COUNTDOWN TO UNABOMB
August 1, 2001 - Unabrother David Kaczynski has been chosen as the executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, an anti-death penalty group. In 1996, Kaczynski and his wife, Linda Patrik, alerted authorities that his brother Teddy was the feared Unabomber after they both read his 35,000-word anti-technology rant published in the Washington Post.
March 2, 2000 - Federal prosecutors urged an appeals court to reject convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's bid for a new trial. Kaczynski told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he felt pressured to plead guilty to avoid being portrayed as mentally ill by his defense attorneys. In his request for a new trial, Kaczynski claimed that the shock over the planned defense and the court's refusal to allow him to change lawyers or defend himself prompted his unsuccessful suicide attempt at the Sacramento County Jail.
October 22, 1999 - A federal appeals court agreed to hear convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's bid for a fresh trial, saying he may have been bullied into the 1998 plea agreement to avoid the death penalty. The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit said Kaczynski had shown considerable evidence that his guilty plea was coerced, that he was inappropriately denied the right to represent himself, and that he should have been allowed to block his lawyers from arguing that he was mentally ill.
October 16, 1999 - The University of Michigan library has acquired hundreds of letters written by people around the world to Unabomber Ted Kaczynski along with some of his responses. The university's Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library received a 5-foot stack of Kaczynski correspondence within the last month after two years of negotiations. The collection will be kept for people to study and for research by psychologists and others who may want to study Kaczynski's mind.
The letters join the library's Labadie Collection, a collection of anarchist and social-protest literature containing more than 36,000 books and 8,000 periodicals. The letters cover the period from Kaczynski's arrest in April 1996 through the present. The university will continue to collect Kaczynski's correspondence until he dies or stops making the letters available, Ms. Nesbit said.
October 13, 1999 - In a pattently bazaar coupling that could only have in show biz, Unabrother David Kaczynski has inked a deal with Disney to make a movie based on his life.
August 24, 1999 - With his 368-page memoir only weeks from release, serial bomber and soon-to-be best-selling author Teddy K., released on the Internet a parable that he wrote for OFF!, a zine produced by students at the State University of New York in Binghamton. "Ship of Fools," the parable, tells of passengers and crew who spend their time griping about personal injustices instead of taking over the vessel from an insane crew. The boat eventually crashes into two icebergs and everyone dies. The 11-page tale was written from his Colorado prison cell at the request of Tim LaPietra, a 21-year-old senior. It is on the Web site of Context Books, the publisher of his upcoming memoir, "Truth Versus Lies."
July 6, 1999 - It turns out that Teddy K. was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Michael Mello, author of the recently published book, "The United States of America vs. Theodore John Kaczynski," notes that at some point in his Harvard years -- 1958 to 1962 -- Kaczynski agreed to be the subject of "a psychological experiment." Mello identifies the chief researcher as a lieutenant colonel in World War II, working for the CIA's predecessor organization, the Office of Strategic Services.
March 1, 1999 - Though previously reported in the Archives, the mainstream press is abuzz with the pending publication of the long-awaited follow-up to Teddy K's 1997 anti-technology rant. In his new book, titled "Truth Versus Lies," Ted denies being mentally ill, refuses to acknowledge that he is the Unabomber and compares his brother to Judas. "My brother is another Judas Iscariot, except that, unlike the original Judas, he doesn't even have enough courage to go hang himself."
Kaczynski says in the book that instead of turning him in, his brother should have sent him a message threatening to expose him. "If I were the Unabomber," he writes, "that would have been an effective deterrent." For his brother to win his forgiveness, David would have to leave his wife and join a group of "environmental radicals" in their the fight against modern society. "I know how to put him in touch with environmental radicals, and I believe they would accept him if he came to them repentant... In this way he would not only earn my personal forgiveness; what is more important, he would be cleansed and redeemed of his treason against the values that he once held in common with me and many other people."
In his tell-all manuscript, which will be published this spring, Teddy contends that his family agreed to a mental-illness defense to hide their abuse of him when he was a child. The manuscript also includes angry rants about the media, women he knew, neighbors, teachers and acquaintances. One promiscuous woman, he says, was a "damned animal." A school official was "prissy." As a youth, he remembers, he called his mother a "fat pig." Anthony Bisceglie, a lawyer for David Kaczynski and their mother, Wanda, said that investigators looked at the abuse allegation and concluded that it was false. "This is symptomatic of Ted's illness," he said, "and it is not uncommon in schizophrenia for this kind of nasty, angry, unpleasant striking out to occur."
