People are speculating whether the news of Ted Kaczynski’s death, which has been trending online, is a hoax.
During Ted’s 17-year mail-bombing Campaign from 1978 to 1995, the domestic terrorist known as the “Unabomber” killed three people and injured more than 20 others. The infamous moniker derives from the investigation code name used by the FBI-led task force to identify his University and passenger plane targets.
The three deadly bombs that killed Hugh Scrutton, a California computer store owner, in 1985, Thomas Mosser, a New Jersey advertising Executive, in 1994, and Gilbert Murray, the president of the California Forestry Association, in 1995 were the Unabomber’s most lethal bombs out of the 16 he sent.
Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski wasn’t captured by the FBI until 1996, ending one of the most drawn-out and expensive manhunts in FBI history. He was then residing in a solitary, ten-by-14-foot cabin he had constructed in a remote Montana area without electricity or running water.
Ted Kaczynski Death News Trending On The Internet
Ted Kaczynski’s death news has been trending on the internet for the past few days. However, no reliable source has confirmed that he is dead. Hence, it cannot be assumed that Ted Kaczynski is no more.
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is escorted by U.S. marshals from a federal courthouse June 21, 1996, in Helena, Mont. (Source: latimes.com)
In Sacramento, California, Kaczynski was charged with the three deadly bombings. His attorneys urged him to enter an insanity defense, but he declined. He attempted his life in jail in 1998, and paranoid schizophrenia was later determined to be the cause. He requested the right to self-defense, but that request was turned down.
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On January 22, 1998, he received multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole and a fine of over $15 million. Robert Cleary, the lead prosecutor, told reporters that he believed “justice was done.”
Is Ted Kaczynski Dead Or Alive?
Since Ted Kaczynski’s death news is just a hoax, he is still alive.
Kaczynski, now 81 years old, served most of his time in solitary confinement at the Supermax high-security prison in Florence, Colorado.
A picture of Ted Kaczynski. (Source: oxygen.com)
He spent his hour of recreation time at that facility with Ramzi Yousef and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in separate cages made of wire mesh measuring 12 by 18 feet. Kaczynski was moved to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Butner, North Carolina, on December 14, 2021.
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A geneticist at the University of California who was one of Kaczynski’s surviving victims told the Los Angeles Times that Kaczynski’s sentence was unfair and that no punishment would be severe enough.
Ted Kaczynski Before He Was Arrested
Kaczynski was born in 1942 in a Chicago suburb to a mother who worked as a sausage maker and a housewife. He was known as Teddy John by his family.
Kaczynski was hospitalized for an allergic rash when he was nine months old. As was customary in 1942, the hospital only permitted his parents to see their infant son for a few hours every other day.
Wanda Kaczynski, the future terrorist’s mother, later recalled how the child would wail as he was taken away from her after each visit, telling the FBI that she thought this incident laid the groundwork for Kaczynski’s arrest in 1996.
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Kaczynski began attending Harvard on a scholarship when he was 16 years old. He was said to have a genius-level IQ of 167. Kaczynski was enlisted there for the Murray Experiment, which involved psychological abuse and humiliation of severely stressed subjects.