Oh, Behave!

The fancy headquarters on Criminal Minds doesn’t look anything like the real Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The BSU occupies a cramped space in what was once J. Edgar Hoover’s bomb shelter.

The lobby area is dominated by a life-sized mannequin of Hannibal Lecter. It was the movie The Silence of the Lambs that propelled the BSU into the national consciousness, although awareness of it was on the rise due to Thomas Harris’ novels. Pushing a button on the cage plays sound clips of Lecter’s quotes from the movie. On the floor of the cell, someone placed a can of fava beans, a bottle of Chianti and a slice of fake liver, shrink-wrapped in meat-department package.

Behind the mannequin, you can see part of the Behavioral Science Unit insignia. I had to look up the scientific formula on it. The formula is the Null Hypothesis, which “represents the BSU’s research that validates its training and consultation activities.”

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