According to a Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, also known as “The Unabomber,” passed away in a federal prison on Saturday.
Around 8 in the morning, Kaczynski was discovered dead at a federal jail in North Carolina. At first, the reason of death wasn’t known.
He was sent to a medical center at a federal prison in North Carolina after serving two decades in a superfederal prison in Colorado for a string of explosions that targeted scientists.
Kaczynski was apprehended in 1996 at the cabin where he resided in western Montana and was given a life sentence without the possibility of release. Between 1978 and 1995, he acknowledged to carrying out 16 explosions across the nation, resulting in the deaths of three people and the injuries of 23 others.
In 1971, Kaczynski relocated to a secluded cottage without running water or electricity close to Lincoln, Montana, where he lived by himself and developed survival skills. He chooses to use terrorism to oppose industrialization and the degradation of nature after seeing the environment around his cabin being destroyed and coming to the conclusion that it is now impossible to live in the forest. Before his arrest, Kaczynski was the focus of the FBI’s longest and most expensive investigation in 1979. The FBI assigned him the case number UNABOM (University and Airline Bomber) before his identity was made public, earning him the moniker “Unabomber” in the process.
Kaczynski claimed in a 1995 letter to The New York Times that he would “avoid terrorism” if his manifesto appeared in either The New York Times or The Washington Post and that his bombings were extreme but crucial to the Modern technologies, which demand extensive organization, are to blame for the erosion of human freedom and dignity. The piece was published as a result of pressure from the FBI and Attorney General Janet Reynolds, and it appeared in The Washington Post in September 1995. David Kaczynski, who read it and recognized the language style, alerted the FBI about his concerns. When Kaczynski was detained in 1996, he asserted his sanity and attempted to oust the lawyers who had been appointed by the court to defend him against the death penalty on the grounds of insanity. In 1998, after entering a guilty plea to all charges, he was given eight consecutive life terms without the possibility of release.