Unabomber News History

Copyright 1996 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 16, 1996, Tuesday, FIVE STAR LIFT Edition


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FBI agents searching Theodore Kaczynski's cabin found addresses of corporate executives, maps of San Francisco, bus schedules, firearms and anti-depressant medicine, an inventory made public Monday shows.

In a filing disclosed in federal court, the FBI also confirmed published reports of three typewriters found in the cabin, as well as several unspecified documents and notes.

Although Kaczynski is suspected of being the Unabomber, none of the documents was identified as the original text of the Unabomber manifesto, the 35,000-word tract published in The Washington Post and The New York Times last year. A source said last week that agents had found what appeared to be the original of the manifesto, a diatribe against modern technology.

Kaczynski, 53, was arrested at the cabin near Lincoln, Mont., two weeks ago and is being held on charges of possessing bomb components. He has not been charged with any of the Unabomber attacks, which killed three people and injured 23 over 17 years.

In its list made public Monday, the FBI did not specifically link any of the more than 600 items to the Unabomber.

The list does not identify the corporate executives or list the addresses. The references to San Francisco and to corporate executives were cryptic. The item was listed as: "One 'Aldrich' box containing misc. papers, newspaper clippings, bus schedule, addresses of corporate officials and maps of San Francisco."

The references may be significant because the Unabomber, who raged against modern technology, targeted executives. Three of the bombings occurred in the San Francisco Bay area and two in Sacramento, Calif. Five of the bombs were mailed from Northern California, including two from Oakland and one from San Francisco.

A bottle of Trazadone, a prescription anti-depressant drug, was found.

One item simply read: "One 'Calumet Baking Powder' can containing soldering wire."

Another specified a pair of brown and green hiking boots with a brand name, Northwest Territory. One entry said "letters." Another read "documents."

Chemicals On List

Authorities also found a pipe bomb and an "improvised explosive device" in a cardboard box, as well as five firearms - a rifle and four handguns.

The list also described a hooded jacket, a blue zippered sweat shirt and hood and two pairs of plastic glasses.

A witness who saw the Unabomber plant one bomb described him as wearing a hooded sweat shirt and aviator glasses, resulting in the widely circulated composite sketch.

Among the chemicals listed in the inventory were saltpeter, ammonium nitrate, abietic acid, ground aluminum, manganese dioxide, boric acid, ammonium alum, a copper compound, lye, lead acetate, lead hydroxide and lead carbonate. Those were in jars labeled by Kaczynski in his handwriting.

Authorities found other, unlabeled jars containing various types of powder.

Agents also listed 232 books, some of which may provide insight into Kaczynski's thoughts, such as "Eastern Mysticism," "Asimov's Guide to the Bible," "Holy Bible Dictionary Concordance," "Comes the Comrade," "Les Miserables" and "Growing Up Foolish."

Everything seized from the cabin has been trucked to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va., where it is undergoing microscopic examination.

The FBI list was ordered released by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell, who authorized the original search.