The Wannsee ConferenceTed Kaczynski Pleads Guilty To Bombings

On this day in 1998, in a Sacramento, California, courtroom, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the “Unabomber.”

Born in 1942, Kaczynski attended Harvard University and received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He worked as an assistant mathematics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, but abruptly quit in 1969. In the early 1970s, Kaczynski began living as a recluse in western Montana, in a 10-by-12 foot cabin without heat, electricity or running water. From this isolated location, he began the bombing campaign that would kill three people and injure more than 20 others.

The primary targets were universities, but he also placed a bomb on an American Airlines flight in 1979 and sent one to the home of the president of United Airlines in 1980. After federal investigators set up the UNABOM Task Force (the name came from the words “university and airline bombing”), the media dubbed the culprit the “Unabomber.” The bombs left little physical evidence, and the only eyewitness found in the case could describe the suspect only as a man in hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses (depicted in an infamous 1987 police sketch).

In 1995, the Washington Post (in collaboration with the New York Times) published a 35,000-word anti-technology manifesto written by a person claiming to be the Unabomber. Recognizing elements of his brother’s writings, David Kaczynski went to authorities with his suspicions, and Ted Kaczynski was arrested in April 1996. In his cabin, federal investigators found ample evidence linking him to the bombings, including bomb parts, journal entries and drafts of the manifesto.

Kaczynski was arraigned in Sacramento and charged with bombings in 1985, 1993 and 1995 that killed two people and maimed two others. (A bombing in New Jersey in 1994 also resulted in the victim’s death.) Despite his lawyers’ efforts, Kaczynski rejected an insanity plea. After attempting suicide in his jail cell in early 1998, Kaczynski appealed to U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. to allow him to represent himself, and agreed to undergo psychiatric evaluation. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, and Judge Burrell ruled that Kaczynski could not defend himself. The psychiatrist’s verdict helped prosecutors and defense reach a plea bargain, which allowed prosecutors to avoid arguing for the death penalty for a mentally ill defendant.

On January 22, 1998, Kaczynski accepted a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in return for a plea of guilty to all federal charges; he also gave up the right to appeal any rulings in the case. Though Kaczynski later attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing that it had been involuntary, Judge Burrell denied the request, and a federal appeals court upheld the ruling. Kaczynski was remanded to a maximum-security prison in Colorado, where he is serving his life sentence.

Posted in Lead Story.

42 Comments

  1. Hello there, I found your website by the use of Google even as looking for a similar topic, your web site came up, it appears good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, just become alert to your blog thru Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate in the event you continue this in future. A lot of folks will likely be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  2. what does viagra do to a healthy person
    sildenafil https://viaonlinebuy.us/ buying generic viagra online
    how do i get cheap viagra online

  3. is viagra available in generic form
    <a href=https://www.v1agrabuy.com/#>viagra alternative</a>
    how long before generic viagra

  4. Hi there! This article could not be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will send this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  5. curcumin viagra
    can i buy viagra online https://www.v1agrabuy.com/ viagra pills for sale
    what to take for viagra headache

  6. what is the difference between levitra and viagra
    [url=https://viaonlinebuy.us/#]viagra online[/url]
    best online pharmacy viagra

  7. how to split viagra into 4
    <a href=https://viaonlinebuy.us/#>viagra on line</a>
    what is the difference between viagra and sildenafil

  8. symbicort with viagra
    viagra sale https://viaonlinebuy.us/ online viagra
    what is the normal dosage of viagra

  9. how many mg of viagra should i take
    online viagra https://trusttnstore.com/ viagra prescription
    compare viagra price

  10. online pharmacy viagra paypal
    [url=https://trusttnstore.com/#]buy cialis[/url]
    how long will viagra last in your system

  11. what is the active ingredient in viagra
    [url=https://1borsa.com/3dlgz#]viagra prices[/url]
    what reasons could a type 1 deabetic not take viagra

  12. viagra prescription doctor
    <a href="http://freeurlredirect.com/3ks8c#">online cialis</a>
    what is better than viagra

  13. how much viagra should i take for recreational use
    online viagra https://qspark.me/RCnJgh viagra generic
    how long does the side effects of viagra last

  14. vietnamese viagra food
    sildenafil 20 mg tabletcheap viagra https://popularedstore.com/ sildenafil 20 mg tablet vs viagracialis over the counter
    viagra online without pres

  15. viagra may be on the banned list of substances in the future because it has the potential to
    viagra https://1borsa.com/3dlgz viagra pills
    viagra football commercial girl

  16. what happens after viagra patents is expired generic viagra mexico
    viagra canada online pharmacy https://ingogf.com/ viagra without a doctor prescription
    what happens when a girl take viagra how do i get viagra samples

  17. how viagra work
    generic sildenafil https://aviib.com/ cialis vs viagra cialis tadalafil
    viagra online indian pharmacy how to get viagra?

  18. how long does a viagra pill stay fresh
    tadalafil tablets https://edjass.com/ viagra dosage sildenafil citrate 20 mg
    what viagra looks like porn pics

  19. why do you need viagra in single packs 100 viagra pill
    natural viagra sildenafil 20 mg vs viagra https://edzxc.com/ cialis side effects
    what viagra does

  20. [url=http://www.kp-avto.eu/frakcionnyj-sostav/]how much to buy viagra
    [/url]
    [url=http://vkusiki.ru/salad/vegetable/20-funchoza.html]buy viagra online without perscription
    [/url]
    [url=http://odessacar.ru/index.php/4-mikroavtobus/contact]where is safest on line to buy viagra
    [/url]
    [url=http://edoday.ru/5450.html]can i buy 100mg viagra and cut in hald
    [/url]
    [url=http://modeleani.ru/flat_11.htm]buy viagra in houston tx
    [/url]

  21. how long does it take viagra to activate <a href=https://debviagrals.com/>viagra usage tips</a> how does viagra work quizlet free trial of viagra can you purchase viagra over the counter in bahamas?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.