Search of Kaczynski Cabin Yields Some Victims' Names: Investigators Find References in Handwritten Notes

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Search of Kaczynski Cabin Yields Some Victims' Names: Investigators Find References in Handwritten Notes


Seper, Jerry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


A tedious search of Theodore John Kaczynski's Montana cabin has yielded what federal authorities believe is a mountain of evidence that the former university professor is the elusive Unabomber, including the names of some of the bomber's victims.

The search is key to the government's case against Mr. Kaczynski, the chief suspect in the Unabom investigation. He has not been charged as the man responsible for killing three persons and injuring 23 others in 16 explosions between 1978 and 1995 from California to Connecticut.

FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, fearful of booby traps, have used X-ray equipment to take a painstaking inventory of the cabin. The search is expected to last several more days.

The discoveries so far have included the names of some of the bomb victims in various writings; bomb components similar to those used by the Unabomber; tools that are being compared with wood, wire and metal scraps taken from bomb sites; 10 three-ring binders full of bomb sketches and notes; and two manual typewriters, one of which appears to match one used by the Unabomber for a 35,000-word manifesto published last year in The Washington Post.

The names are mentioned in handwritten notes found by agents at the scene, authorities said, but they are not specifically mentioned as targets. Federal agents declined yesterday to elaborate.

Mr. Kaczynski, 53, a Harvard graduate and former mathematics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, is being held without bail at the Lewis and Clark County Jail in Helena, Mont., charged only with illegally possessing a destructive device.

The suspect, who has lived a solitary life in the Montana mountains for more than 20 years, was arrested last week after federal agents found four unassembled pipe bombs in his primitive cabin, along with other materials believed to be bomb components.

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova described what has been found as a "treasure trove of corroborating evidence."

"A slow and meticulous search is vital," Mr. …

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