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Agent: Unabomber Used O’Neill Stamp When He Wanted to Kill

August 3, 1996

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ The Unabomber apparently chose his postage carefully, using Frederick Douglass stamps when he wanted to injure his targets, and stamps of Eugene O’Neill when he intended to kill, according to an analysis by a former federal agent.

O’Neill’s plays were known for their dark themes. One play, ``Dynamo,″ was highly critical of America’s growing reliance on machinery and industrialization, a theme echoed in the Unabomber’s manifesto.

``Whenever he meant to kill someone, that was the stamp he used,″ said Richard Sacchetti, a former agent with the Federal Protective Services who was asked by the FBI to analyze the stamps last year.

Sacchetti told The Day newspaper in a story published Friday that the Unabomber apparently preferred stamps of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and early feminist Lucy Stone for packages meant to injure.

``He was a well-read guy, a genius,″ Sacchetti said. ``He would not have developed a pattern like this by accident. He placed a lot of symbolic value on the stamps.″

George Grotz, a spokesman for the FBI office in San Francisco, said the significance of the stamps likely will be brought out during the trial of accused bomber Theodore Kaczynski.

The O’Neill stamps were found in the remains of five bombs, including the device used in the first Unabom attack at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1978, Sacchetti said.

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