One of the most prolific and notorious terrorists in American history, Ted Kaczynski, aged 81, reportedly died on Saturday in his prison cell at the federal prison medical center in Butner, North Carolina.
Prior to being transferred to North Carolina due to medical issues, Kaczynski was being held at the most secure prison in the United States, a ‘Supermax’ facility in Florence, Colorado, commonly known as ADX.
Kaczynski killed three people and injured 26 others during a bombing spree that lasted nearly 20 years until he was caught in 1996.
Kaczynski was a primitivist who decried the corrosive effects of industrialization and technology in a 35,000 word manifesto that was published in both the Washington Post and the New York Times.
He was serving a life prison sentence without parole after he was able to plea out of the death penalty due to concerns about his mental state.
Kaczynski was only caught after the publication of his manifesto, where his brother and sister-in-law recognized the tone of his writings and the ideas presented in it and reported him to authorities.
He first came to the attention of law enforcement in 1978 when his first bomb exploded in Chicago at a university, and he went on to mail bombs to government officials and academics.
When he was finally arrested in a cabin in Montana, authorities found more than 40,000 journal pages in his possession discussing his plots and bomb components.
ABC News Reports–
Ted Kaczynski, the convicted terrorist known as the Unabomber, was found dead in his prison cell Saturday morning, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson. He was 81.
Kaczynski was previously in a maximum security facility in Colorado but was moved to a medical facility in North Carolina in December 2021 due to poor health.
Kaczynski, who went nearly 20 years without being captured until his arrest in 1996, was considered America’s most prolific bomber.
Between 1978 and 1995, Kaczynski placed or mailed 16 bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others, according to authorities.
In 1995, before he was identified as the Unabomber, he demanded newspapers to publish a long manuscript he had written, saying the killings would continue otherwise. Both the New York Times and Washington Post published the 35,000-word manifesto later that year.