Theodore J. Kaczynski, the so-called It is a Unabomber. The spree, which ended in what is often described as the longest and most costly investigation in U.S. history, died Saturday at the Federal Prison Medical Center in Buttner, North Carolina. He is 81 years old.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Prison Service said Mr Kaczynski was found unresponsive in his cell early in the morning. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Mr. Kaczynski has followed a singular path in American life, from lone boy prodigy to Harvard-trained star of pure mathematics, to rural recluse, notorious murderer, and imprisoned extremist. rice field.
In the public eye, he blended a rare style of violence, regularly targeting deranged serial killers, with the ideological fanaticism of terrorists.
After he was arrested by some 40 FBI agents, the details of his ideology were not up for debate, but rather whether his crimes should have been rationally motivated and dignified in the first place. became.
Victims lashed out at commentators for taking seriously the 35,000-word manifesto Kaczynski wrote to spread the ideas he claimed to justify his actions and inspire them.
A psychologist involved in the trial considered his writing to be evidence of schizophrenia. His lawyers tried to defend him for insanity, but when Mr Kaczynski rebelled and tried to appear in court at the risk of execution, they said it was evidence of further insanity.
For years before the manifesto was released, Mr. Kaczynski (pronounced kazynski) had no reputation for anything more than a perverse tycoon, and appeared to randomly select his victims, making him a suspect to the FBI. He was known only by a mysterious-sounding nickname with roots. The investigation against him is ‘Unabomber’. It became widely known that some of his victims lost a finger while opening a parcel bomb. Checking mail in the unconscious routine of everyday life caused many Americans a flicker of nervousness.
After his arrest in April 1996, Kaczynski’s extraordinary biography came to light. As a boy, he scored 167 on an IQ test and entered Harvard University at age 16. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, he worked in a field of mathematics so esoteric that he estimated that his dissertation committee had only 10 or 12 members. The country understood that. By age 25, he was an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
And he dropped out not only from Berkeley, but from civilized society as well. From 1971 until his arrest, he lived in a cabin he built himself in rural Montana. He refused running water, read by homemade candlelight, stopped filing federal taxes, and lived on rabbits.
A full obituary will be published shortly.