February 12, 1999: After unsuccessfully pitching his book to Simon & Schuster and other established New York publishers, Unabomber Teddy K. remained true to the underground and inked a deal with Beau Friedlander of Context Media. The 548-page manuscript submitted by the author is "an attempt to tell the other side of a one-sided tale that was spun by his family and his attorneys in their attempt to save him from the death penalty." Circumventing any Son of Sam rulings, any proceeds will go to his victims' families. The book is expected to be out in late May or June.
February 11, 1999: Unabomber Teddy K. believes he was unfairly coerced into pleading guilty and has hired a new lawyer to help him win a second trial. A new trial could lead to the death penalty for the anti-technology terrorist, who has been in a federal prison in Florence, Colo., since he was sentenced to life without parole last spring.
February 5, 1999: Three of America's most notorious bombers -- Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski -- see each other during their daily one-hour exercise time at Colorado's "SuperMax"prison. According to Yousef's attorney, Bernard Kleinman,his client and McVeigh talk about movies they've seen on television, prison food and other minor matters. Kaczynski "is there physically, but he really doesn't discuss what they discuss," Kleinman said.
January 13, 1999: The Unabomber's brother David K. has set up a fund to distribute about $500,000 to victims of crimes committed by paranoid schizophrenics. Teddy, a former Berkeley mathematics professor-turned Grizzley Adams, was diagnosed by a prison psychiatrist as a paranoid schizophrenic. He was convicted last year and is serving a life prison sentence for 16 attacks that killed three people and injured 29.
The rest of the $1 million federal reward he recieved for turning his brother inwent into taxes and lawyer fees. "This is the best we can do," David said as he announced that he and his wife, Linda Patrik, are giving the money left over to the Albany branch of The Community Foundation. David Kaczynski also said he's close to sealing a deal on the book and movie rights to the family's story, with any proceeds going to victims.
November 22, 1998: Unabombrother David K. told The Daily Gazette of Schenectady that he plans to sell the book and movie rights of his struggle to turn his brother over to authorities, and use the money to pay the family's legal bills.
September 9, 1998: On the wake of the salacious Starr Report, authorities released the prison psychiatrist's report on Teddy K.'s sexual deviance. The report details the Unabomber's fantasies about mutilating a girlfriend, killing psychiatrists and having a sex-change operation. Compiled in part from interviews with Kaczynski in his Sacramento County jail cell and from his own writings dating back to the 1960s, the report was released by U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell over defense objections following a legal challenge by the San Francisco Examiner and CBS News.
August 20, 1998: The back-stabbing Unabrother, David Kaczynski, finally received the $1 million check from the FBIfor turning in his older brother. Racked with guilt, David plans to give most of the money to families victimized by his brother's 16 bombings. "There's no question the money could never compensate for the loss of a loved one,'' the spineless social worker said in an interview from his job at a youth shelter in Albany, N.Y. But he added that he needs to use some of the money to pay off the family's legal bills from his brother's trial.
In related news, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals inh San Francisco announced that it will allow prosecutors to make public Teddy K's psychiatric report. Public defender and Unalawyer Quin Denvir said he would probably appeal on the grounds that such a disclosure would make future clients reluctant to cooperate with mental examinations. The 47-page report, based on 19 hours of interviews with Kaczynski, was prepared by prison psychiatrist Sally Johnson at the request of U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell.
June 24, 1998: Accomplished author and confessed serial terrorist, Teddy K. is shopping his much-rumored new anti-technology manifesto with New York publishers. Teddy sent a handwritten, four-page pitch letter to the Simon & Schuster offices in New York with the hope they will publish his side of the mental defect story. Simon & Schuster senior editor Bob Bender said the luddite-bomber's proposal will not be considered.
June 10, 1998: The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco temporarily blocked the release of Teddy K.'s psychiatric report and scheduled oral arguments on the case for June 30. Quin Denvir, Teddy K.'s lawyer, said the document should remain confidential because it contained private, potentially embarrassing information about Kaczynski's family members. The report was written in January by Dr. Sally Johnson, a federal prison psychiatrist who interviewed Ted in prison to determine his sanity.
June 4, 1998: Lawyers for Teddy K. argued against making a psychiatrist's evaluation of the Unabomber public, saying that it contains private, potentially embarrassing information about Kaczynski's family.
U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. approved the request by attorney Quin Denvir to delay the release of the report until June 11. The report was based on 19 hours of interviews done with Kaczynski in January at the Sacramento County jail. The doctor's report concluded that Kaczynski was a paranoid schizophrenic but competent to stand trial. In any case, the 55-year-old ex-mathe professor is allegedly working on a new manifesto in his cell in Florence, Colorado.
