Unabomber News History

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Petersburg Times

December 12, 1994, Monday, City Edition


LENGTH: 208 words

HEADLINE: N.J. death blamed on serial bomber SOURCE: Compiled from Times Wires



Federal investigators said the killing of a top advertising executive Saturday may be the latest crime by a bomber who specializes in mailing lethal packages to his victims.

The bomber, code named Unabom, is held responsible for 14 attacks since 1978 that have resulted in 23 injuries and one other death. The code name reflects that most of the bomber's early targets involved universities or airlines.

Thomas J. Mosser, 50, died at his home in North Caldwell, N.J., after opening a package about the size of a videotape.

The FBI said Sunday that the bomb appears to have been constructed and mailed by the same person involved in the other Unabom cases.

"The components of the bomb, its construction, make us believe the bombs are linked,"said Barry Mawn, the head of the FBI's Newark office.

Mosser recently was named executive vice president and general manager of Young & Rubicam Inc. Worldwide, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. He does not seem to fit the pattern of the bomber's other victims.

The FBI, Postal Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have set up a $ 1-million reward fund for information leading to the bomber's arrest. The phone number is (800) 701-2662.