Many people who have lived in the nearly two decades following the first Unabomber attack in 1978 will tell you about the growing fear that hit America at its core at the time. On May 25, 1978, Buckley Crist, Professor of Materials Science at Northwestern University, received an odd package in the mail.
As soon as he opened it, he was permanently injured by the explosive contents. He had received a letter bomb from someone who tried to kill him. But why and by whom? The subsequent investigation attempted to answer these questions.
While the FBI was trying to catch this criminal, they called him the “Unabomber”. Eventually they discovered the Unabomber, who lived in a small hut where he made his bombs, and wrote various diary entries describing his work. His name was Theodore Kaczynski.
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10 He was an adamant anti-industrialist
In September 1995 a mysterious letter was sent to The Washington Post. It contained a 35,000 word manifest describing Kaczynski’s grievances with society and theorizing that the industrial revolution was the main culprit for all. He characterized our fast-paced culture as a kind of increasingly automated lifestyle in which we face far fewer challenges than previous generations.
For Kaczynski, this is a dystopian system in which we become increasingly lazy and lose the ability to truly experience life in its purest form. Tasks that would have been a nightmare 50 years ago are now simplified by technology. As such, we are less able to handle cases where the solution lies in real effort on our part.
He theorized that this leads to complete dissatisfaction with life and the inability to really have experience. Since our brains are neurologically geared to picking berries from trees and surviving predators, it’s hard to say that this isn’t a well-thought-out argument. Criticisms of the manifesto include the impossibility of defining the threshold at which we should recall our technological advances and the idea that comfort outweighs the source of happiness for many.
9 The Unabomber was captured by his own brother
David Kaczynski was Ted’s younger brother. As the two grew up together, David looked up to his older brother and saw him as an inspiration. Eventually, Ted graduated from high school early and attended Harvard in 1958 at the age of 16.
For a while, the brothers had less contact, although they reunited after Ted finished college. However, Ted had begun to display very different, antisocial behavior. Due to a conflict with a colleague, David even had to fire Ted in 1978. Soon after, Ted largely stepped out of his family’s life.
Nonetheless, at some point Ted sent David a 23-page essay describing Ted’s desire to withdraw from industrial society. This became an important piece of evidence after the manifesto was published, as the views expressed in both works had almost identical ideas in a similar style.
In an interview on Investigation Discovery, David recalled the pain he went through knowing he had to turn his brother over to the authorities.
8th The Unabomber was a social outcast in his school days
Since he had skipped grades all through school, Ted was quite clumsy with his classmates. He was in an unfamiliar area with no peers. Instead, he was constantly bullied by his much older classmates.
However, he felt comfortable around a group of students, his outcasts, who were stereotypical “nerds”. This group of friends were really intrigued by studying and some of them had weird hobbies. Surprisingly, Ted was a little strange even around her.
7th The Unabomber was forced to conduct psychological experiments
A year after the teenager Ted Harvard entered, he was enlisted to take part in a torturous three-year psychological experiment that he later described as the worst experience of his life. The study was conducted by Henry Murray, who wanted to analyze the effects of stress on the human psyche.
Participants were told to write about their worldviews and personal philosophies. But it was a setup to scold the students and examine their reactions to research into Cold War interrogation tactics. Many say this played a huge role in making the young genius the Unabomber, but this remains a topic of debate.
6th The Unabomber still struggled to socialize in his later years
As we discussed earlier, Ted Kaczynski struggled with social interactions during his teenage years. Possibly as a result of the psychological experiments, however, his social life only got worse with increasing age.
He once tried to meet a manager who turned him down. He responded with offensive limericks and was subsequently fired by his own brother.
Even his way of life until his arrest was characterized by intense isolation from the rest of society. His cabin was barely big enough to hold him. Occasionally, his neighbors would see him ride his old bike into town to get supplies or visit the library. They later described him as all alone.
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5 The Unabomber was a talented math prodigy and even taught math in college
During his studies, Kaczynski delighted teachers and students alike with his incredible math skills. A former teacher describes him as “a very serious student”. Even in his dissertation, Kaczynski went into an enormous level of detail that went far beyond what was necessary.
After college, Kaczynski taught math at the University of California at Berkeley. However, he turned down his position as a math professor and quit his job. After that, he began to get angry with modern society and, over time, descended into the Unabomber we know today.
4th The Unabomber has a crazy high IQ of 167
Of course, math talent can be expected from someone whose IQ surpasses Einstein’s. That’s right, Kaczynski has an IQ that is in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of people. That’s the best 0.01 percent – we did the math.
That makes him one of the brightest serial killers in history. In one study, he was ranked the second smartest – just behind Nathan Leopold, who, despite his horribly executed criminal plot, had an IQ of 210.
As you would expect, this high IQ is a massive abnormality among most criminals. Regardless of what the films depict, most criminals are actually not that intelligent.
3 The Unabomber is still interacting with the public from prison
This is a scary thought at first, but don’t worry. It’s not as bad as you think When convicted of his crimes, Kaczynski was allowed to have pen pals in ADX Florence, a maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado.
He makes good use of this privilege by contacting thousands of outside people. Kaczynski even has an occasional interview with the media.
This is an ironic behavior change for someone who has been isolated from human contact for years. However, it is no different from a person who wants to stand up for his ideas.
Many debate whether Kaczynski is entitled to this privilege. The opposition cites the potential for dangerous political advocacy, while its proponents claim that free speech is especially important for those who want to spread ideas – even people like Kaczynski.
2 The Unabomber’s ideas are growing in popularity
How successful is Ted Kaczynski’s attempt to get his message across? If you’ve read the entry title, you will know the answer. The Unabomber’s ideas became popular back in the early 2010s when John Jacobi read this Unabomber Manifesto and later became involved with a group of eco-anarchists.
More recently, the distant serial killer has regained the spotlight with the development of internet humor. Unusual niche beliefs, especially from those involved in politics, have joined the topics that are often joked about online.
One of these ideologies is “anarcho-primitivism,” which advocates a pre-industrial society and is commonly associated with the Unabomber. As this new genre of internet memes becomes popular, people will be introduced to anarcho-primitivism as well as Kaczynski’s works.
The strangest thing about this phenomenon is that it is totally unintentional by Kaczynski. If you want to confirm the surge in popularity for yourself, just search for “anarcho-primitivism” on Google Trends!
1 Some of the Unabomber’s theories have been proven to be true
While Kaczynski’s actions were obviously inexcusable, some of the points raised in his manifesto are not easy to dispute. Its general philosophy is still the subject of debate, but it has been proven that people tend to become addicted to technology.
One example is the iPhone X from 2017. In addition to its numerous functions, it also has the ability to recognize faces. Face ID creates a detailed 3D map of your face that you can use to unlock your phone or make payments when it recognizes you. Many argue that this is Orwellian in nature.
As a result, many are concerned about the growth of technology and how it is stealthily invading our lives at the expense of our privacy. This was a big issue in the Unabomber Manifesto.
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