May 7, 1998: According to U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. Teddy K. faked an argument with his lawyers and staged an attempted suicide to improve his chances of striking a deal with prosecutors and avoiding the death penalty. Painting a completely different picture of the luddite bomber, Burrell said Ted employed "strategies that enabled him to delay the trial proceedings and to improve his settlement prospects with the government," and made a conscious decision "to employ trickery" so that a jury would never have to hear the details of his crime spree.
May 5, 1998: Authorities shipped Mr. K. to the famous Supermax prison, a $60 million high tech marvel in Colorado that houses some of the nation's most dangerous criminals. However, the fate of the famous Unabom cabin remains uncertain. Although technically it still belong to Ted's family, David K. and his mother are considering auctioning it and giving the profits to the surviving victims and their families.
May 4, 1998: U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. formally sentenced confessed luddite Bomber Teddy K. to four life terms plus 30 years for his 20 plus reign of anti-technology terror. Not one to take things calmly, the 55-year-old ex-math professor said that the government "discredited (him) personally." He added that in a future date he will respond (in writing, we assume) to the misrepresentation leveled against him and his political ideas.
As Kaczynski began to speak, the family of his last victim, Sacramento timber lobbyist Gilbert Murray, stood up and walked out of the courtroom en masse. Susan Mosser, the wife of another victim added: "Make this sentence bulletproof -- bombproof, if you will. Don't let him murder justice the way he murdered my husband. Lock him so far down that when he dies he will be closer to hell."
April 30, 1998: Who knew that Teddy K. -- the feared Unabomber -- was so lonely and unable to have a relationship with a woman that he once went to a psychiatrist to discuss a sex change operation. According to CBS News that's exactly what happened when Teddy K. was a graduate student at the University of Michigan
However, the budding psychopath was too ashamed to talk about his confused sex life, and left the meeting with the campus psychiatrist. Later he recorded his humiliation in his diary with the cryptic: "Why not really kill that psychiatrist and anyone else whom I hate... I suddenly felt that I really could break out of my rut in life and do things that were daring, irresponsible or criminal."
April 28, 1998: While the sentence has already been decided, a 30-page sentencing memorandum was prepared and released by the prosecution as an accounting of Mr. K.'s crimes. The memo, quoting extensively from unreleased writings of the reclusive mountain-man genius, paints a picture of the luddite anti-technology terrorist as a run of the mill revenge killer. "I act merely from my desire for revenge," Kaczynski wrote in April 1971. "I believe in nothing. ... I don't even believe in the cult of nature worshippers or wilderness worshippers."
April 17, 1998: Sentencing for confessed Unabomber Teddy K. was moved up to early May as both sides are -- again -- squabbling over the government's plan to detail his crimes. Teddy K.'s sentencing, originally set for May 15, is now scheduled for May 4. The sentencing date was moved up because the presentencing report was completed sooner than expected.
January 22, 1998: It's over! Teddy K. changed his plea to guilty moments before opening statements were once again set to begin. Putting an end to the trial that never happened, the now confessed anti-techno terrorist genius saved himself from death by lethal injection by pleading guilty to being the Unabomber.
As the proceeding wore on, new details emerged from his 20 years of techno-mayhem. In a journal entry discussing his first fatal attack in 1985, Ted wrote: "Excellent. A humane way of eliminating somebody. He probably didn't feel a thing." He thought the $25,000 reward offered after the the attack was "flattering," and admitted to some Unabomber attacks in which he had not been charged.
January 22, 1998: In what's turning out to be the stormiest non-trial of the century, federal officials reported that Teddy K.agreed to plead guilty in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole. The 55-year-old luddite bomber turned hermit agreed to drop conditions he had set on a previous plea offer that was rejected in December by the Justice Department. The agreement is expected to be presented in court later today.
January 21, 1998: Back in court and with his sanity a now a non-issue, Teddy K. got both prosecution and defense to agree that he had legal right to defend himself. However, Judge B. -- who thinks Ted waited too long to change his defense -- has yet to rule on the issue.
January 21, 1998: Although Dr. Sally Johnson found that Ted was paranoid schizophrenic, she concluded that he was competent to stand trial, so we're back on -- for the time being. Prosecutors announced they have resumed plea negotiations with Teddy K.'s defence team.
January 20, 1998: Defense attorneys today demanded to know whether the government had discovered "secret shacks" built by Teddy K. in remote areas of the Montana wilderness. Ted's journals refer to such shacks, stating he needed them because he hoped to have "one place at least where I can still feel sure of privacy."
January 17, 1998: After spending about 20 hours with Teddy K., prison psychiatrist Dr. Sally Johnson received a one-day extension to recommend whether the alledged unabomber-professor was competent to stand trial.
