Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski, also known as the "Unabomber", is a mathematician,and serial murderer. He is known for his wide-ranging social critiques, which opposed industrialization and modern technology while advancing a nature-centered form of anarchism. Between 1978 and 1995, Kaczynski engaged in a nationwide bombing campaign against people involved with modern technology, planting or mailing numerous home-made bombs, ultimately killing a total of three people and injuring 23 others.
Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree. He subsequently earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967 at age 25. He resigned two years later.
While at Harvard, Kaczynski was among the twenty-two Harvard undergraduates used as guinea pigs in ethically questionable experiments. In the experiment each student received a code name. Kaczynski was given the code name "Lawful". Among other purposes, the experiments were focused on measuring people's reactions under extreme stress. The unwitting undergraduates were submitted to what were referenced as "vehement, sweeping and personally abusive" attacks. Assaults to their egos, cherished ideas and beliefs were the tools used to cause high levels of stress and distress. These experiments were conducted at Harvard University from the fall of 1959 through the spring of 1962.
In 1995, while Kaczynski was mailing out the bombs, he mailed several letters, including some to his victims and others to major media outlets, outlining his goals and demanding that his 50-plus page, 35,000-word essay Industrial Society and Its Future, abbreviated to "Unabomber Manifesto" by the FBI, be printed verbatim by a major newspaper or journal. He stated that if this demand were met, he would then end his bombing campaign. As careful as Kaczynski was to not get caught, even while sending out the letters, he didn't count on his snitch of a brother (with a push from his brother's wife) to tell on him. David Kaczynski first hired a private investigator to descreetly investigate Ted's activities. David then hired an attorney to organize evidence that the investigator had found so that he could turn it into the FBI. Although David tried to remain anonymous while doing so, apparently he wasn't as bright as his big brother because he was immediately identified and questioned, which ultimately led to the capture and arrest of Ted on April 3, 1996.
A federal grand jury indicted Kaczynski in April 1996 on 10 counts of illegally transporting, mailing, and using bombs. He was also charged with killing three people. Initially, the government prosecution team indicated that it would seek the death penalty for Kaczynski after it was authorized by United States Attorney General. David Kaczynski's attorney asked the former FBI agent who made the match between the Unabomber's manifesto and Kaczynski to ask for leniency—he was horrified to think that turning his brother in might result in his brother's death. Eventually, Kaczynski was able to avoid the death penalty by pleading guilty to all the government's charges, on January 22, 1998.Kaczynski is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Ted Kaczynski one page handwritten letter (letter content obscured on scan only) along with original mailing envelope. Letter is signed, "Ted Kaczynski".