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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.
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Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.

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Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.
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Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.

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Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.
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Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.

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Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.

Reid conversing with Hotch about Max Ryan in Unfinished Business.

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It appears as if Reid is looking up at something in this picture, but I believe he was trying to make sure that Hotch could hear him and vice versa.

It appears as if Reid is looking up at something in this picture, but I believe he was trying to make sure that Hotch could hear him and vice versa.

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Reid gloving up #5.

Reid gloving up #5.

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Reid gloving up #4.

Reid gloving up #4.

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Reid gloving up #3.

Reid gloving up #3.

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Bahahahahahaha!!

Bahahahahahaha!!

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Reid gloving up #2.

Reid gloving up #2.

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Reid gloving up in Unfinished Business.

Reid gloving up in Unfinished Business.

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Elle and Reid in Unfinished Business. I forgot that Elle had bangs at one point.

Elle and Reid in Unfinished Business. I forgot that Elle had bangs at one point.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Character Fact Sheet: Aaron Hotchner

I’m compiling information about each of the characters on CM. I’m hoping to make them as accurate as possible. It should be just about everything a fanfiction writer would need to know. My apologies for the sloppy format.

Aaron Hotchner aka “Hotch”

  • His birthday is November 2 (based on his birthday in Machismo) but the year of his birth is under debate because he seemed to be in high school in 1988 — making his birth year 1970 (The Fisher King part 1) but his ER chart in 2009 episode Nameless, Faceless listed his age as 43 (so he would have turned 44 that year)— making his birth year 1965.
  • He seems to be from the Virginia area.
  • His mother (who was never named and is presumed dead since she is only mentioned once— in Blood Hungry) graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunten, VA. She knew that her husband cheated on her but never talked about it. 
  • His father was a lawyer who developed lung cancer while Aaron was in high school (Ashes and Dust). He apparently died of a heart attack at age 47 (it was unclear whether he survived the lung cancer or if the lung cancer contributed to the heart attack— or maybe Sean was led to believe it was a heart attack instead of cancer).
  • His brother, Sean Hotchner, was 25 in season 1 (The Tribe) so Aaron is over 10 years older than him. Aaron hoped his younger brother would follow in the parternal family footsteps and become a lawyer, but Sean opted to become a chef in New York City instead. (It is not clear whether the two became estranged after this or if the brother simply was not able to make it in time for Haley’s funeral).
  • He was married to Haley Brooks after meeting her while in 10th grade in high school when they were about 17 (The Fisher King part 1 and Slave of Duty). Aaron was smitten with Haley upon first sight and signed up to play a pirate in a play so he could win her heart. He claims to have been a bad actor. After having a child together in 2006, they divorced in 2008? (need to fact check this one).
  • His son, Jack Hotchner, was born in 2005. (Haley went into labor in a deleted scene for Broken Mirror so Jack was born in between episodes). His first appearance was in The Fox.
  • Since he is a single parent after the death of his ex-wife, his former sister-in-law Jessica Brooks babysits his son Jack.
  • As a child, Aaron was “a bit of a nerd” and collected coins.
  • His favorite music is the Beatles’ White Album.
  • Prior to his divorce, he and Haley used to go to pubs/bars with the team and dance.
  • He is a Supervisory Special Agent that is the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit. He is likely GS15 step 6 or higher.
  • His first case in the BAU as the lead profiler was that of the Boston Reaper in 1998 (Omnivore).
  • Before joining the FBI he served as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office.
  • He is left-handed but does some things (such as carrying and firing his sidearm) with his right hand.
  • He suffered damage to his eardrum in early season 4 (The Angel Maker) but it is unclear whether or not this will create hearing problems later on. (which ear?)
  • He was stabbed 9 times in the abdomen by George Foyet (Nameless, Faceless).
  • In order to save himself and his son (and while under extreme emotional duress) he beat George Foyet to death.
  • His main sidearm is a Glock 17 and his backup weapon (ankle holster) is a Glock 26 (aka “baby block”— which is the same model as JJ’s sidearm).
  • He lives in The Langham Apartments in apartment 121 (note: the Langham Apartments are actually at 715 South Normandie Ave in Los Angeles, CA— if you google maps the address you can see a picture of the building used for exterior shots).
  • He coaches Jack’s soccer games on the weekends. Since most of the other parents were not as involved with their children, he recruited Rossi to help.

The serial killer in Natural Born Killer picked up on something when Hotch said that “some” people who are abused as children grow up to be killers. When questioned, Hotch simply says that some of them grow up to catch the killers. This was taken to imply that Hotch was abused as a child (and even Matthew Gray Gubler commented about it while in Monte Carlo). However, there was never any follow through on this. Hotch seems to speak fondly of his father and even seemed sad about his demise when speaking about him (although I have known abuse victims who remained fond of the abuser and were sad when they passed).

There has never been any thing on the show that so much as suggested that Hotch’s father was the abuser. Furthermore, there has never been anything to suggest that either of Hotch’s parents were alcoholics. (Any mention of either being alcoholics is from fanwanking).

In terms of personality, Hotch is quite strict while on the job and can come off as having no sense of humor (even more so in later seasons). He has proven that he does have a sense of humor, although it tends to be a subtle and dry one. Team members have suggested he doesn’t trust women as much as men (which, some could fanwank means that his mother could have been the abuser— yet he seems very fond and protective of women). He was also described as a bit of a drill sergeant. He has proven himself to be rather sympathetic/empathetic with victims, family members, and unsubs alike. When dealing with disciplinary issues with team members, he rarely reprimands them publicly; opting to pull them aside privately to calmly— but sternly— speak to them. At home he is very loving and affectionate and tries to be as good as he can and do as much as he can because he is in a constant state of panic (afraid that any moment he will be called away and family time will be over).

This fact sheet is under construction and will be updated as I get more information/corrections/etc.

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Aaron Hotchner’s apartment building (from season 5). This image is from Google Maps, but this building was used as the front for Hotch’s apartment building.
The real building is at 715 South Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA. There is no such place as The Langham Apartments in Virginia (where I believe they said Hotch lives).
I’m not sure if the buildings to the side of it are part of it or just different buildings. When Prentiss was walking in to look for Hotch in “Nameless, Faceless” it appeared that she just walked straight in from the front door. His apartment was #121.
The odd thing is, the apartment they showed looks much larger on the inside than would fit in the building— unless my perception is just screwy.
I’m trying to remember where they said his house was. Either Arlington or Fairfax or something..

Does anyone remember?

Aaron Hotchner’s apartment building (from season 5). This image is from Google Maps, but this building was used as the front for Hotch’s apartment building.

The real building is at 715 South Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA. There is no such place as The Langham Apartments in Virginia (where I believe they said Hotch lives).

I’m not sure if the buildings to the side of it are part of it or just different buildings. When Prentiss was walking in to look for Hotch in “Nameless, Faceless” it appeared that she just walked straight in from the front door. His apartment was #121.

The odd thing is, the apartment they showed looks much larger on the inside than would fit in the building— unless my perception is just screwy.

I’m trying to remember where they said his house was. Either Arlington or Fairfax or something..

Does anyone remember?

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I have the sudden urge to gather pics of Reid shaking hands

I was looking through my archives and came across a screen cap of Reid shaking hands with a female FBI agent. The person who posted it thought it was odd.

I recalled that Reid never pulls his hand back if someone extends a hand to shake his. He always reciprocates.

So I now have the sudden urge to gather as many pics as I can of Reid shaking hands with people.

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