Ted Kaczynski, Ritual Murder and the Invocation of Catastrophe

Copyright ©1999 by Michael A. Hoffman II. All Rights Reserved

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Ted Kaczynski is yet another "lone nut" who pleaded guilty to spectacular crimes without a trial and had his case closed on the day the investigation should have begun in earnest.

On the day of his arraignment the Boston Globe newspaper published a nationally syndicated story conditioning the public to view the suspect as a "paranoid ... loser" who had no accomplices and was undoubtedly guilty as charged. A similar profile was exhibited in the cases of James Earl Ray, "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz and many other patsies.

Like John Gotti, Kaczynski was denied his choice of attorney. As in Waco and Oklahoma City, a key building, in this case Kaczynski's cabin, was tampered with to such an extent as to make independent investigation of it impossible.

Like Timothy McVeigh, Kaczynski's statement at his sentencing--when the world's media spotlight was fixed upon him--was laconic and had little impact upon the public. In Kaczynski's case this was striking, since according to the FBIs 'Unabom' scenario, the "University and Airline bomber" was a publicity-obsessed serial killer. Yet with the world's media at his feet and a chance to hold forth for an hour or more on his motivation and authentic ideological views, Kaczynski merely announced that his opinions had been distorted and that he would reply and set the record straight later.

But Kaczynski will never again have the kind of opportunity for world attention that he had on May 4, 1998 in Sacramento.

Of course, the FBI mouthpiece-media has not noticed this or numerous other anomalies in the Kaczynski case. From the beginning of the mathematician's capture, they have reported the 'Unabom' matter from the perspective of the FBI and confirmed all of the government's official explanations and accounts.

Not even the local media in Helena and Great Falls, Montana launched any investigation independent of the Federal government.

From the outset this case has been rubber-stamped in news rooms with the logo of the FBI.


Why was the FBI allowed to "search" Kaczynski's cabin for weeks, without local witnesses present? The opportunities for evidence-planting and tampering were myriad.

Sheriff Chuck O'Reilly protested to the local press that the FBI did not inform him of their search; that they executed a warrant without his knowledge or consent and apprehended Kaczynski without informing him first. [1]

No one except Federal officials had access to Kaczynski's cabin while a supposed "mountain of evidence" was extracted from the tiny building. From a structure of less than two hundred square feet, the Associated Press, repeating FBI pronouncements, said "truckloads of evidence" were extracted. "The evidence is all being shipped back to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia." [2]

This is the same FBI lab where the bureau's preeminent forensic chemist and Supervisory Special Agent, Dr. Frederic W. Whitehurst, has said evidence was "fabricated" and otherwise "tainted" in a process he labeled "perjury." [3]

In Kaczynski's case we have "evidence" obtained in hermetic isolation, with only Federal agents allowed to observe its collection. It is upon their word alone that claims of finding bombs, bomb parts, three typewriters, a chemical lab, numerous tools and the "original copy" of the "Unabom" manifesto, rest. There was never independent corroboration of these claims.

How it it that just two days after Kaczynski's capture, the FBI was in a position to declare that one of the supposed typewriters discovered in Kaczynski's shack "appeared" to be the one used to prepare the "Unabom Manifesto"?

That the FBI managed to so rapidly undertake, on site, a sophisticated process of determining the typewriter's unique mechanical signature, something which is a complex scientific process, is a marvel that has yet to be explained.

Kaczynski's neighbor Gene Youderian reported that there was nothing remarkable about the interior of Kaczynski's cabin when he visited it. "There were no fancy .. tools visible..." [4]

The items said by the FBI to have been in the cabin, some of them in plain view or virtually on display, were in addition to a wood stove, platform bed, table, chair, clothing and 239 books.

All material supposed to be Kaczynski's was shipped to the FBI laboratory again without any outside confirmation by local civilian witnesses or the county sheriff, concerning the nature of the shipments or their disposition.

In order to ensure that local people and independent investigators would not observe the discrepancy between the absurdly enormous amount of materials claimed to have been in the cabin and its diminutive, 10 feet by 12 feet size, (or 10 feet by 14 feet; accounts vary), U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell ordered Federal agents to continue to prevent access to the cabin until it could be transported from Kaczynski's land.

In a secret operation conducted at midnight on May 15, 1996, a dozen FBI agents escorted a flatbed truck containing Kaczynski's cabin to Malmstrom Air Force base, where it was placed under 24 hour guard. Air Force Lt. Dave Honchul "declined to say where on the base the cabin is being stored and said photographs are not allowed." Few other details were disclosed. [5]

The cabin, or a simulacra of it, was eventually shipped to a high-security storage facility at Mather Field in Sacramento. Some relatives of 'Unabom' victims want it destroyed.

Not one of Kaczynski's "defense" lawyers ever raised a single question to protest this process. Their focus, like that of the Justice Department and the media, was on the assumption of his guilt and insanity.

Ted Kaczynski's Federally-employed, Federal court-appointed Helena attorney, Michael Donahoe, failed to raise the issue of the evidence-planting/tampering potential at Kaczynski's cabin.

From the day of his apprehension, the mathematician had no choice in the selection of his attorneys. He was always represented by lawyers appointed by various Federal judges.

Donahoe and another Federally-employed attorney, Tony Gallagher, actually asked a federal judge to block other lawyers from offering their services to the defendant. [6]

Donahoe's office operated under an annual federal grant of approximately $1 million. [7]

As soon as Kaczysnki was arrested he was held virtually incommunicado at the county jail in Helena. This was not due to the local sheriff, who had criticized the FBI for having excluded him from the case.

It was Kaczynski's Federally-employed, court-appointed attorney who received all of Kaczynski's first class, privileged mail, even before Kaczynski saw it. Kaczynski's mail went to the lawyer ahead of the addressee. By controlling Kaczynski's mail, one controlled the only independent outlet to him.

It was Kaczynski's federally employed Montana attorneys who told the court, in a motion filed and made public April 15, 1996, that the "evidence" supposedly taken from Kaczynski's cabin was "highly incriminating." [8] In other words, Kaczynski's federally employed "defense" attorneys were already informing the court and the public, a mere 12 days after his capture, that he was guilty.

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