After testing scored his IQ at ,  he skipped the sixth grade. Kaczynski later described this as a pivotal event: One neighbor said she had "never known anyone who had a brain like [Ted's],"  while another commented that Ted was "strictly a loner" who "didn't play He played the trombone in the marching band and was a member of the math, biology, coin, and German clubs but was regarded as an outsider by his classmates.
He was always regarded as a walking brain, so to speak. He became associated with a group of likeminded boys interested in science and mathematics, known as the "briefcase boys" for their penchant for carrying briefcases. Once he knew you, he could talk and talk. Placed in a more advanced math class, he soon mastered the material. He skipped the eleventh grade, and by attending summer school was able to graduate at age He was one of his school's five National Merit finalists , and was encouraged to apply to Harvard College.
He didn't even have a driver's license. The next three years he lived at Eliot House. One of his suitemates there recalled that he avoided contact with others and "would just rush through the suite, go into his room, and slam the door.
He would enter into the discussions maybe a little less so than most [but] he was certainly friendly. Subjects were told they would be debating personal philosophy with a fellow student, and were asked to write essays detailing their personal beliefs and aspirations. These encounters were filmed, and subjects' expressions of rage were later played back to them repeatedly. Moreno has said that, while "Kaczynski's anti-technological fixation and his critique itself had some roots in the Harvard curriculum," Kaczynski's later bombing campaign can "by no means be laid at Harvard's door".
Michigan was not his first choice for postgraduate education ; he had also applied to the University of California, Berkeley , and the University of Chicago , both of which accepted him but offered him no teaching position or financial aid.
His intellect and drive impressed his professors. He was not like the other graduate students. He was much more focused about his work. He had a drive to discover mathematical truth," said professor Peter Duren.
Myers Prize for Michigan's best math dissertation of the year. Addison, called this a "sudden and unexpected" resignation. Moore said, given Kaczynski's "impressive" dissertation and publications, he "could have advanced up the ranks and been a senior member of the faculty today. Most of its theories were proven in the s, when Kaczynski worked in it.
After resigning from Berkeley, Kaczynski moved to his parents' home in Lombard , Illinois, then two years later to a remote cabin he had built outside Lincoln , Montana, where he could live a simple life with very little money and without electricity or running water,  working odd jobs and receiving some financial support from his family.
He taught himself survival skills such as tracking game , edible plant identification, organic farming , bow drilling and other primitive technologies. Other Lincoln residents said later that such a lifestyle was not unusual in the area.
It's kind of rolling country, not flat, and when you get to the edge of it you find these ravines that cut very steeply in to cliff-like drop-offs and there was even a waterfall there. It was about a two days' hike from my cabin. That was the best spot until the summer of That summer there were too many people around my cabin so I decided I needed some peace.
I went back to the plateau and when I got there I found they had put a road right through the middle of it You just can't imagine how upset I was. It was from that point on I decided that, rather than trying to acquire further wilderness skills, I would work on getting back at the system. In a interview, he described his loss of faith in the potential for reform ; the "human tendency As I see it, I don't think there is any controlled or planned way in which we can dismantle the industrial system.
I think that the only way we will get rid of it is if it breaks down and collapses The big problem is that people don't believe a revolution is possible, and it is not possible precisely because they do not believe it is possible. To a large extent I think the eco-anarchist movement is accomplishing a great deal, but I think they could do it better The real revolutionaries should separate themselves from the reformers And I think that it would be good if a conscious effort was being made to get as many people as possible introduced to the wilderness.
In a general way, I think what has to be done is not to try and convince or persuade the majority of people that we are right, as much as try to increase tensions in society to the point where things start to break down.
To create a situation where people get uncomfortable enough that they're going to rebel. So the question is how do you increase those tensions? Between and , Kaczynski mailed or hand-delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated bombs that cumulatively killed three people and injured twenty-three.
He took extreme care in preparing these devices to avoid leaving fingerprints; he also purposely left misleading clues in them. Initial bombings[ edit ] Kaczynski's first mail bomb was directed at Buckley Crist, a professor of materials engineering at Northwestern University. On May 25, , a package bearing Crist's return address was found in a parking lot at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The package was "returned" to Crist who was suspicious because he had not sent the package, so he contacted campus police. Officer Terry Marker opened the package, which exploded and injured his left hand. The box and the plugs sealing the pipe's ends were handcrafted from wood. Most pipe bombs use threaded metal ends easily obtained by consumers; the wooden ends lacked the strength for significant pressure to build within the pipe, weakening the blast.
The trigger was primitive: The match heads would ignite and initiate combustion of the powder. Kaczynski later used batteries and heat filament wire to ignite the powder more effectively. However, in August he was fired by his brother for writing insulting limericks about a female supervisor whom he had briefly dated.
A faulty timing mechanism prevented the bomb from exploding, but it released smoke, which forced an emergency landing. Authorities said it had enough power to "obliterate the plane" had it exploded. Postal Inspectors , who initially had the case, labeled the suspect the "Junkyard Bomber" because of the material used to make the mail bombs.
Postal Inspection Service was formed. The task force grew to more than full-time personnel, but minute analysis of recovered components of the bombs and the investigation into the lives of the victims proved of little use in identifying the suspect, who built his bombs primarily from scrap materials available almost anywhere.
The victims, investigators later learned, were chosen irregularly from library research. In , chief agent John Douglas , working with agents in the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit , issued a psychological profile of the unidentified bomber. It described the offender as a man with above-average intelligence and connections to academia. This profile was later refined to characterize the offender as a neo-Luddite holding an academic degree in the hard sciences , but this psychologically based profile was discarded in An alternative theory was developed by FBI analysts that concentrated on the physical evidence in recovered bomb fragments.
In this rival profile, the suspect was characterized as a blue-collar airplane mechanic. The bomb, which was disguised as a piece of lumber, injured Gary Wright when he attempted to remove it from the store's parking lot.
The explosion severed nerves in Wright's left arm and propelled more than pieces of shrapnel into his body. Kaczynski's brother, David—who would play a vital role in Kaczynski's capture by alerting federal authorities to the prospect of his brother's involvement in the Unabomber case—sought out and became friends with Wright after Kaczynski was detained in David Kaczynski and Wright have remained friends and occasionally speak together publicly about their relationship.
Though critically injured, Gelernter eventually recovered. Another bomb mailed in the same weekend was sent to the home of Charles Epstein from the University of California, San Francisco , who lost several fingers upon opening it. Kaczynski then called Gelernter's brother, Joel Gelernter, a behavioral geneticist, and told him, "You are next.
Mosser was killed by a mail bomb sent to his North Caldwell, New Jersey , home. Burston-Marsteller helped Exxon clean up its public image after the Exxon Valdez incident " and, more importantly, because "its business is the development of techniques for manipulating people's attitudes.
While the devices varied widely through the years, all but the first few contained the initials "FC. As stated in the "Additional Findings" section of the FBI affidavit where a balanced listing of other uncorrelated evidence and contrary determinations also appeared: According to the FBI Laboratory no forensic correlation exists between those samples. He would deliberately make them hard to find to mislead investigators into thinking they had a clue.
The first clue was a metal plate stamped with the initials "FC" hidden somewhere usually in the pipe end cap in every bomb. I told you it would—RV". He often included bits of tree branch and bark in his bombs, and targets selected included Percy Wood and Professor Leroy Wood. Crime writer Robert Graysmith noted, "in the Unabomber's case a large factor was his obsession with wood.