|Family|| Harry Slade (father)|
Martha Slade (mother)
Brandon Slade (brother)
|Occupation||High school student|
|Pathology|| School Shooter|
|Signature||Forcing victims to look at him in the eye before killing them|
|Modus Operandi|| Shooting|
|No. of Victims|| 13 killed|
|Portrayed By||Hudson Thames|
|First Appearance||"Painless" (via flashbacks)|
"I am God. Now, who's brave enough to look God in the eye?"
Slade was a student at North Valley High School, a Boise high school. Though he was an excellent student and varsity wrestler who had many girlfriends and played a lot with his younger brother Brandon, underneath it all, he was a high-functioning, narcissistic psychopath. He spent some time planning his massacre and even made a list of people he specifically targeted together with an outcast named Lewis Ramsey, who provided him with the SEMTEX from his father's construction company; Slade used it to make a bomb. On October 12, 2001, Slade carried out his massacre after posting his plan online, though he didn't give Ramsey any credit. He walked around the cafeteria with a gun in his hand, daring his hostages to look him in the eye and shooting those who couldn't. One of the people he dared was a loner named Robert Adams, who managed to look him in the eye and was spared from being shot. After shooting and killing three students this way, he pulled out a bomb he carried in his backpack, loudly declared "I am God!", and detonated it, killing himself and another ten students. All the while, Ramsey, who wasn't aware of the entire thing, had been smoking pot in the parking lot.
In the aftermath of the massacre, Slade's immediate family essentially became nationwide pariahs after what he did. Slade's father Harry apparently couldn't stand the negative attention and left five years later, but Slade's mother Martha and brother Brandon didn't move away from the area. Brandon came to attend North Valley High and did well, but it can be suggested that he was somewhat unpopular due to his brother's actions. Also, the fact that he used SEMTEX, an explosive used at construction sites held behind locked doors, led the BAU to consider the possibility that Slade had a partner, though they never found him. People have also questioned why Slade detonated his bomb early after firing only four shots; the reason behind this early suicide attack still remains unanswered.
Finally, in Painless, the BAU managed to find Ramsey after ten years. After the case's conclusion, a memorial for the victims of Slade's massacre is held. When everyone starts lighting candles and saying the names of people they want to remember, Brandon says his brother's name.
Slade was a high-functioning yet impulsive, narcissistic psychopath, unlike the majority of school shooters. He was popular and highly intelligent. For this reason, he neglected to name his partner in his plans, taking the credit for himself. He was also possibly delusional, because at the beginning of the shooting and when he detonated his bomb, he ranted and screamed, "I am God!" He also taunted students, asking if they were "brave enough" to look him in the eye. He shot students who didn't look him in the eye and spared one who did. His pathology was about the big kill, murdering as many people as he could, despite the fact that Slade only shot four students even though he had plenty more ammunition to shoot and kill many additional victims. Slade relished the power of choosing who lived and died, hence his feeling of being God. He shot Natalie Gallo to get everyone's attention, then shot the next student in order to establish dominance.
Modus Operandi Edit
Randy arrived at the North Valley High School cafeteria armed with a 9mm handgun (possibly a Beretta M9) and a SEMTEX bomb hidden in his backpack. After shooting two students to catch the attention of everyone else in the cafeteria and then to assert his dominance, he would dare students to look him in the eye, declaring himself to be God, and then shot two of them execution-style after when they wouldn't do so. Then, he detonated his SEMTEX bomb using his cellphone. Reid mentioned that Slade used nails for bomb shrapnel as a sadistic touch.
Real-Life Comparisons Edit
Slade's massacre has numerous notable similarities to the Columbine High School massacre, including:
- Two people were involved (although only one committed the massacre in Criminal Minds).
- Both Eric Harris and Randy Slade were both posthumously diagnosed as psychopaths.
- Both massacres involved the usage of explosives and guns, both of which were used in cafeterias. Both bombs were set to explode in the cafeterias.
- In both cases, the perpetrators committed suicide.
- Thirteen victims were killed in both massacres and dozens were injured.
- Slade's SEMTEX bomb seems to be an obscure allusion to Harris and Klebold's library massacre: both were the deadliest portions of the massacres and claimed the lives of the last ten victims. Also, Harris and Klebold also committed suicide in the library, while Slade committed a suicide attack with the SEMTEX bomb.
- Slade's narcissistic statements, such as when he declares himself God, bears some resemblance to the kind of grandiose statements Harris and Klebold made in their journals.
- Both Harris and Slade had hit lists.
- In both cases, the perpetrators taunted students and spared some students. At the Columbine massacre, Dylan Klebold taunted Evan Todd, an injured jock, but decided to spare him, despite his hatred for him. In Painless, Slade taunted Robert Adams but spared him when Robert looked him in the eye; Jerry Holtz later took credit for this.
- The way Slade kills Allison Humwald while she was praying, telling her to "stop praying" before shooting her, is somewhat similar to a rumor that circulated in the aftermath of Columbine, that Eric Harris asked a girl, Cassie Bernall, if she believed in God and shot her when she replied that she did, but this was concluded by the FBI and other witnesses not to have happened. In reality, Dylan Klebold asked already injured student Valeen Schnurr if she believed in God. He spared her after she said yes (though hesitantly) and explained why.
- All three perpetrators had one brother, though while Slade was the older brother, both Harris and Klebold were the younger brothers.
- The newspaper photo of the principal leading a student away resembles a picture of an adult leading a student at the Columbine massacre.
The many similarities to the massacre at Columbine aside, Slade is somewhat similar to school bomber Andrew Kehoe, since both successfully bombed the schools they were personally connected to, resultantly taking many lives, and these bombings gained a notable amount of recognition in their day, despite the fact that hardly anyone knows about Kehoe and his attacks nowadays. Elements of Slade's massacre are also similar to that of school shooter Kipland Kinkel.
Known Victims Edit
All of the following were attacked in the October 12, 2001, North Valley High School massacre.
- The execution-style shooting victims:
- Natalie Gallo (shot in the back of the neck)
- An unnamed victim (shot in the chest)
- Brad Smith
- Allison Humwald
- The SEMTEX bomb victims:
- Jay O'Brien
- Steve Tossell
- Tucker Cranwell
- Janine Bergen
- Six unnamed other victims
- Note: It was stated that Randy shot three students, but a flashback sequence depicts him opening fire on four. However, it is possible that one of the victims that was shot survived, or that student survived being shot but was killed by the bomb blast.
- The SEMTEX bomb victims:
- Robert Adams (previously threatened to shoot)
- Jerry Holtz (possibly)
- Five unnamed victims (all knocked unconscious from the blast)
- Dozens of unnamed other victims