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Ted Kaczynski- AKA: Unabomber

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Tim Nimmo

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Transcript of Ted Kaczynski- AKA: Unabomber

Who Is Ted Kacznski?
Ted Kaczynski- AKA: Unabomber
-Ted Kaczynski was born on May 22nd, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.
David (left) & Theodore
Kaczynski as children
-Ted made bombs using common household items to and then mailed them to his targets.
-Ted was accepted into college at the age of 16.
-In school Ted was a bright student, but he was not very social.
-In fifth grade Ted found out he had an IQ of 167 and skipped from 5th to 7th grade.
-There no history of physical abuse, besides occasional spankings which Ted himself said were not excessive or cruel.
-There was extreme verbal and emotional abuse that took place in Ted's childhood
-No precursors were present in Ted's case.
Father- Richard Kaczynski -He was a sausage maker -He committed suicide because of a poor prognosis and significant painrelated to the diognosis of cancer.
-He had no criminal/ substance abuse history, or history of psychiatric illness
Mother- Wanda Kaczynski
- Homemaker and teacher
-No history of mental illness
-He was never married and never had children.
-Ted got a PHD in mathematics and was a teacher at the University of California and he resigned.
Adult Life
-Ted never recieved treatment for his paranoid schizophrenia
-Ted's goal was to bring down the techno-industrial system.
-Ted targeted people like scientists and grad students, because these were the people who allowed society to progress
-First attacks: May 25th 1978
Last attack: April 24th 1995
Arrested: April 13th 1996
-There were 26 victims
Behavior When Caught
-Couldnt find how he acted when he was caught.
-Ted was able to withstand trial
-Ted was charged as a terrorist, and sentenced to life in prison.
-Ted is still alive in prison at the age of 71 years old.
Where is he now?

-Ted was also diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder
(NPD) "A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy beginning by early childhood and present in a variety of contexts" (Scarf)
Characterized by an over-inflated sense of uniqueness, self importance and personal entitlement
-People with NPD feel that they are either great, powerful, and brilliant or that they are nothing
-Kaczynski had the feeling that he was brighter than his peers
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