January 11, 1998: Realizing they would probably embarrass themselves by losing the case, the Justice Department secretly re-opened plea bargain talks with Teddy K.'s lawyers. The latest issue of Newsweek reported that Attorney General Janet Reno did not want to risk a circus trial with Ted acting as his own lawyer that could lead to numerous appeals. Sensing the government in retreat, Ted may want to reject the plea bargain and possibly O.J. his way out of jail.
January 9, 1998: Judge Garland Burrell Jr. scheduled a competency hearing for Teddy K. on January 22 and appointed a prison psychiatrist to examine his mental state. If Ted is deemed competent, Judge B. will call the jury for opening statements. The judge told the porcupine-eating-ex-professor that if he acts up he will put him in "a plane and I will fly him to a psychiatric institution" for two weeks observation. Defense attorney Judy Clarke assured him their anti-techno client would cooperate. Ted nodded vigurously in agreement.
January 8, 1998: In another bizarre turn of events Teddy K. threw his trial into disarray for a second time when he said through his attorneys he would rather defend himself than submit to a mental defect defense. Then, in a surprise concession, he agreed to undergo psychological testing -- which he had vehemently resisted -- to prove he is competent to stand trial and represent himself.
Sheriff deputies later disclosed that Ted apparently tried to hang himself with his undershorts in his cell. Marshals noticed he was not wearing underpants when he changed in the courthouse from his prison jumpsuit and had red marks on his neck. The techno-hating-ex-math-professor was then hooked to a heart monitor and placed in a special cell on a 24-hour suicide watch with a camera recording his every move.
January 6, 1998: U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. rejected Teddy K's bid for a new lawyer. In his quest to find someone who would not paint him as a paranoid squizophrenic, Teddy wanted to fire his court-appointed legal team, and wanted to hire Tony Serra. "Based on the fact that Mr. Serra is willing not to present a mental health defense, I would like to be represented by him," said Kaczynski. Serra -- a prominent San Francisco lawyer portrayed by James Woods in the 1989 movie "True Believers" -- proposed a defense that would allow Ted to voice his views on technology and the dehumanization of modern society.
January 4, 1998: Moments before his trial got under way Teddy K. asked for a private meeting with Judge Garland Burrell Jr. and his defense team. Though in court he said he wanted to make a "philosophical statement," in chambers he complained about his lawyers and protested his brother's presence in the courtroom. Four hours later, the jury was home and court was recessed for three days.
Still miffed at his brother's betrayal, Ted refused to acknowledge David who sat weeping next to his mother in the front row of the courtroom. According to a spokeman, Wanda K. -- his 80-year-old mother -- had not seen her older son for 15 years. With the insanity defense ruled out, Ted's conviction was being seen as inevitable, until today. Now, the whole trial in jeopardy, and the judge may find enough evidence to find the Teddy actually insane. Though Ted wants desperately to fire his attorneys, Judge Burrell might force him to get along with them rather than find new ones or allow him to defend himself.
January 3, 1998: As everything is set for opening arguments in the much-anticipated Unabomber trial, prosecutors struck again from their bully pulpit in their quest for Teddy K's head. Feeling that they do not have enough of an unfair advantage over the defense, they asked defense attorneys not to use any pictures of Teddy K. after his arrest, claiming that such pictures might lead the jury to believe in Ted's mental defect. What else, should they roll over and play dead while Reno and her thugs char our favorite ex-math professor to death? meanwhile Ted is furiously writing in jail what seems to be a new manifesto.
December 29, 1997: In a dramatic move, lawyers for Unabombing Teddy K. -- bowing to their client's wishes -- dropped plans to use a mental his mental state as the centerpiece of their defense. Though they believe their client is a paranoid schizophrenic, Teddy told them to drop the mental defect defense or he would fire them.
In related news, federal prosecutors -- not budging an inch in their sickening quest to fry out favorite luddite bomber -- turned down an offer from Ted's legal team in which he would plead guilty if he was spared the death penalty. David K., the Unabrother, said he was extremely disappointed and depressed by the prosecutor's insistence of seeking the death penalty even though they promised him not to when he ratted on his brother.
December 23, 1997: Lawyers for Teddy K. offered to withdraw his mental illness defense if they could use schizophrenia as an argument to save his life if he is convicted of being the Unabomber. The government, in their quest to fry the disgruntled ex-math professor, turned down the deal.
December 22, 1997: After five weeks of questioning, the jury that will hear the Unabomber case was chosen out of a pool of 600 candidates. Lead defense attorney Quin Denvir said he was pleased with the nine women and three men selected to decide his client's fate. The final round of jury selection was delayed after the judge, Kaczynski and his attorneys met in chambers, apparently over rifts between the defendant and his lawyers.
