Ted Kaczynski has died. The man better known as the Unabomber turned 81 years old. Guards found him dead in his cell Saturday morning.
The Unabomber gripped the United States from the late 1970s into the 1990s with multiple bombings. These left three dead and 23 injured. It wasn’t until 1996 that he was arrested, at his home in the state of Montana. He confessed to his actions, avoiding the death penalty. Instead, he was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole.
After graduating from Harvard University and working for several years as a mathematics professor, Kaczynski turned against modern society. He saw the development of new technologies around him as the enemy, and initially decided to sabotage them. Later he figured out that attacks were the only way to stop developments in industry.
He got his nickname from a letter bomb that had caught fire on a plane. The FBI investigating gave that the code name Unabom; University and Airline Bomber. Kaczynski’s original targets were individuals associated with universities. Later, he also turned against airlines. In a 35,000-word essay, he explained his motives to the U.S. intelligence agency FBI.
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Matthew Johnson, a small tech business owner retired and found his passion in journalism.