Is the Unabomber Connected to the Tylenol Case?on May 19, 2011 in Law Enforcement, Serial Killers, Unsubs by Brian Combs
The FBI in Chicago is seeking DNA samples from Ted Kaczynski in connection with the unsolved case in 1982 where seven people died after taking Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. From a statement:
As part of our re-examination of the evidence developed in connection with the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, we have attempted to secure DNA samples from numerous individuals, including Ted Kaczynski.
To date, Mr. Kaczynski has declined to voluntarily provide this sample.
The only official suspect in the Tylenol murders so far is James Lewis. He denied having tampered with the pills, but admitted to sending an extortion letter to drug maker Johnson & Johnson. The letter demanded one million dollars to “stop the killing”.
He was convicted of extortion and served thirteen years of a twenty year sentence. Court document released in 2009 show that the Department of Justice though that Lewis was responsible for the poisonings, but didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.
It’s unknown what has caused the FBI to take this action against Kaczynski now.