December 11, 1997: The first round of jury selection in Teddy K's trial ended after five weeks witha remaining pool of 85 potential jurors.. From here attorneys will have to whittle the number down to 12 jurors and six alternates before December 29 when opening statements are set to begin.
December 5, 1997: Teddy K's famous Montana cabin arrived triumphantly to Mather Field, a former Air Force base near Sacramento, where it will be stored until the defense needs it. Escorted by California Highway Patrol officers and a county sheriff's deputy, the truck was greeted by cheering throngs reporters and camera crews as it pulled into the decommissioned Air Force base shortly before noon.
December 4, 1997: With news crews in tow, the tarp-covered, 10-by-12-foot Unabomber shack has turned into some type rolling exhibition drawing cheering crowds of reporters as it crosses the nation en route to Sacramento. Meanwhile back in court Teddy K. played tic-tac-toe with his lawyer as jury candidates struggled with what they would do if they had the option of giving the Unabomber suspect the death sentence.
December 3, 1997: After a well publicized false start the truck carrying Teddy K's Montana retreat left the Malmstrom Air Force Base and headed towards California. Leaving shortly before dawn, the flatbed truck made its way through Great Falls to Interstate 15, where it turned south. As a wide-load vehicle it will only be allowed on the highway during daylight hours.
December 2, 1997: A spokesman for the Malmstrom Air Force Base that a previous report of Teddy K's cabin leaving the base was erroneous and the transfer was on hold for the time being. No explanation for the delay was made available.
December 1, 1997: Though he skipped a day of jury selection last week after throwing a tantrum, Teddy K. decided to show up to court again. However, unlike previous days, the taciturn ex-math profesor did not take notes or talk to his lawyers. The only time he showed any signs of life was a nod in agreement when a prospective juror who said police officers are more likely to be suspicious of anyone who is "different."
In a related news, the defense is making arrangements to move Ted famed Montana hideaway to Sacramento. Officials at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana said the 10-foot-by-12-foot cabin has been loaded on a flatbed truck and will be trucked to Sacramento. It was not immediately clear when the cabin would arrive.
November 26, 1997: A day after throwing a temper tantrum during a discussion of his mental health, Unabomber suspect Teddy K. decided to remain in his jail cell rather than attend jury selection.
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November 25, 1997: Not one to take his mental health lightly, Teddy K. threw a pen across the defense table as his lawyers discussed his paranoid schizophrenia. The gloomy ex-math professor then angrily passed notes to and spoke in a heated whisper with his lawyer, Judy Clarke. The only word overheard during the exchange was "psychiatrist!" Afterwards, he pouted for the rest of the court sesion. Defense lawyers say Ted's refusal of mental examination is grounded in a belief that there's nothing wrong with him, a position which they say is symptomatic of schizophrenia. Prosecutors say he is simply trying to be difficult.
November 21, 1997: U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. -- indicating he will probably allow a limited mental defect defense -- ruled that Theodore Kaczynski should be asked again to undergo neurological testing by the government. "This has a tendency to undermine the integrity of the judicial process," said Burrell, adding that Kaczynski still has a Sixth Amendment right to present his best defense.
The defense, which plans to argue that Kaczynski suffers from schizophrenia, claims those tests show mild impairment. Prosecutors had asked that any mental defect defense be barred completely because of Kaczynski's refusal to cooperate. Using the mental defect defense to attack intent may be unprecedented in federal law, says Paul Rothstein, a constitutional law expert and Georgetown University law professor. In a normal insanity defense, the defense has the burden of proof to show the client is legally not responsible for his acts. But using the defense to attack intent -- an element of the crime the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt -- shifts the burden of proof back to the prosecution.
November 20, 1997: Not one to take literary criticism lightly, Teddy K. showed flashes of anger when two prospective jurors criticized the 35,000-word, anti-technology Unabomber manifesto. One potential juror said: "I read part of the manifesto and quit reading it after a while." Ted, visibly irritated by the man's nonchalance over his ouvre, took off his glasses, crossed his arms and rocked back and angrily forth in his chair. When the other potential juror said he found the manifesto "too long," Teddy stiffened in his chair.
November 19, 1997: Court documents filed by the defense said Kaczynski has not only refused to be tested by prosecution doctors, but also ended contact with defense team psychiatrists. One psychiatrist, Dr. David Foster, said the visits ended after he began discussing symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and Ted turned to him and said, "You are the enemy."
