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Unabomber

Unabomber or Unabomer both: yo͞o´nəbŏm˝ər [key], name given by the FBI to the elusive perpetrator of a series of bombings (1975–95) in the United States that killed 3 and wounded 23. The targets were mainly academics in technological disciplines, airline executives, and executives in businesses thought to affect the environment. Fifteen bombs—most mailed, some hand-placed—exploded, and one was defused. In 1995 the Washington Post and New York Times published the Unabomber's long, rambling manifesto after he pledged in return to end the bombings. A year later the FBI, acting on information from his brother David, arrested Theodore J. Kaczynski (1942–), a reclusive former mathematics professor, at his isolated cabin in Montana. In Jan., 1998, Kaczynski pled guilty to federal charges related to the bombings later that year he received four life sentences plus 30 years in prison.

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