Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber

Calling himself the “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski waged an 18-year mail-bomb war against people in technology. Brilliant, Kaczynski entered Harvard at 16, and soon became a subject of unethical human experiments aimed at psychic deconstruction via humiliation, conducted by Henry Murray, a psychologist involved with the CIA. Many now wonder if that is where the homicidal “Unabomber” was born.

You can’t mail your bomb and have it too: How a common proverb helped catch the Unabomber

Have you ever wondered about what exactly it means to “have your cake and eat it too?” Without giving it much thought, I always thought it had something to do with Marie Antoinette, to whom another well-known cake related saying is (incorrectly) attributed. I was way wrong, of course.

Today in Crime History: The Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

On July 27, 1996, Eric Rudolph, a handsome, mysterious, and very dangerous serial bomber, detonated a 40-pound pipe bomb, the largest in U.S. history, at the Atlanta Summer Games, killing two and injuring 111.

Today in Crime History: Serial Bomber Eric Robert Rudolph Captured

On May 31, 2003, the long search for one of the nation’s most notorious domestic terrorists was at last brought to an end when a young rookie police officer made a surprising find behind a grocery store.

Today in Crime History: Birmingham Abortion Clinic Explodes

On January 29, 1998, an explosion tore through an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Serial bomber Eric Rudolph later confessed to the crime, which killed two and critically injured one. Rudolph was also responsible for the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, as well as a series of other bombings across the United States, all in the name of his anti-gay, anti-abortion agenda.

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