Dr. Karen Froming, another psychiatrist working for the defense, said Kaczynski initially refused to acknowledge her presence and later said he expected her testing to show he was mentally healthy. She said she finally told him the results showed abnormalities. "He informed me in writing the very next day that he would no longer need my professional services," she said. After testing him twice she concluded that Ted was in deep denial over his psychological shortcoming: "Mr. Kaczynski's superior intellect should not be confused with sound mental health."
November 18, 1997: In journal entries submitted by the government Teddy wrote: "I intend to start killing people'' and compared himself to a tower sniper Charles Whitman. Wanting to set the record straight, he wrote: "If I am successful at this, it is possible that, when I am caught (not alive, I fervently hope!) there will be some speculation in the news media as to my motives for killing people (as in the case of Charles Whitman, who killed some 13 people in Texas in the '60s).
"If such speculation occurs, they are bound to make me out to be a sickie, and to ascribe to me motives of a sordid or 'sick' type." To prevent any speculation, Ted wrote, "an account of my own personality and its development that will be as accurate as possible. If I succeed in killing enough people, the news media may have something to say about me when I am killed or caught. I would point out that many tame, conformist types seem to have a powerful need to depict the enemy of society as sordid, repulsive or 'sick.'"
November 15, 1997: Contradicting previous claims that Teddy K. is terrified of psychiatrists, prosecutors provided letters showing that Ted sought mental help several times between 1988 and 1993. In the letters, Ted suggested that he and the therapist conduct his sessions by mail, saying that he cannot afford to travel from his remote Montana cabin to the sessions. "Actually, I'd even PREFER to handle it this way because, in writing, I can express what I have to say much more precisely, clearly, and completely than I can in speaking," he wrote in a July 1988 letter to Mental Health Services Inc. in Helena.
November 13, 1997:On the first day of jury selection lawyers started sorting through the unusually large pool of 600 prospective jurors. They managed to interview 11 people over a seven-hour period and excusing four for hardship or other causes. Defense attorneys zeroed in on the death penalty as their top concern selecting the jury. Having undergone a complete makeover from his wide-eyed mountain looks, Ted appeared in court sporting a tweed jacket with his hair and beard neatly cropped, looking every bit the professor he once was.
November 12, 1997: Get ready for the battle of the minds. That is, the Teddy K's two coexisting minds. On one hand you have the brilliant college professor suffering from a "mental defect," and one the other the lethal techno-hating bomb-making freak at war with the rest of the world. Although the mountain of evidence found in his Montana cabin has prosecutors salivating, lawyers for the mountain-man hermit claim the same stack of evidence will prove his innocence.
November 11, 1997: With questioning of potential jurors due to begin this week, prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Unabomber case are sparring over who should take part in the questioning. Attorneys for the defense filed a motion arguing that lawyers, not the judge, should handle the questioning because jury prospects would be unlikely to bare any hidden biases unless prodded by skilled attorneys. Prosecutors said the judge should participate in the questioning of potential jurors, along with the attorneys.
November 9, 1997: As the November 12 trial date nears, defense lawyers hope to transport the cabin -- found crammed full of incriminating evidence, including letters, a diary and an unexploded bomb -- to Sacramento and plan to build their defense around it. They consider Ted's spartan 10-by-12 feet cabin, were he lived for 25 years, as a reflection of his whacked out mind.
Attorneys believe a tour of the shack will be like walking inside Ted's twisted brain. "You really cannot understand this guy's life unless you can get in that cabin," said defense attorney Quin Denvir. "This is not an idyllic, rustic cabin with a refrigerator and a wet bar." To lessen the impact of the exhibit government lawyers want to substitute it with a scale model of the structure.
November 7, 1997: Unabrother David K. said he feels "fear and sorrow" at the prosecution's insistence on seeking the death penalty for his bombing-suspect brother. According to Dave the alleged terrorist acts by Ted were the result of "illness rather than evil." Unfortunately for the K. clan a federal judge ruled that the jury can consider the death penalty if they find Ted guilty.
October 31, 1997: Prosecutors said they will try to bar Ted Kaczynski's lawyers from pleading insanity because the suspected mountain-man-bomber won't submit to the government's psychological tests. With the trial due to start in less than two weeks, defense lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. As part of their defense they plan to call expert witnesses to say that Kaczynski suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. On a happier note the Unabomber mask proved to be a crowd favorite in Halloween festivities nationwide.
October 25, 1997: Although in violation of a judge's order, Unabomber suspect Teddy K. said he will refuse to submit to the psychiatric testing to be conducted by government doctors. Kaczynski, 55, was scheduled to begin seven days of court-ordered mental exams, but his defense team said in a conference call with U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. that their client refused to cooperate.
