Theodore Kaczynski, known as “Unabomber”, died in prison in the United States

The American Theodore Kaczynski, known as “Unabomber”, was found dead in the federal prison of North Carolina where he was imprisoned for life for having committed between 1978 and 1995 a series of attacks, which left three dead and twenty- three injured, American media announced on Saturday June 10, citing the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He was 81 years old.

Called “Unabomber” by the FBI, Theodore Kaczynski died at the federal prison medical center in Butner, North Carolina, BOP spokeswoman Kristie Breshears told the Associated Press. He was found unconscious in his cell early Saturday morning and was pronounced dead around 8 a.m., she reported. The cause of his death is not immediately known.

Long detained in the high-security prison in Florence, Colorado – known for having sheltered famous prisoners such as drug lord El Chapo – he was transferred in 2021 to a prison health facility in North Carolina.

Manifesto published by the press

Brilliant mathematician turned hermit, Theodore Kaczynski had embarked on a crusade against progress and technology, making his bombs in a cabin in the mountains of Montana (Northwest) without running water or electricity. His first targets are academics and airlines, earning the assassin the nickname Unabomber (for “university and airline bomber”).

In September 1995, promising to stop sending bombs, he obtained New York Times and washington post that they publish a long manifesto in which he expresses a hatred of technology and the modern world. While reading it, a resident of the East Coast of the United States, David Kaczynski, sees in it a similarity with the old writings of his brother Theodore, cut off from his family for years. He then alerted the FBI and, in April 1996, allowed his arrest. A diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia did not prevent him from being tried and then sentenced, in 1998, to life in prison, after pleading guilty.

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The World with AFP

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