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‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski Found Dead In Prison Cell

Butner, NC – The man who terrorized a nation for 17 years by sending bombs through the mail, killing three people and wounding 23 more, was found dead in his prison cell in North Carolina on Saturday.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Kristie Breshears said that 81-year-old Ted Kaczynski “was found unresponsive in his cell” and then pronounced dead at 8 a.m. on June 10, The Washington Post reported.

Kaczynski, a Harvard-educated, anti-technology anarchist, lived in a primitive plywood cabin near Lincoln, Montana, for 25 years.

It was there that he plotted out his attacks on specific individuals he associated with technology and who destroyed nature, The Washington Post reported.

His targets included a computer scientist, an advertising executive, an airline president, and a timber industry lobbyist, but along the way other innocent victims intercepted some of the dangerous packages.

The first bomb Kaczynski sent in May of 1978 was a crude, low-impact device, The Washington Post reported.

It exploded and injured a campus security guard at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

He sent a second bomb to Northwestern in May of 1979 and wounded a student, The Washington Post reported.

In November of 1979, Kaczynski’s third bomb exploded in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight from Chicago to Washington, DC.

The plane had to make an emergency landing and 12 passengers suffered from smoke inhalation, The Washington Post reported.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted similarities in the components of the three bombs and formed a special task force called “UNABOMB” because the first targets were a university and an airline.

The media dubbed the suspect “The Unabomber” as they covered 13 more bombings by Kaczynski over the next 15 years, The Washington Post reported.

He killed three people and wounded nine more – including the president of United Airlines, three professors, and a geneticist – during that time period.

Over the years, the bombs became more sophisticated, and Kaczynski began leaving unique signatures on the parts for investigators to find, The Washington Post reported.

There was a six-year lull before a witness saw a man leaving a package outside a computer store in Salt Lake City in 1987.

The package blew up and seriously injured the store owner, The Washington Post reported.

The witness gave the FBI a description of the man and authorities released the sketch to the public, but investigators think that prompted Kaczynski to lie low for a while.

He resumed sending the bombs in 1993, The Washington Post reported.

The Unabomber sent a manifesto to The Washington Post and The New York Times in September of 1995, and at the request of the U.S. Attorney General’s office, they printed it.

Kaczynski’s brother, David Kaczynski, recognized his brother’s rambling prose in the manifesto and suspected he was the Unabomber, The Washington Post reported.

He took his suspicions to the FBI and analysts quickly spotted parallels in the phrasing and similar typos and misspellings.

FBI agents took Kaczynski into custody without incident at his Montana cabin on April 3, 1996, The Washington Post reported.

They found a cache of bomb-making components in the one-room cabin.

David Kaczynski received a $1 million reward for turning in his brother, The Washington Post reported.

He promised he would use the money to help his brother’s victims.

Kaczynski pleaded guilty and acknowledged all of the bombings in on Jan. 22, 1998, to avoid the death penalty, The Washington Post reported.

He was sentenced to four consecutive life terms plus 30 years.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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