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A sketch of the Unabomber

Real Name: Unrevealed at the time of the broadcast
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Terrorism, Serial-Bombings, Murder, Attempted Murder
Missing Since: April 24, 1995

CaseEdit

Details: On May 25, 1978, an office worker watched a man in a grey hooded sweat shirt set down a package wrapped in a brown paper bag on the campus of the University of Illinois and then depart. A security guard investigating the package was injured when it exploded. A year later, another package exploded on May 9, 1979 at the same university. In all, about sixteen similar bombs would be found, severely injuring several people including the first fatality; Hugh Scrutton, a computer rental store owner. Each of the bombs were created from discarded pieces of lamps, pipes, recycled screws and match heads. The bomber was extremely careful not to use parts or numbers that could be traced to him. The FBI began calling him the Unabomber because he liked targeting universities. The FBI opened a special bomb hotline to take in and investigate hundred of tips. Their profile for the Unabomber suggested a white, middle-aged loner. This figure remained elusive for seventeen years when after the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in April 1995, he tried to gain nationwide attention again by sending a deadly package to the president of the California Forestry Association, in Sacramento. Although it was addressed to the former president, it was accepted by Gilbert P. Murray, who became the third fatality after Thomas J. Mosser, an advertising executive in North Caldwell, New Jersey. The Unabomber also sent a rambling message to his previous victim, David Gelernter, a computer science professor at Yale University, who lost his right hand and eye in a June 24, 1993 bombing. In a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Unabomber threatened to bomb a plane leaving Los Angeles. The FBI took the threat very seriously, but in a letter written to both the New York Times and the Washington Post, he said he was tired of making bombs and he would stop if they published his manifesto, "Industrial Society and its Future," a 35,000 word tirade about how technology made life unfulfilling and how it inflicted damage on the world. The gamble worked and the bombings seemed to stop, but by publishing the manifesto, the FBI hoped someone would recognize the handwriting in the letters.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on Special #3 before the Unabomber gained nation-wide notoriety. The Unabomber was also profiled America’s Most Wanted, and documented on The FBI Files among several other series.

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Ted Kaczynski

Results: Captured. In January of 1996, David Kaczynski noted the similarity in the writing of the Unabomber letters to that of his brother, Theodore Kaczynski. In the ensuing investigation, Federal officers staked out Ted's forlorn one-room cabin in the isolated wilderness of Montana, finally capturing Ted in April 1996. The cabin was a bomb-making factory only ten by twelve feet in area and full of ingredients for making bombs, note books and bombs in early assembly. The fifty-four-year-old Kaczynski was a former professor of mathematics at about the same time of the Zodiac Killer, later becoming one of the most hunted fugitives in the Twentieth Century.
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