Ted Kaczynski, the notorious Unabomber, died by suicide in prison on June 10, 2023, at the age of 81. Kaczynski was serving a life sentence for his role in a series of mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others between 1978 and 1995.
Kaczynski was born in Chicago in 1942 and grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He was a brilliant student and attended Harvard University, where he earned a degree in mathematics in 1962. After graduating, Kaczynski moved to Montana, where he lived a solitary life in a remote cabin.
In 1978, Kaczynski began sending mail bombs to universities, airlines, and other institutions. He claimed that he was waging a war against "industrial society" and its "cancerous growth of technology." Kaczynski's bombs killed three people and injured 23 others.
In 1995, Kaczynski sent a 35,000-word manifesto to The New York Times and The Washington Post. In the manifesto, he outlined his philosophy and his reasons for bombing people. The manifesto was published in both newspapers, and it led to Kaczynski's arrest by the FBI.
Kaczynski was convicted of four counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kaczynski died by suicide in prison on June 10, 2023.
Kaczynski's death has sparked renewed debate about his legacy. Some people believe that he was a terrorist who should have been executed. Others believe that he was a victim of mental illness who should have been treated rather than punished.
Regardless of one's opinion of Kaczynski, there is no doubt that he was a complex and controversial figure. His life and death are a reminder of the dangers of extremism and the importance of fighting for peace and justice.