Monday, April 3, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for April 3

The "Unibomber" was arrested on April 3, 1996.

The “Unabomber” is Arrested

The title of “Unabomber” was a mashup of the words, “university,” “airline” and “bomber” and went to John Kaczynski, a former professor-turned terrorist accused of 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others over a 18-year period. Initially, federal investigators thought that the attacker was targeting just universities and airlines, but later it became clear that Kaczynski had issues with “America's industrial and technological society” as he himself reported in his 35,000-word thesis titled, "Unabomber's Manifesto." The famous drawing of the suspect was drawn in 1987 and shown on TV and newspapers, but it wasn’t until this day in 1996 that the Unibomber was finally arrested. In January of 1998, Kaczynski pleaded guilty on all counts and is currently serving four life sentences plus 30 years.