unabomber manifesto

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).


Isabelle Huppert as philosophy teacher, reading Enzensberger, Adorno, Tolstoy, Levinas, Unabomber (Ted Kaczynski), Plato, Anarchism, and Pascal.

Mia Hansen-Løve

- Things to Come / L'avenir


FBI Profiler Says Linguistic Work Was Pivotal In Capture Of Unabomber

On May 25, 1978, a package exploded at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., injuring a security guard. It was the first of a series of 16 bombings that would occur over the next 17 years, killing three people and injuring many others. The suspect in the case, a shadowy figure who frequently used the U.S. mail to send his homemade explosives, became known as the “Unabomber.”

FBI criminal profiler James R. Fitzgerald began working on the case in July 1995. He remembers the Unabomber as a “criminal mastermind” who went to extraordinary lengths to erase any trace of physical evidence within his explosives.

FBI labs revealed, for instance, that the bomber ripped the skins off batteries to make them untraceable. He also avoided commercial glue and instead made his own epoxy by melting down deer hooves. “And, of course, no fingerprints, no DNA — nothing like that,” Fitzgerald says.

But Fitzgerald and his colleagues did have one important source of evidence: In the 1990s, the Unabomber began sending letters about his crimes to the media and some of his victims. In 1995, he sent a sprawling, 35,000-word “manifesto” to The New York Times and The Washington Post, in which he explained why he believed technology to be evil and how society should disband the technological system and live in agrarian tribes.

Fitzgerald says the Unabomber’s writings were a “pivotal factor” in cracking the case. He and his colleagues used them to help pinpoint the age and geographic origin of their suspect — evidence that helped lead to the April 6, 1996, arrest of Ted Kaczynski, an ideologically-motivated hermit living in a cabin in Montana.

Kaczynski pleaded guilty to the bombings in 1998 and is now serving a life sentence in prison. Fitzgerlad, now retired, is the central character in a new scripted mini-series on The Discovery Channel called Manhunt: Unabomber, starring actors Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany.

Photo: Kaczynski’s manifesto 

The conservatives are fools: they whine about the decay of
traditional values, yet they enthusiastically support technological
progress and economic growth. Apparently it never occurs to them that you can’t make rapid, drastic changes in the technology and the economy of a society with out causing rapid changes in all other
aspects of the society as well, and that such rapid changes inevitably break down traditional values.

“Industrial Society and Its Future”, Ted Kaczynski

Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terribly unhappy then gives them the drugs to take away their unhappiness. Science fiction It is already happening to some extent in our own society. Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual’s internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable.
—  Theodore Kaczynski, Unabomber

The ‘Unabomber’ timeline:

May 25, 1978: University of Chicago. One injured.

May 9, 1979: Northwestern University. One injured. 

November 15, 1979: American Airlines flight forced to land due to smoke entering cabin. No injuries.

June 10, 1980: American Airlines president Percy Wood is wounded outside his home in Lake Forest, Illinois.

October 8, 1981: University of Utah. Bomb disarmed without incident.

May 5, 1982: University of Nashville. One injury.

July 2, 1982: University of California. One injury. 

May 15, 1985: University of California. One injury.

June 13, 1985: Boeing Company, Auburn, Washington. Bomb safely disarmed

November 15, 1985: University of Michigan. Two injured. 

December 11, 1985: Sacramento, California. Hugh Scrutton is killed.

February 20, 1987: Salt Lake City, Utah. An eye-witness leads to the infamous 'Unabomber sketch.’

June 22, 1993: University of California. One injured.

June 24, 1993: Yale University. One injured.

December 10, 1994: North Caldwell, New Jersey. Thomas Mosser is killed.

April 24, 1995: Sacramento, California. The Unabomber’s third and final victim, Gilbert Murray, is killed.

June, 1995: The Unabomber sends in a Manifesto requiring papers publish it. 

September, 1995: After slight hesitation, the Manifesto is published. 

David Kaczynski turns in his older brother after his wife noticed similarities between the Manifest and his brothers previous work.

April 3, 1996: The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, is arrested in his small Montana cabin, ending his reign of terror.

May 4, 1998: Theodore Kaczynski is sentenced to four life-terms.

It is important to understand that we mean someone
who sympathizes with these MOVEMENTS as they exist today in our
society. One who believes that women, homosexuals, etc., should have
equal rights is not necessarily a leftist. The feminist, gay rights,
etc., movements that exist in our society have the particular
ideological tone that characterizes leftism, and if one believes, for
example, that women should have equal rights it does not necessarily
follow that one must sympathize with the feminist movement as it
exists today.
—  The Unabomber Manifesto paragraph 229