October 22, 1997: Siding with prosecutors, a federal appeals court ruled to allow government psychiatrist to examine the mental state of Teddy K. Lawyers for the alleged paranoid schizophrenic tried unsuccessfully to block the prosecution's proposed psychiatric testing. Now that the court paved the way for the examination, psychiatric tests on the Unabomber suspect will begin within three days.
October 17, 1997: U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled the government's psychiatric testing of Ted can begin October 25, but reserved judgment on the number of doctors, the length of the exam and whether it will be videotaped. Prosecutors say they need the exams to prepare their case against a possible mental defect defense and want two use doctors and lengthy testing. The defense says only one psychiatrist is necessary and the testing should be limited. Burrell indicated he was inclined to reject the government's request that the testing be videotaped.
October 15, 1997: For the first time in the case against Teddy K. defense attorneys told prosecutors that their montain-man client suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Prosecutors hope to run their own tests on the ex-math professor to determine his alleged mental condition.
October 6, 1997: About 600 people were summoned to the state fairgrounds in Sacramento to complete preliminary surveys drafted by prosecutors and defense lawyers in an initial step for picking a jury for the Unabomber trial.
September 22 1997: News organizations asked the judge in the Unabomber case to lift his order that the names of jurors be kept secret. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled earlier this month that the names of jurors would not be made public because of the extensive publicity the case has received. Charity Kenyon, an attorney for several broadcast and print organizations said the order was "unprecedented," and it would "unconstitutionally infringe on the public's historic and First Amendment rights of access to this trial."
September 19, 1997: In what amounts to a seriously bad day for the defense, a judge rejected their efforts to suppress evidence taken from Ted's mountain retreat and ruled the government can do its own mental examination of the Unasuspect. The judge also ruled that the prosecution can use a computer system to display evidence at trial, which the defense thought would reflect badly on the Unasuspect's anti-technology ideology.
September 19, 1997: Unabrother David K. received the Courage of Conviction award from Equinox, a social service agency that runs a youth shelter, for his work with troubled teens. The regretful type, Dave said his "fondest hope" was that Ted would someday forgive him. "Part of what was most hurtful to me about that is it prevented me from telling my brother in my own way, in my own time, that I had turned him in and why. No matter how many people say, 'You know, you did the right thing,' it doesn't make me feel any better... My fondest hope would be that someday, somehow, Ted would find a way to forgive me."
September 15, 1997: Attorneys for mountain-man Ted -- who are apparently preparing an insanity plea -- asked for all mental examination records and/or psychological profiles made by prosecutors on the Unabomber suspect. Surprisingly the prosecution said they did not conduct any mental examinations of the 55-year-old mathematics genius. Defense lawyer Judy Clarke responded saying that FBI agents may have been guilty of misconduct by misleading David Kaczynski into turning his brother in under the pretense of getting him mental health treatment.
September 10, 1997: Defense lawyers for the alleged anti-technology terrorist protested a computerized system -- proposed by the prosecutors -- that would transfer the numerous documents and photographs in the case onto CD-ROMs. The lawyers argued the use of the computer system could lead to a televised show-and-tell that would inflame the jury against the accused and would inject a "Simpson-esque" atmosphere into the trial.
September 3, 1997: Sacramento prosecutors filed a requested to do their own psychiatric examination of Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski, saying it's only fair if the defense argues he was mentally impaired at the time of the bombings. Prosecutors hope to determine what type of mental impairment the defense plans to use so they can prepare their case. Lawyers for the defense rejected the request calling it a violation of Ted's Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
July14, 1997: In an attempt to limit the prosecutor's evidence a new motion was filed by Teddy K's defense lawyers claiming that the search warrant issued for his Montana hideaway was too broad and therefore rendered all gathered evidence inadmissable.
June 13, 1997: Lawyers in the Unabomber case say they're trying to avoid getting a tainted jury and asked a judge to not allow the media see certain pieces of evidence -- such as portions of suspect Theodore Kaczynski's journal -- because it could hurt jury selection. Always willing to cooperate, TV stations throughout the country showed pictures of bomb parts and other evidence found in the mountain-man's cabin and newspapers quoted ample passages from Ted's diaries.
June 11, 1997: Prosecutors claim Teddy K. used his remote cabin as a bomb-making laboratory. Allegedly the mountain-man-hermit-genius described his bombing raids in chilling detail in a diary siezed by authorities in his Montana cabin.
