that Ted Kaczynski, the convicted terrorist known as the Unabomber, died by possible suicide in his jail cell early Saturday. He was 81. the death is being examined as a suicide, although there is no official cause of death.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kaczynski was found unresponsive in his cell at 12:30 a.m. ET and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Kaczynski was originally housed in a maximum security facility in Colorado, but owing to ill health, he was transferred to a federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, in December 2021.
Kaczynski, who went nearly 20 years without being apprehended before being apprehended in 1996, was regarded as America’s most prolific bomber.
According to investigators, Kaczynski planted or shipped 16 bombs between 1978 and 1995, killing three individuals and injuring a dozen more.
Before he was revealed as the Unabomber in 1995, he requested that the media publish a lengthy book he had written, claiming that otherwise, the killings would continue. The 35,000-word manifesto was published later that year by the New York Times and the Washington Post on the recommendation of the US Attorney General and the FBI Director.
Kaczynski might not have been caught if it hadn’t been for his brother and sister-in-law’s concerns. Linda Patrik, Kaczynski’s sister-in-law, was among the first to identify Kaczynski as the Unabomber after reading the Unabomber’s writing. Patrik spoke with “20/20 on ID Presents: Homicide” in 2016 about the first time she realized Kaczynski was behind the serial bombings.
The Reason For Death Was Unknown At The Time
Kaczynski was being imprisoned at the FMC Butner medical center in eastern North Carolina at the time of his death, where he had been transferred in December 2021. His transfer was not made public for any reason. He was formerly serving a life sentence at the ADX Florence federal supermax prison in Colorado.
From 1978 through 1995, Kaczynski scared the country with a postal bombing campaign. According to CBS San Francisco, he mailed homemade bombs to victims, killing three people and injuring 24 more.
The Harvard-trained mathematician and former UC Berkeley math professor targeted anyone involved in technological growth.
Kaczynski was apprehended on April 3, 1996, following a nearly two-decade manhunt. He was discovered living in a 10-by-14-foot plywood and tarpaper house in the backcountry of Montana, where he’d been living since the 1970s.
David Kaczynski and Linda Patrik, his brother, turned him into the FBI. When his brother’s handwriting was recognized in an anti-technology treatise titled “Industrial Society and Its Future,” which was published in national newspapers, David Kaczynski recognized it.
His Brother David And David’s Wife, Linda Patrik, Recognized His Writing And Reported Him To The FBI
Authorities discovered Kaczynski in an 11-by-14-foot (3-by-4-meter) plywood and tarpaper shack in Lincoln, Montana, in April 1996. It contained journals, a coded diary, explosive components, and two finished bombs.
Kaczynski despised the idea of being labeled as mentally ill and attempted to fire his attorneys during his trial when they attempted to establish an insanity defense. Instead of allowing his counsel to proceed, he eventually pleaded guilty.
In his personal notebooks, which the government published at trial at the request of the victims’ families, Kaczynski defined his motivation as “simply personal revenge.”
“I often fantasized about killing the types of people I despised, such as government officials, police, computer scientists, rowdy college students who left their beer cans in the arboretum, and so on,” he wrote.
Hugh Scrutton, the owner of a computer rental company, advertising executive Thomas Mosser, and forestry industry lobbyist Gilbert Murray were all assassinated by Kaczynski. Two days apart in June 1993, bombings injured California scientist Charles Epstein and Yale University computer expert David Gelernter.