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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1998
I am appalled that the Justice Department has refused to accept the life-in-prison proposal by Theodore Kaczynski (Dec. 30). The man appears to be brilliant and creative but a very mentally disturbed individual. Life is prison is fair, prudent and protective of society. Why should we spend millions to try to get him a death penalty that would then be followed by years and millions more in appeals? Let's use the money for the good of the community rather than the aggrandizement and self-congratulations of the attorney general, prosecutors and investigators.
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May 23, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
It seems that Theodore Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, couldn't pass up the opportunity to let his former classmates at Harvard College know just what he's up to these days. Associated Press reported that in an alumni directory, Kaczynski lists his occupation as "prisoner" and under awards lists "eight life sentences. " He is indeed serving a life sentence at the supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for killing three people during his bombing spree in which he mailed bombs to universities around the nation.
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NEWS
April 9, 1996 | RONALD J. OSTROW and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three language and human behavior experts privately examined a selection of Theodore J. Kaczynski's letters last December and, much to his family's anguish, concluded that there was a 60% to 80% chance he was the author of the Unabomber's infamous published manifesto. Clinton R.
WORLD
July 24, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Anders Behring Breivik, the chief suspect in Friday's twin terrorist attacks in Norway, copied passages from infamous American Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's manifesto and used them in his own writings, according to a Norwegian website that publishes political commentary, analysis and essays. Hans Rustad, editor of the website Document.no, writes that Breivik's 1,500-page political manifesto, titled "A European Declaration of Independence" and posted on the website (link in Norwegian)
NATIONAL
September 26, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster sent a torrent of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico, there was at least one person — sitting at the moment in a federal penitentiary in Colorado — briskly penning, "I told you so. " Failures of technology don't get much bigger than this, and Theodore Kaczynski, whose murderous, 17-year revolution against technology as the Unabomber got him sentenced to life in prison, couldn't...
NEWS
June 19, 1996 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven weeks after Unabomber suspect Theodore John Kaczynski was arrested at his remote cabin in central Montana, a federal grand jury here indicted him Tuesday in four bombings, including ones that killed a Capitol lobbyist and a local merchant.
NEWS
November 21, 1997 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Kaczynski, offering a window into the tortured mind of his brother, the alleged Unabomber, said Thursday that he cautioned prosecutors 18 months ago that Theodore Kaczynski would block any examination by their psychiatrists. In an interview with The Times, David Kaczynski, whose tip led the FBI to arrest his older brother, said he is disappointed with federal prosecutors because they ignored the warning and are pushing for a mental exam.
NEWS
October 6, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Theodore J. Kaczynski's brother, who gave authorities the initial tip that led to the Unabomber suspect's arrest, plans to quit his full-time youth shelter job to help with the defense. David Kaczynski, in a story in the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, said in a memo to co-workers: "I cannot go on indefinitely juggling my work and my personal responsibilities and expect to fulfill them both." Kaczynski, 46, said he instead will work part time at the shelter.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | Associated Press
Theodore Kaczynski says the judge and defense lawyers at his Unabomber trial coerced him into pleading guilty, and he wants a federal appeals court to review the case. Kaczynski pleaded guilty in January 1998 to a string of bombings that killed three people and injured 23 others. After he was sentenced to life in prison, he requested a full trial. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. ruled last month that Kaczynski's claims of coercion did not warrant a hearing.
NEWS
November 1, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors on Friday signaled that they will seek to bar Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski from using "mental defect evidence" in his upcoming murder-by-bombing trial. Prosecutors indicated that their request was triggered by Kaczynski's refusal last week to undergo a court-ordered mental examination by two psychiatrists retained by the government. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. scheduled a hearing on the issue for Nov. 21.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Could the Unabomber and Chicago's Tylenol poisoner be one and the same? FBI agents investigating the Tylenol killings, unsolved for nearly 30 years, want Theodore Kaczynski's DNA, but they aren't saying whether there's any reason to believe he might be a match. The FBI confirmed Thursday that it wanted a new DNA sample from Kaczynski, an Illinois native who last week filed a handwritten motion seeking to halt a government auction of his belongings on the grounds they could help prove his innocence in the Tylenol case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Charles Epstein, a UC San Francisco medical geneticist who studied Down syndrome and pioneered genetic counseling for families with affected children, but whose career was temporarily interrupted by a vicious 1993 attack by the notorious Unabomber, died Feb. 15 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was 77 and had been battling pancreatic cancer. Epstein helped create a model genetics clinic, the first on the West Coast, and "helped establish and legitimize the profession of genetic counseling," Joann Boughman of the American Society of Human Genetics said last year when Epstein received the group's major leadership award.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster sent a torrent of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico, there was at least one person — sitting at the moment in a federal penitentiary in Colorado — briskly penning, "I told you so. " Failures of technology don't get much bigger than this, and Theodore Kaczynski, whose murderous, 17-year revolution against technology as the Unabomber got him sentenced to life in prison, couldn't...
NEWS
February 13, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal appeals court panel on Monday rejected Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's bid for a new trial, ruling 2 to 1 that a trial judge had not coerced him into pleading guilty to three fatal bombings and had properly denied Kaczynski's request to represent himself. Judges Pamela Ann Rymer and Melvin Brunetti of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Kaczynski's courtroom statements showed that he entered his plea voluntarily.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | Associated Press
Theodore Kaczynski says the judge and defense lawyers at his Unabomber trial coerced him into pleading guilty, and he wants a federal appeals court to review the case. Kaczynski pleaded guilty in January 1998 to a string of bombings that killed three people and injured 23 others. After he was sentenced to life in prison, he requested a full trial. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. ruled last month that Kaczynski's claims of coercion did not warrant a hearing.
NEWS
May 5, 1998 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Accusing prosecutors of trying to discredit him, an unrepentant Theodore Kaczynski was sentenced to four life terms in federal prison Monday, as a parade of his anguished victims pleaded for harsh retribution against the confessed Unabomber. "Lock him so far down so that when he does die, he'll be closer to hell. That's where the devil belongs," a New Jersey widow told a packed courtroom as she recounted the horror of seeing her husband's mangled body in their debris-strewn kitchen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
The tiny cabin from which Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski allegedly conducted his 18-year bombing rampage will be shipped to Sacramento this morning. Kaczynski's defense was making arrangements Monday night to move the cabin to Sacramento in its entirety. Defense lawyers want to use the dark, cramped shack to give jurors an insight into their client's mind.
NEWS
October 22, 1997 | From Associated Press
Lawyers for Unabomber defendant Theodore Kaczynski said Tuesday that their medical specialists will include an expert in child psychiatry and a neuropsychologist familiar with brain disorders. The defense team suggested that it would examine Kaczynski's childhood experiences and his relationship with his family. The defense indicated earlier that Kaczynski may suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.
NEWS
May 5, 1998 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unrepentant Theodore Kaczynski on Monday was sentenced to four life terms in federal prison as a parade of his anguished victims pleaded for harsh retribution and described how the confessed Unabomber's blasts shattered their lives. "Lock him so far down so that when he does die, he'll be closer to hell. That's where the devil belongs," a New Jersey widow told a packed courtroom as she recounted the horror of seeing her husband's mangled body in their debris-strewn kitchen.
NEWS
February 1, 1998 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just a month ago, Theodore Kaczynski's grimy, wooden, one-room cabin was destined to be a critical piece of evidence in the high-profile Unabomber trial. Now, Kaczynski has pleaded guilty to murder-by-bombing and other charges, and he will be spending the rest of his life in a federal prison, never returning to the quiet woods of Montana where he built his shack.
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