DENVER (AP) — The man known as the “Unabomber” has been transferred to a federal prison medical facility in North Carolina after spending the past two decades in a federal Supermax prison in Colorado for a series of bombings targeting scientists.
Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, 79, was moved to the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s FMC Butner medical center in eastern North Carolina on Dec. 14, according to bureau spokesperson Donald Murphy. Murphy declined to disclose any details of Kaczynski’s medical condition or the reason for his transfer.
Kaczynski will be serving life without the possibility of parole Following his 1996 arrest in Montana at the primitive cabin where they were living, he pleaded guilty to setting off 16 explosions. He was convicted of setting 16 explosives which killed 3 people and injures 23 more. The explosions occurred between 1978 and 1995.
The Federal Medical Center Butner, in North Carolina’s Granville County just northeast of Durham, offers medical services for prisoners including oncology, surgery, neurodiagnostics and dialysis, according to the Bureau of Prisons. In 2010, it opened an advanced-care unit and a hospice.
According to the prison bureau Butner holds 771 inmates. This facility has housed notable offenders, including John Hinckley Jr.After shooting President Ronald Reagan, he was then evaluated at the hospital. Bernard MadoffThe notorious architect of the massive Ponzi scheme, who was killed at the North Carolina facility in January.
This November, Oklahoma’s former zookeeper was renamed “Tiger King” Joe ExoticHis attorney stated that he was moved to the facility following a diagnosis of cancer. Joe Exotic was actually Joseph Maldonado Passage. He had been charged with trying to hire someone else to kill an activist for animal rights and also for violating federal laws regarding wildlife.
The deadly homemade bombs that the vengeful Kaczynski sent by mail — including an altitude-triggered explosion that went off as planned on an American Airlines flight — changed the way Americans sent packages and boarded airplanes.
An unfounded threat in 1995 to destroy a Los Angeles-based plane before the weekend of July 4th caused chaos for mail delivery and air travel. It was the The Unabomber later claimed it was a “prank.”
The Harvard-trained mathematician had railed against the effects of advanced technology and led authorities on the nation’s longest and costliest manhunt. The FBIHe was nicknamed the Unabomber, as his initial targets were universities and airlines.
In September 1995, The Washington Post in conjunction with The New York Times published his anti-technology manifesto, “Industrial Society and Its Future.” The manifesto was printed at the urging of federal authorities, after the bomber said he would desist from terrorism if a national publication published his treatise.
The treatise led his brother David and David’s wife, Linda Patrik, to recognize his writing and turn him in to the FBI.
Authorities in April 1996 found Kaczynski outside Lincoln, Montana, in a 10-by-14-foot (3-by-4-meter) plywood and tarpaper cabin where he’d been living since the 1970s. The cabin contained journals, an explosive ingredient coded journal, and two bomb-making plans.
Kaczynski was averse to the notion of being considered mentally ill. He tried firing his lawyers during his trial when they were trying to present an insanity defense. Instead of allowing his lawyers to proceed, he eventually plead guilty.
In his personal journals released at trial by the government at the request of the victims’ families, Kaczynski described his motive as “simply personal revenge.”
“I often had fantasies of killing the kind of people I hated – i.e., government officials, police, computer scientists, the rowdy type of college students who left their beer cans in the arboretum, etc., etc., etc.,″ he wrote.
Kaczynski also killed Hugh Scrutton (computer rental shop owner), Thomas Mosser (advertising executive) and Gilbert Murray (timber industry lobbyist). In June 1993, bombs struck two days apart and killed Charles Epstein, a California geneticist, and David Gelernter from Yale University.