UPDATE: ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski committed suicide in his North Carolina prison cell

Image of 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski.

Image of 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski. Credit: FBI/Public Domain

UPDATE: Monday, June 12 at 0:40 am

Theodore ‘Ted’ Kaczynski, known as the ‘Unabomber’, allegedly committed suicide in his prison cell, according to The Associated Press on Sunday, June 11, citing four sources familiar with the matter.

The 81-year-old inmate was said to be suffering from the late stages of cancer.


Saturday, June 10 at 7:27 pm

Ted Kaczynski, the notorious criminal dubbed the ‘Unabomber, has been found dead in his prison cell at the age of 81.

His death was confirmed to The Associated Press this Saturday, June 10, by a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The lifeless body of Theodore ‘Ted’ Kaczynski was reportedly discovered at around 12:30 am this morning.

No cause of death was verified but he is known to have died in a medical facility in a federal prison in North Carolina.

After pleading guilty to carrying out a series of bombings that specifically targeted scientists across America between 1978 and 1995, Kaczynski was sentenced to four life sentences plus 30 years in prison without parole.

Three people died in the explosions caused as a result of his bombs while another 23 people suffered injuries. A manhunt eventually ended when Kaczynski was located in western Montana on April 3, 1996. He had been living there in a remote cabin since 1971.

He spent 20 years incarcerated in a Supermax prison in Florence Colorado, before being moved to North Carolina, where he was found dead today in the Federal Medical Centre in Butner.

At the time of his arrest, the hunt for Kaczynski was the most expensive and prolonged in the history of the FBI. He became a domestic terrorist after dropping out of society as a mathematics professor in 1969.

His mail bombing campaign that was conducted nationwide was aimed primarily at people he considered to be responsible for advancing modern technology as well as the destruction of the environment.

Kaczynski wrote a 35,000-word manifesto titled ‘Industrial Society and Its Future’ in which he voiced his opposition to industrialisation. He also rejected leftism and advocated for a nature-centred form of anarchism.

During the FBI’s operation to snare Kaczynski – which began in 1979 – they did not know the identity of their suspect. As a result, they used UNABOM (University and Airline Bomber) as the case identifier. This subsequently got picked up by the media who started referring to him as the ‘Unabomber’.

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