Convicted domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, has been found dead in his prison cell. A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson claims that the infamous bomber was found today. He was 81-years-old. No cause of death has been confirmed yet. Kaczynski was serving life without the possibility of parole at a North Carolina prison.
Kaczynski was convicted of various mail bombings that occurred between 1978 and 1995, and killed three people. The bombings, which also injured 23 other victims, were targeted at scientists. A massive task force of over 150 investigators, analysts, and others, would search for the person behind the crimes for nearly 20 years. Known to be gifted academically, Kaczynski had also previously attended Harvard and later taught at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Kaczynski Found Dead In His Cell
Kaczynski mailed a 35,000 word essay to the FBI in 1995, detailing his motives and perspective on modern society. The manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future, was later published by The Washington Post in conjunction with The New York Times in hopes it would help authorities find and capture it's author. David Kaczynski read the published manifesto and suspected that his brother, Ted, could have been behind it. He later led investigators to his brother, who was residing in a small, remote cabin in Western Montana.
Kaczynski was arrested on April 3, 1996. Police searched his cabin, finding various materials and documents pertaining to the bombings. He pled guilty to causing the 16 explosions in January of 1998, later being sentenced to four life sentences plus 30 years and held at a federal Supermax facility in Colorado. The trial saw the release of his various personal journals, where he described his motive for the bombings as "simply personal revenge." He also detailed the attacks in the journals, revealing that he "often had fantasies of killing the kind of people I hated - i.e., government officials, police, computer scientists, the rowdy type of college students who left their beer cans in the arboretum, etc., etc., etc." In 2021, he was moved to a federal prison medical facility in North Carolina due to his declining health.
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