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Ted Kaczynski | The Serial Killers Podcast

Ted Kaczynski

Demographic Info

The Unabomber3MaleCaucasianUSAStationaryPersonal Cause1942/05/22 (Chicago, Illinois, USA)n/a


Mind for Murder, A: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern TerrorismAlston ChaseAmazon
Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, a.k.a. "The Unabomber"Theodore J. Kaczynski and David SkrbinaAmazon, Kindle eBook
Unabomber: On the Trail of America's Most-Wanted Serial KillerJohn Douglas and Mark OlshakerAmazon
Unabomber: The Secret Life of Ted KaczynskiChris Waits and Dave ShorsAmazon
Unabomber Manifesto, The: Industrial Society and Its FutureThe UnabomberAmazon, Kindle eBook


Biography: Ted Kaczynski: The UnabomberAmazon (DVD)
Most Evil: Masterminds (Episode 2x08)

Ted Kaczynski was born on May 22, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. At a young age, Kaczynski’s mother recognized that he had a fear of buildings and people. He made very few friends, but excelled academically. He was only 16 when he was accepted into Harvard University. During his time at university he participated in a multiple year study that was conducted by Dr. Henry Murray. The students who participated in this study were made to write a paper on their beliefs and goals and then were strapped to chairs and connected to electrodes. A lawyer would enter the room and belittle their beliefs while their reactions were recorded and later played back to them. Many people believe that this is one of the reasons that Kaczynski became emotionally unstable and began to dislike mind control.

After Kaczynski graduated from Harvard, at the age of 20, he went to University of Michigan for a PhD in mathematics. He graduated and became an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Many undergraduates complained that Kaczynski was uncomfortable teaching and in 1969 Kaczynski handed in his resignation. Kaczynski moved in with his parents and 2 years later moved to a remote cabin in Montana that had no running water or electricity. Over time he began to began to realize that he could not be isolated or self-sufficient because of the development of companies around his area. He began to sabotage the developments around his cabin, but after discovering that his favorite wild spot had been replaced by a road, he decided to seek revenge against the companies and the people who ran them.

Kaczynski began to send out homemade mail bombs in 1978, at the age of 36. His murder series began in 1985, at the age of 43, and ended in 1996. All of his victims were murdered when they died from the injuries suffered from the homemade bombs that Kaczynski made and sent or dropped off. In total, there were 16 bombs that Kaczynski created, 23 people were injured and 3 were killed. Kaczynski would often put pieces of tree bark or branches inside of the bombs, which led investigators to believe that he had an obsession with wood.

On April 3, 1996, Kaczynski was arrested outside of his cabin. A search warrant was granted, although many investigators did not believe the evidence that Kaczynski’s brother, David Kaczynski, provided proved that Kaczynski was the Unabomber. Investigators discovered bomb components and over 40,000 journal pages that contained bomb-making experiments. Kaczynski was able to avoid the death penalty by pleading guilty to the charges against him. He was found guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Episode 040: Modus Operandi, Ritual Behavior, and Signature

on August 5th, 2011 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 2 Comments

Charles Albright removed the eyeballs of his victims. The Zodiac Killer signed his letters with a distinctive mark that included a cross and a circle. Richard Ramirez drew Satanic pentagrams on the walls of his victims’ homes, and sometimes on their bodies. The Boston Strangler tied his ligatures into birthday…

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Is the Unabomber Connected to the Tylenol Case?

on May 19th, 2011 in Law Enforcement, Serial Killers, Unsubs by | No Comments

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…

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Kaczynski’s Land for Sale

on December 6th, 2010 in Murderabillia by | No Comments

The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the Unabomber’s property is for sale. For $69,000 you can own 1.4 acres in western Montana, and truly get away from it all. Unfortunately, you’ll need to build on it. The famous cabin in which Ted Kaczynski lived was removed and sent to…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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Victims of Ted Kaczynski

on July 13th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Ted Kaczynski was found guilty for the murders of three people. We currently have information on all of his murder victims. Hugh Scrutton  Hugh, age 38, was murdered on December 11, 1985. He was murdered by a nail-and-splinter-loaded bomb, which was created by Kaczynski, in Sacramento, California. Thomas J. Mosser  Thomas…

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