B. Dunkle (full first name unrevealed)
- Seven unnamed passengers (all injured)
- The gas station bombing: No casualties (left his manifesto behind at the scene)
- Doctor Emory Cooke (attempted to kill with the bus bomb; later killed by a car bomb)
- Numerous unnamed people inside four government buildings (presumably intended; all bombs were defused)
- Doctor Betsy Brazier (attempted to kill with the same type of car bomb that killed Dr. Cooke)
- Professor Ursula Kent (attempted)