Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, infamously known as the “Unabomber” due to his series of bombings targeting scientists, was found dead in his prison cell on Saturday morning, CBS News reported, citing a spokesperson for the federal Bureau of Prisons.
According to the report, the U.S. Department of Justice stated that Kaczynski was found unresponsive shortly after midnight, and despite immediate life-saving efforts by the staff, he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The bureau spokesperson confirmed his death at around 8 a.m.
The cause of his demise remains unknown.
At the time of his passing, Kaczynski was confined in the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s FMC Butner medical center in eastern North Carolina, having been transferred there in December 2021. Prior to his transfer, he served a life sentence at ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison located in Colorado.
As reported by CBS, Kaczynski instilled terror across the nation through a series of mail bombings spanning from 1978 to 1995. He sent homemade bombs to various individuals, resulting in the cumulative deaths of three people and injuries to 24 others. His targets encompassed anyone involved in technological advancements, a campaign that earned him notoriety.
After an almost two-decade manhunt, Kaczynski was apprehended on April 3, 1996. He was discovered living in a 10-by-14 foot plywood and tarpaper cabin in the remote wilderness of Montana, where he had resided since the 1970s.
It was his brother David Kaczynski and his wife Linda Patrik who alerted the FBI, recognizing Ted’s handwriting in an anti-technology manifesto titled “Industrial Society and Its Future,” which was published in national newspapers.
Kaczynski pleaded guilty to several charges, including the transportation and mailing of explosive devices with the intent to kill or injure, as well as the use of destructive devices in connection with violent crimes.