Indictment Charges Kaczynski With Four Unabomber Attacks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Theodore Kaczynski, the math professor turned Montana hermit, was indicted today in four of the Unabomber attacks including two that killed men in Sacramento a decade apart.
The indictment from the 21-member federal grand jury was hand-carried to U.S. Magistrate John Moulds, who issued a warrant for Kaczynski.
Kaczynski, 54, was arrested April 3 at his crude, one-room cabin in rural Montana and later charged with possessing bomb-making materials. He’s been jailed since then.
The Unabomber is blamed for three deaths _ two of them in Sacramento _ and 23 injuries in an 18-year terror campaign that, at its height, briefly shut down air traffic and mail service on the West Coast.
Federal agents made no bones about their suspicions that Kaczynski, a Harvard-trained mathematician who once taught at the University of California at Berkeley, was behind the explosions. But until today, he had not been charged with any Unabomber crimes, only with possession of bomb-making materials.
The bomber struck universities, scientists, airlines and a timber industry lobbyists he blamed for drowning the world in technology and destroying the environment.
The 10-count indictment accuses Kaczynski of four of the 16 bombings: the two fatal bombings in Sacramento, and two other bombings in which the package was allegedly mailed in Sacramento.
Those killed were Hugh Scrutton, 38, killed Dec. 11, 1985, by bomb found near his Sacramento computer rental store; advertising executive Thomas Mosser, 50, killed Dec. 10, 1994, by bomb sent to his North Caldwell, N.J., home; and California Forestry Association President Gilbert P. Murray, 47, killed April 24, 1995, opening a mail bomb in the group’s Sacramento headquarters.
The investigation into Mosser’s death was continuing, the news release said.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento said the next step for Kaczynski is a removal hearing to be held in Montana. Agents would then have 10 days to move him to Sacramento.
At the Sacramento County Jail, Kaczynski would be held apart from the general prison population, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sharon Telles said.
``He’ll have more amenities here than he did in his cabin,″ she said.
Federal agents were directed to Kaczynski as a suspect by his brother. David Kaczynski contacted authorities in February, alerting them to his suspicions based on similarities he noticed between his brother’s writings and published Unabomber documents.
According to an FBI affidavit released last week, DNA tests of saliva found on two letters _ one sent by the Unabomber and one by Kaczynski to his family _ showed a genetic link.
The search of his cabin uncovered the original copy of the Unabomber’s 35,000-word, anti-technology manifesto, a typewriter used for the manifesto, bombs and bomb parts, detonators and even the 9-digit identification number used by the bomber, sources have said.
Besides the fatalities, the two other attacks charged in the indictment were a June 22, 1993, explosion that injured the hand of Dr. Charles Epstein, a University of California at San Francisco geneticist, and a June 24, 1994, mail bomb that badly injured computer expert David Gelernter in his Yale University office.
The indictment says Kaczynski traveled by bus from Montana to Sacramento to mail the Epstein and Gelernter packages.
Investigators say Kaczynski stayed at a cheap motel across from the downtown bus station and ate at a fast-food restaurant around the corner. Local shop owners claim now they recognize Kaczynski and recall his behavior _ how he looked, how he smelled, how he would pore for hours over science or math texts.
A year ago this month, the Unabomber threatened in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle to blow up a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The next day, an authenticated letter sent to The New York Times said the threat was merely a prank.
That scare prompted a ban on aerial shipping of mail originating in California weighing 12 ounces or more.
Then, in September, The New York Times and The Washington Post published in the Post the Unabomber’s treatise on the inhumanity of industrial society. He had promised to stop planting bombs that kill people. There have been no such incidents since then.