Every generation has their own boogeyman. After September 11th, 2001 Osama Bin Laden was the most wanted and most feared man in the world, up until the raid on his compound that left him dead. But historically, there have always been men that struck fear in the hearts of the population, guys like the Oklahoma City Bombers, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, Charles Manson, Adolph Hitler and yes, even the Zodiac Killer, whom Ted Cruz seems to remind the internet of.
But then there was the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. The Unabomber (the name comes from the codename the FBI used for him, a mix of University & Airline Bomber — UNABOM) operated from 1978 through 1996 when he was arrested, sending increasingly intricate bombs through the mail towards intended targets that didn’t quite match his political ideologies. Those beliefs were cataloged inside of an essay that he wrote, Industrial Society and Its Future, which was known as the Unabomber Manifesto by the press and authorities. The Unabomber’s body count was unusually low for someone who was so feared throughout the 90’s, only killing 3 while injuring 28. But his methods were still enough to scare the population and authorities had a very public manhunt for him resulting his arrest at his Montana cabin.
Now, after 20 years, the Unabomber has resurfaced in the most curious way. He has sent letters to a select few members of the press whom he has corresponded with in the past looking to plead his case to the world, refuting claims made by his brother in a recent tell-all book, Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family. Ted’s brother, David, penned the book to explain what Ted’s family went through while explaining that Ted was mentally ill, possibly in part thanks to questionable psychological tests conducted by Henry Murray on him from 1959 – 1962.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this letter and if someone will bite, asking the questions that Kazynski wants to be asked in order to publish an interview with him.