A timeline of Ted Kaczynski’s life and crimes:
May 22, 1942: Ted Kaczynski born.
October 3, 1949: David Kaczynski born.
1952: In 5th grade a test determined Ted’s IQ was 167, this let him skip the 6th and 11th grade.
1957: At age 15 Ted graduated high school.
1958: At age 16 Ted started college at Harvard. He entered a multi-year psychological study that is thought to have had a negative impact on him.
1962: He attended University of Michigan for his PhD.
1967-1969: At age 26, he became the youngest Assistant Professor hired by University of California, Berkley.
1973: Ted moved to an isolated cabin in Lincoln, Montana (with no electricity or running water). The development of land nearby that affected his ability to live in complete isolation is thought to have triggered his first plan of “attack,” as this is when he started targeting “societal progress.”
1978-1995: Ted killed 3 people and injured 23 others with his homemade bombs.
Ted Kaczynski Work BenchSeptember 1995: The Unabomber manifesto was printed in The Washington Post and The New York Times. Due to the writing style, David became suspicious that it was his brother (Ted) and went to authorities. David gave the FBI $1 million reward money to the families of victims (minus his expenses from helping with the case).
April 1996: Ted was indicted.
January 7, 1998: Ted attempted to hang himself.
January 22, 1998: He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. He is in the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado (this is also where Robert Hanssen and Terry Nichols are incarcerated).