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Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Found Dead in a US Jail Cell

He had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole since 1996 and had spent the past three decades in various US correctional facilities

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UNITED STATES: Ted Kaczynski, aged 81, notorious for his involvement in a series of mail bombings spanning from 1978 to 1995, has been discovered deceased in his jail cell. Ted Kaczynski, a Harvard-trained mathematician, gained national attention for his criminal activities and became the subject of numerous TV documentaries. He had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole since 1996 and had spent the past three decades in various US correctional facilities.

Prison guards found Ted Kaczynski’s lifeless body on Saturday morning at 00:25 local time (04:25 GMT). Following the discovery, he was promptly transported to a nearby hospital, where medical staff officially pronounced him deceased. Since May 1998, Kaczynski had been held at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

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Ted Kaczynski’s campaign of violence had long-lasting consequences and forever changed the way Americans approached mail communication. His manifesto, titled “Industrial Society and Its Future,” was published by the Washington Post and the New York Times under the threat of further attacks. This extensive 35,000-word document expressed his grievances against modern society, asserting that technology was leading to the increasing helplessness and alienation of the American populace.

In April 1996, Kaczynski was apprehended in a makeshift cottage constructed from plywood and tarpaper. His personal diaries revealed that his actions were driven by a desire for retribution rather than a noble cause for the betterment of humanity. The catalyst for his crimes appeared to be his dismissal from the family business after sending violent limericks to a female coworker.

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Ted Kaczynski’s early targets included universities and airlines, which earned him the moniker “Unabomber” from the FBI. Notable attacks included Northwestern University in Illinois and an American Airlines flight in November 1979, resulting in injuries to two individuals and the destruction of an American Airlines aircraft through an altitude-triggered bomb.

Over the years, Kaczynski carried out a total of 13 attacks, resulting in the deaths of Gilbert Murray, Thomas Mosser, Hugh Scrutton, and Hugh Scrutton. Mosser’s spouse testified that her husband was killed on the day he was planning to retrieve a Christmas tree with their family, recounting the immediate aftermath of the tragic incident. The motives behind Kaczynski’s actions have been the subject of ongoing speculation since his capture.

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FBI officials labeled Kaczynski as a “twisted genius” and described him as a paranoid schizophrenic. His manifesto stemmed from his belief that he was being unjustly targeted and harassed by both family members and society at large. While Kaczynski attempted suicide while in prison, he maintained his mental competence, asserting in an interview with Time magazine that he was of sound mind.

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