David Kaczynski

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David Kaczynski (born October 3, 1949) is the younger brother of Ted Kaczynski.[1] His memoir, Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family, [2] details David's relationship with his brother and parents, and the difficult decision that David and his wife faced when they came to suspect that Ted was the Unabomber.

Early life[edit]

Kaczynski is a graduate of Columbia University.[citation needed]

Role in Unabomber's arrest[edit]

After the anonymous Unabomber demanded in 1995 that his manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future, be published in a major newspaper as a condition for ceasing his mail-bomb campaign, the New York Times and the Washington Post published the manifesto, hoping somebody would recognize the writing style of the author.[3]

David's wife, Linda Patrik, first suspected Theodore and urged David to read the manifesto when it was published. David recognized Ted's writing style, and the criminal defense lawyer the couple hired notified authorities. On April 3, 1996, police arrested Ted in his rural cabin in Lincoln, Montana. David had received assurance from the FBI that his identity as the informant would be kept secret, but his name was leaked to the media. In addition, he sought a guarantee from federal prosecutors that Ted would receive appropriate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The Justice Department's subsequent active pursuit of the death penalty for Ted, and Attorney General Janet Reno's initial refusal to accept a plea bargain in exchange for a life sentence, was seen by Kaczynski and other members of his family as a betrayal. Such a plea bargain was eventually reached, and Ted was sentenced to serve life imprisonment with no possibility of parole. Kaczynski has stated in interviews that notifying federal authorities of his brother's possible involvement in the Unabomber case was a painful decision, but that he felt morally compelled to do it in order to save lives that might have been taken had the bombings continued.[4]

David Kaczynski received a $1 million reward posted by the FBI for the Unabomber's capture. The reward was funded by a Congressional appropriation for the Department of Justice and was, at the time, one of the largest rewards issued in a domestic case. Kaczynski told the Associated Press that he planned to distribute the majority of the reward money to the bombing victims and their families, adding that this "might help us resolve our grief over what happened."[5]

Career[edit]

Prior to turning his brother Ted in to authorities, Kaczynski worked as an assistant director of the Equinox shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Albany, New York, where he counseled and advocated for troubled, neglected, and abused youth. His brother's confrontation with the death penalty later motivated Kaczynski to become an anti-death penalty activist. In 2001, Kaczynski was named executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty (as of 2008, New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty). While the mission of NYADP originally focused only on ending the death penalty, under Kaczynski's guidance in 2008, it broadened its mission to address the unmet needs of all those affected by violence, including victims and their families. After leaving the NYADP, Kaczynski served as executive director of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Woodstock, New York.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Kaczynski was portrayed by Robert Hays in the 1996 television movie Unabomber: The True Story.[7]

David Kaczynski was portrayed by Mark Duplass in the 2017 television series Manhunt: Unabomber.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kaczynski is also a practicing Buddhist and is a vegetarian.[9] In 2009 he published an essay about his relationship with his brother Ted, from childhood to adulthood, which appeared in a collection of essays.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AOL News Archived 2011-01-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ https://www.dukeupress.edu/every-last-tie?viewby=subject&categoryid=29&sortuiiiiizhkl=newest
  3. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (September 19, 1995). "Times and The Washington Post Grant Mail Bomber's Demand". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Interview on WXXI (AM), Rochester, NY, March 13, 2002.
  5. ^ Seligmann, Jean; Endt, Friso; Sigesmund, B. J. (August 31, 1998). "A million reasons to grieve". Newsweek. Vol. 132 no. 9. p. 61. eISSN 0028-9604.   – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  6. ^ "About the author" bio for 2016 book {{[1]}}
  7. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (11 September 1996). "USA rips from headlines with 'Unabomber' movie". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Manhunt: Unabomber (TV Series 2017– ), retrieved 2017-09-09 
  9. ^ Matthew Purdy (August 5, 2001). "Our Towns; Crime, Punishment and the Brothers K". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  10. ^ Andrew Blauner, ed. (2009-04-20). Brothers: 26 Stories of Love & Rivalry. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-470-39129-4. 

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