|Birth Date||c. 1974|
|Family|| Mark Dolan (father; deceased)|
Mary Dolan (mother; deceased)
Jenna Dolan (wife)
Ally Dolan (daughter)
|Occupation||Former U.S. Navy SEAL|
|Modus Operandi|| Shooting|
Throat slashing (during the office massacre)
|No. of Victims|| 13 killed|
|Portrayed By||Max Martini|
|First Appearance||Dorado Falls|
"I don't want you, I want my family."
Dolan was born sometime around 1974. At one point in his life, he married a woman named Jenna and had a daughter, Ally, with her. He had military training in Quantico, joined the U.S. Navy, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant, soon becoming the second-in-command and explosives specialist of a Navy SEAL team led by Adam Werner. He served thirteen years, some of that time in South Africa. During that time in South Africa, he was involved in a covert operation near Cape Town code-named Operation Dorado Falls, which was about intercepting a boat owned by a South African diplomat who was selling nuclear secrets to Iran. Sometime in 2000, Dolan and his team succeeded in intercepting the boat, but unfortunately, there were two children aboard who were witnesses, forcing Dolan to shoot and kill them under orders from his superiors. The children's deaths were considered collateral damage and the mission was likely carried out without further incident. In 2010, he separated from Jenna, who felt that he was more committed to the Navy than to his family. On September 30, 2011, he got into a car accident, which triggered a psychotic break that provoked Capgras syndrome, which caused him to believe that his wife and daughter had been abducted and everyone close to him were impostors, all of whom were part of a big conspiracy against him, likely for his involvement in Operation Dorado Falls.
A few days after the car accident, Dolan is woken up by a rainstorm, a bleeding cut from the accident still on his forehead. Going outside to water his lawn, he begins hallucinating about his neighbors watching him. He then goes to an internet security company office to meet up with Adam Werner, whom he shoots in front of several employees. He then proceeds to kill all six employees present in the office. As he leaves, he encounters another employee, Nathan Munz, whose throat he slashes. While the BAU is being briefed of his massacre, Dolan packs several weapons, including automatic firearms and knives, into a duffel bag and leaves. Later arriving at his parents' house, Dolan meets up with his father, only to assume that he is an impostor and captures him and his mother, putting them in a closet and intimidating them with music from a radio with the volume all the way up. He then interrogates them, believing they have information about Dorado Falls, but when his father tries to appeal to him, Dolan shuts the closet door on them and then shoots through it repeatedly with an MP5 submachine gun, killing both of them. Dolan then arrives at Jenna's house, only to find them being taken into custody. A police officer, not recognizing him, spots him and tells him to leave, which he does, just as a wanted alert with Dolan's picture appears on a police van computer. Later, the BAU immediately deduces Dolan to be the unsub, and his motivations, after the bodies of his parents are found.
Changing his appearance, Dolan then breaks into the house of his former commanding officer (and the one who gave the order to kill the two children during Dorado Falls), Boyd Milgram, and holds his wife Wendy at gunpoint, forcing him into surrendering before interrogating him, demanding to know where Jenna and Ally are. He then takes Milgram with him, leaving Wendy alive, and tells him of his plan to trade him for Jenna and Ally. Rossi calls him and uses his status as a former Marine in order to gain Dolan's trust while Garcia triangulates Dolan's location. Rossi continues to talk with Dolan while Hotch and Morgan leads several local officers to a warehouse Garcia manages to track down. There, they find the general, but no Dolan. Meanwhile, Dolan, now at Quantico, manages to kill an FBI police officer for his uniform and security pass, the latter of which he uses to gain access to the BAU headquarters. Confronting Rossi, Morgan, JJ, Reid, and several office workers, Dolan holds them all at gunpoint with the MP5 and threatens to blow up himself and the others unless Jenna and Ally are handed over to him within three minutes. Jenna and Ally communicate with him from another room, convincing him to disarm himself. When Dolan finally does so after Jenna reminds him of their honeymoon, he is told to close his eyes to prevent his delusions from taking over again upon seeing Jenna and Ally. Dolan closes his eyes, and Jenna hugs him as he is arrested. However, Ally starts screaming out for her dad, causing him to open his eyes and begin struggling against his bonds as Morgan takes him away.
During the massacre at the office, Dolan killed the first five victims by shooting them twice using a .45-caliber Springfield Armory TRP handgun (except for Adam Werner, who took four rounds to the chest and one to the head). He then killed the last three by slashing their throats with a knife after running out of ammunition. When he killed his parents, he shot them repeatedly with an MP5K submachine gun. When he infiltrated the FBI headquarters, he threatened to remotely detonate explosives on a bandoleer he presumably constructed himself, and also threatened them with the MP5. When he held General Boyd Milgram and his wife hostage, he used a .45-caliber Sig Sauer P220 Sport handgun. In addition, he tortured his parents and Boyd Milgram with some sort of loud music as a scare tactic for his "interrogations".
The unsub is a physically-fit male in his 30s to 40s, who is possibly a veteran. He doesn't appear threatening and is able to blend in very easily. Until the abduction of Boyd Milgram, the BAU presumed that the unsub was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, specifically pathological dissociation in which he believed that he is in a combat situation; as a result, in his eyes, everyone is a potential enemy. Despite his mental state, he is armed and considered extremely dangerous due to his high experience in survival skills and combat from his time as a Navy SEAL. He believes he is on a mission, and if he feels threatened, he will kill everyone standing in his way. As further understanding of the case was acquired, it is revealed that the unsub suffers from Capgras syndrome, which causes him to believe that his loved ones, including his family members, have been replaced by identical-looking impostors. However, his condition only truly affects his sense of vision, so if he recognizes someone's voice without seeing them, the delusion does not kick in. It was triggered by his car accident, and since then, he believes he is on a mission to save his family from the "impostors". His imaginary conspiracy is centered around Operation Dorado Falls, during which he killed two children under orders to eliminate witnesses. During the office massacre, the unsub was highly organized and able to control his emotions. He targeted Adam Werner, then killed everyone else in the office to eliminate witnesses.
- Unspecified date in 2000, South Africa: Two unnamed children (shot and killed under orders during Operation Dorado Falls)
- The 2011 killing spree in Virginia, U.S.:
- October 3, Charlottesville:
- Eight killed in the office massacre. The victims are:
- Adam Werner (his former team leader; shot four times in the chest and once in the head with a handgun)
- Werner's unnamed secretary (shot twice with a handgun)
- Three unnamed office workers (all shot twice with a handgun)
- Vinny Adev (throat was slashed)
- Jane Burney (throat was slashed like the previous victim)
- Nathan Munz (incidental; throat was slashed and also apparently stabbed)
- Mark and Mary Dolan (his parents; both tied up, forced into a closet, and shot repeatedly with a submachine gun):
- Mark Dolan (held at knifepoint)
- Mary Dolan
- Boyd and Wendy Milgram:
- General Boyd Milgram (his former commanding officer; abducted; was rescued)
- Wendy Milgram (held at gunpoint and tied up; was released when Milgram surrendered himself)
- Eight killed in the office massacre. The victims are:
- October 3-4, Quantico: The attack at the BAU headquarters:
- October 3, Charlottesville:
- Dolan shares some similarities with Roy Woodridge, a criminal the BAU apprehended late in Season Two. Both were former soldiers who were traumatized by the missions they fought in, particularly when they killed children, eventually causing them to become spree killers, murdering random victims under the influence of their PTSDs.
- Dolan is the second of three unsubs who have successfully breached the BAU headquarters, the first being serial killer Jason Clark Battle, who appeared in Season Three, and serial killer John Curtis, who appeared in the following season.