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On This Day… The Arrest Of The Unabomber!

Written by: George Chittenden : 14 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 3rd April, back in 1996 when FBI agents finally arrested the Unabomber as a result of the most expensive investigation in FBI history. Ted Kaczynski, was an American terrorist who carried out a seventeen-year bombing campaign, between 1978 and 1995, killing three people and injuring twenty-three others. Kaczynski was child prodigy and entered Harvard at sixteen years old. He was phenomenal at mathematics but quit his academic career in 1969 in the pursuit of a simpler life and moved into a remote cabin without electricity or running water in Lincoln, Montana.

He began his bombing campaign after observing the destruction of the woodland surrounding his cabin. His devices were sent through the US Postal Service to universities and airlines. In 1995 he promised to stop his bombing campaign if the Times or Washington Post published his manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future. Ted Kaczynski was eventually caught because of the publication of his manifesto.

Following its publication, his brother David Kaczynski recognised some of the phrasing, and compared it to letters his brother Ted had sent back in the 1970s. When FBI agents raided the cabin, they found the Unabomber and a treasure trove of evidence including a cache of bomb components and a live explosive device.

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