Unabomber Manifesto Published – 9/19/1995

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On September 19th of 1995, the Washington Post and the New York Times printed a 35,000-word rant, written by the Unabomber. He had threatened both newspapers with continuing to carry out a series of bombings if they failed to publish the manifesto. The Washington Post and the New York Times, in collaboration with Janet Reno and the FBI, obliged. The manifesto was basically a rant against modern technology and industrialized society. The bomber believed that modern life had led to an “erosion of human freedom.” 

Since the late 1970s, the Unabomber had carried out a series of bomb attacks across the United States, killing three people and wounding 23, all the while eluding the police and the FBI. It happens that the manifesto was read by the Unabomber's sister in law, who showed it to her husband, the Unabomber's brother, a man named David Kaczynski.

David read the manifesto and agreed that the writing style reminded him of his brother, Ted. After checking some of Ted's writings at the home of their mother, David Kaczynski called the FBI. On April 3rd of 1996, Ted Kaczynski was arrested at his isolated cabin near Lincoln, Montana, where evidence was found that identified him as the Unabomber.

Theodore Kaczynski was born in a suburb of Chicago called Evergreen Park in 1942. At school, he excelled in math, and entered Harvard University at the age of 16. He eventually received his PhD in math from the University of Michigan. In 1967, at the age of just 25, Ted Kaczynski got a job as an assistant professor for a while at UC Berkeley. In 1969, Ted Kaczynski abruptly quit his job at UC Berkeley.

In 1971, he went to live in an isolated cabin near Lincoln, Montana. The cabin had no electricity and no running water. There, he lived the lifestyle of a recluse, and learned survival skills as a means of becoming what he imagined was self-sufficient. Still, he received occasional financial support from his family.

Between 1978 and 1995, Kaczynski carried out sixteen bombings, frustrating the FBI and causing them to stage a nationwide manhunt. The FBI code named him UNABOM, because he was a Bomber who attacked mostly Universities and Airports. This resulted in the media referring to him as the Unabomber. Among his victims were professors, scientists, and corporate entities. Kaczynski was basically staging a nationwide bombing campaign against people who were involved in modern technology. Without an accomplice, he either planted or mailed numerous homemade bombs. The FBI's search for the Unabomber was one of its costliest investigations. 

On January 22nd of 1998, Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty as charged, and received four life sentences without the possibility of parole. He had wanted to dismiss his court appointed lawyers, who had planned on pleading insanity to avoid the death penalty. Kaczynski did not believe he was insane. The FBI has labeled him a “domestic terrorist.” He will now spend the rest of his days at the super max federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

We hope. 

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