June 11, 1997: Diogenes Angelakos, a pioneer in the field of microwaves, antennas and electromagnetic waves and one of the Unabomber's first victims, died of prostate cancer at the age of 77. Angelakos was director of the Electronics Research Laboratory at UC-Berkeley on July 2, 1982, when he grabbed the handle of a booby-trapped package in a coffee room. The pipe bomb exploded, mangling his right hand. He escaped more serious injury when a gasoline can attached to the bomb failed to explode. After extensive surgery, Diogenes eventually learned to write again.
May 16, 1997: Attorney General Janet Reno authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Unabomber suspect Teddy K. The suspect's family, who was instrumental in his arrest, was "devastated" by the news and regretted having helped the government with their investigation.
However, family members of several of the victims praised the decision. Here at the Archives we believe the government's reversal will eventually backfire in this and other cases where they might need the cooperation of family members to enforce the law. "The family now are the ultimate hostile witnesses," said Laurie Levenson, associate dean of the Loyola University School of Law.
May 14, 1997: Prosecutors recommended that the government seek the death penalty for Teddy K. despite previous assurances to the suspect's family to the contrary. Federal agents acknowledged that the allegedly lethal mathematician would have not been arrested without the help of his family and unofficially expressed to the suspect's brother, David K., their unwillingness to pursue the death penalty.
May 5, 1997: Prosecutors in Sacramento were ordered to turn over an array of documents to Ted's defense team, including DNA test results and handwriting analyses. Federal Magistrate Gregory Hollows also cautioned prosecutors against destroying any documents, noting that an FBI analysis of Kaczynski's writings included the notation "destroy when no longer needed."
December 13, 1996: U.S. District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise rejected a bid by Unabomber suspect Teddy K. to have charges he killed a New Jersey advertising executive with a mail bomb transferred to California, where he is charged with two other bombing deaths.
December 10, 1996: Live from Sacramento vias video hookup, Teddy K. pleaded innocent in a New Jersey courthouse to killing Thomas Mosser -- an advertising executive -- with a mail bomb. The arraignment came on the second anniversary of Mosser's death, the only attack for which the Unabomber claimed responsibility. In a letter published in The New York Times on April 26, 1995, the Unabomber wrote that "we blew up Thomas Mosser" because he was an executive with Burson-Marsteller, a company that helped Exxon clean up its public image after the Exxon Valdez incident. Curiously, Burson-Marsteller has denied working on the spill for Exxon.
June 28, 1996: Three more bombing indictments in Utah, Michigan and Tennessee where filed against mountain-man Teddy K. The new charges include a blast in Utah that left one man seriously injured, and from which the FBI produced its only sketch of the mysterious serial terrorist.
June 25, 1996: Unshackled and wearing a green shirt, tan trousers and tennis shoes, the prim and proper Teddy K. entered a plea of not guilty to four Unabomber attacks in a 120-second courtroom appearance in Sacramento. With a small bandage on the right side of his face, Teddy, the silent type, nodded in agreement and let his lawyer do all the talking.
June 23 1996: Under tight security and wearing a bullet-proof vest, the reclusive genius Teddy K. landed in Sacramento for an arraignment on federal Unabomber charges set for June 25.
June 21, 1996: A groomed and chatty Theodore Kaczynski, wearing khaki pants and a sports coat, faced U.S. District Judge Charles Lowell who ordered him to be moved to Sacramento where he has been charged with four separate bombing attacks. Judge Lowell dismissed the single Montana explosives count against the ex-professor to ease his transfer to California.
June 18, 1996: Sacramento authorities charged the reclusive genius with four Unabombing attacks that resulted in the deaths of two Sacramento businessmen and the maiming of two university professors. The 21-member grand jury hand-delivered the 10-count indictment to U.S. Magistrate John Moulds who issued a warrant for the ex-professor. The next step, according to federal attornies, is a removal hearing in Montana after which agents have 10 days to move Kaczynski to Sacramento.
May 16, 1996: FBI agents have boxed up and shipped the reclusive genius' Montana cabin to the Malmstrom Air Force Base for safekeeping.
May 15, 1996: Associated Press reported that Kaczynski was being investigated by the San Francisco Police Department for any links to the Zodiac serial slayings in the late 1960s. Perhaps he is also the other gunman in the Kennedy assassination. There is no end to what authorities want to pin on this lonesome ex-math professor.
April 3, 1996: Theodore Kaczynski, Harvard grad and former UC Berkeley math professor authorities believe to be the Unabomber, was arrested in a 10-by-12-foot cabin in the Montana wilderness after a three-week stakeout. The Feds claim to have conclusive evidence proving that he is the elusive killer. The question is, can we really believe the Feds and their so-called "evidence?"
November 6, 1995: The Unabomber is no longer thought to fit the FBI's terrorist profile. Now he is considered a serial killer.