The notorious Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, reportedly committed suicide in federal prison, according to a new report.
According to The New York Times, Kaczynski died early Saturday at a federal prison medical center in North Carolina, where he had been incarcerated for the past 17 years. The Times cited “three people familiar with the situation” as its sources for the suicide verdict.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported that at 12:23 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to Kaczynski’s cell. The 81-year-old was unsuccessfully revived at the prison and in an ambulance.
ABC News also reported that suicide was suspected in Kaczynski’s demise.
The Times reported that the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducts autopsies on detainees who die at the Butner, North Carolina, prison. It did not specify when Kaczynski’s autopsy might be performed.
In its coverage of Kaczynski’s death, The New York Times noted that “the self-inflicted death of another high-profile inmate, four years after the accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself at a Manhattan federal detention center, is certain to raise fresh questions about the quality of security, oversight and health care in the troubled, chronically understaffed federal prison system.”
After spending 25 years in the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, Kaczynski arrived in the North Carolina penitentiary in 2021.
In 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post published a manifesto written by the Unabomber, ABC reported.
Linda Patrik, Kaczynski’s sister-in-law, told ABC in a 2016 interview that she believed parts of the manifesto sounded familiar, but she did not take action.
“I’d thought about the families that were bombed,” she told the program “20/20 on ID Presents: Homicide.”
“There was one in which the package arrived to the man’s home and his little 2-year-old daughter was there. She was almost in the room when he opened the package. Luckily she left, and his wife left. And then he died. And there were others. And so I spent those days thinking about those people,” she said.
She stated that she informed her spouse and the bomber’s brother, David Kaczynski. They eventually relayed their views to the FBI.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“When she said, ‘Well, I think maybe your brother’s the Unabomber,’ I thought, ‘Well, this is not anything to worry about. Ted’s never been violent. I’ve never seen him violent.’ I couldn’t imagine that he would do what the Unabomber had done,” David Kaczynski said in 2016. CONTINUE READING…