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On This Day in History January 22, 1998

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The man known as the Unabomber pleads guilty in a Sacramento courthouse. Theodore J. Kaczynski went out a 17 year bombing spree across the country. Ted was Harvard student and graduated with a PHD in Mathematics. He was also an assistant professor at University of California. He quit his job and started living a life in isolation for many years.


Ted was a man of nature and resided in a cabin located in western Montana. The cabin did not have any running water, power or heat. This is the place that many believe the Unabomber began his mission to target and bomb selected individuals. Over a 17 year period Kaczynski killed a total of three people and injured 20 others. The authorities had a difficult time finding Ted because the packages and bombs he constructed left very few clues over the years.


Over the years the majority of his targets were college universities. Ted did bomb one American Airlines plane in 1979 and bomb one person at home. He was given the name Unabomber by the FBI because Ted was unknown to the authorities for many years. The only thing they had over the years was a sketch of a hooded man with dark sunglasses as the suspect.


The Washington Post was the first newspaper to publish written letters by the Unabomber. . It was known as the manifesto which was a series of several letters from the Unabomber. The Unabomber's brother David Kaczynski recognized the writing style used in the letters and immediately notified the authorities. Ted was finally arrested and taking into custody in April 1996 from his Montana cabin. They were able to link Ted to the bombing from evidence found in the cabin.


There were psychological exams of Ted while he was in custody. He also tries to commit suicide while awaiting trial on one occasion. Originally, Ted pleads guilty, but later tried to rescind the plea to not guilty. His attempt to change the plea was rejected by the judge. He also wanted to represent himself in court, but later accepted legal counsel.


Theodore J. Kaczynski was sentenced to life in prison with no parole on January 22, 1998. He is serving his sentence in Colorado in ADX Florence USP, a super maximum security facility. Ted will always be known as the most notorious domestic terrorist in the United States.


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