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Unabomber Suspect Kaczynski to Be Indicted in Sacramento

June 15, 1996| From Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Theodore Kaczynski is expected to be indicted Tuesday in Sacramento for Unabomber-related crimes and could be transferred from Montana to California by the end of the week, a federal source said Friday.

The Sacramento indictment is the only one immediately planned, although federal authorities have discussed bringing charges in New Jersey and other locations, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, who was in San Francisco on Friday for a speech, refused to comment.

Kaczynski, 54, has been jailed in Helena, Mont., without bond since his arrest April 3 at his mountain cabin. He had spent most of his time there since quitting his job at the University of California in 1969. The former math professor has been charged only with possession of bomb-making materials.

The Unabomber is blamed for three deaths and 23 injuries in an 18-year series of bombings that began in 1978.

Two of the fatalities were in Sacramento--California Forestry Assn. President Gilbert P. Murray, 47, killed April 24, 1995, and Hugh Scrutton, 38, killed by a bomb found near his computer rental store Dec. 11, 1985.

The federal death penalty, revived in 1994, would apply to Murray's death, but not the Scrutton case.

The third death was that of advertising executive Thomas Mosser, 50, who was killed Dec. 10, 1994, by a bomb sent to his home in North Caldwell, N.J.

The cases could eventually be combined into the Sacramento indictment.

On Thursday, a federal judge in Helena released the FBI affidavit that led to the search of Kaczynski's cabin. It said DNA tests of saliva found on two letters--one sent by the Unabomber and one by Kaczynski to his family--showed a genetic link.

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