Photograph of Ted Kaczynski as a child, also known as the Unabomber, with his father and baby brother David. David would eventually go to the FBI when the Unabomber’s manifesto was published, recognising the ideals and words of his brother. This ultimately lead to his brother’s arrest.
A mailbox in Lincoln, Montana, shows the name Ted Kaczynski in faded lettering. Known as the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski was arrested and later pled guilty to mail bomb attacks that killed three people and injured 23.
A letter from Theodore Kaczynski to one of his victims, Yale computer science professor David Gelernter.
People with advanced degrees aren’t as smart as they think they are. If
you’d had any brains you would have realized that there are a lot of
people out there who resent bitterly the way techno-nerds like you are
changing the world and you wouldn’t have been dumb enough to open an
unexpected package from an unknown source.
In the epilog of your book, “Mirror Worlds,” you tried to justify your
research by claiming that the developments you describe are inevitable,
and that any college person can learn enough about computers to compete
in a computer-dominated world. Apparently, people without a college
degree don’t count. In any case, being informed about computers won’t
enable anyone to prevent invasion of privacy (through computers),
genetic engineering (to which computers make an important contribution),
environmental degradation through excessive economic growth (computers
make an important contribution to economic growth) and so forth.
As for the inevitability argument, if the developments you describe are
inevitable, they are not inevitable in the way that old age and bad
weather are inevitable. They are inevitable only because techno-nerds
like you make them inevitable. If there were no computer scientists
there would be no progress in computer science. If you claim you are
justified in pursuing your research because the developments involved
are inevitable, then you may as well say that theft is inevitable,
therefore we shouldn’t blame thieves.
But we do not believe that progress and growth are inevitable.
We’ll have more to say about that later.
P.S. Warren Hoge of the New York Times can confirm that this letter does come from FC.
THESE IMAGES OF SAVAGE CRIMINALS SHOW THE BEAUTY IN EVIL
Evil can be beautiful, as illustrated by these drawings of outlaws by Canadian artist Sean Lewis. In these intricate and colorful drawings, the subjects range from genuine monsters to the simply badass.
Suffering from postpartum depression and dementia, Yates lived for a time in a small trailer with her five children and husband. They were devoutly religious and “would seek to have as many babies as nature allowed.” The pressure of their growing family proved too much for Andrea and, after multiple failed suicide attempts, she drowned her five children in their tub.
A famous music producer throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, and '80s, Spector is most famous for his recording technique called the “wall of sound.” Suffering from intense bouts of paranoia, he was known for violent mood swings and famously pulled a gun on The Ramones. Spector later shot and killed his girlfriend and appeared in many courtrooms with an assortment of ridiculous wigs.
Born into an unstable home, Aileen was abandoned by her mother as a child and raised for a time by her grandparents. From an early age, she became sexually active with multiple partners and at 15 was thrown out of her grandparents’ house. She lived in the woods and supported herself through prostitution. She later hitchhiked to Florida, and it was there that she murdered seven men, who she claimed had sexually assaulted her while she was working as a prostitute.
UNABOMBER (TED KACZYNSKI)
Considered a mathematical child prodigy, Ted Kaczynski attended Harvard at the age of 16. After completing his PhD and a short time spent as a professor, Ted moved to a remote cabin where he attempted to become self-sufficient. It was from here that he started a mail bombing spree that spanned more than 20 years. Spurred by the destruction of the wilderness around his home, he used bombings to attract attention to his cause. He sent a letter to authorities claiming to stop the bombings if the Times or Washington Post printed his manifesto. It was through this letter that he was eventually apprehended.-
Raised and sheltered by his religious-fanatic mother, he was teased for his effeminate demeanor. Ed went on to dig up the bodies of women at the local graveyard and later murdered two women. When the police raided his home, they discovered one of the most horrific crime scenes any have witnessed, with skin stretched over furniture, skull bowls, a body suit stitched from skin and many other body parts used in disgusting ways. He was the influence for many horror movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Buffalo Bill’s character in Silence of the Lambs.–