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Wednesday, November 12, 1997 Published at 12:52 GMT



Special Report

Unabomber timeline

The FBI have investigated the following crimes in relation to the 'Unabomber' case:

May 25-26, 1978
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

An unmailed package was found in a car park at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and brought to Northwestern University in Evanston because of its return address. The professor who was named on the package could not sending it and handed it to security. The next day, it exploded when it was opened by Northwestern police officer, Terry Marker, who was slightly injured.

May 9, 1979
Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois

A graduate student, John Harris, was injured when he opened a box left at the University's Technological Institute. He suffered minor cuts and burns.

November 15, 1979
American Airlines Flight 444, Chicago to Washington, D.C.

A bomb, disguised as a parcel mailed from Chicago, didn't explode but did catch fire in a mailbag aboard the Boeing 727. Twelve passengers were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire forced an emergency landing at Dulles Airport, near Washington.

June 10, 1980
Lake Forest, Illinois

United Airlines President, Percy A. Wood, suffered cuts and burns after opening a package disguised as a book. The initials "FC" were found etched on a piece of pipe from the bomb.

October 8, 1981
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

A maintenance worker found a bomb in a classroom. The device was defused by the bomb squad and no one was injured.

May 5, 1982
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

A parcel addressed to the head of the computer science department, Patrick Fischer, exploded, injuring his secretary, Janet Smith. The package was originally sent to Pennsylvania State University but was later forwarded to Nashville.

July 2, 1982
University of California, Berkeley

Engineering Professor, Diogenes J. Angelako, picked up what he believed was a can, left in a common room in the computer science building. The device was a pipe-bomb which exploded, seriously injuring Professor Angelakos.

May 15, 1985
University of California, Berkeley

A graduate student, John E. Hauser, picked up a package in the university's computer science lab, triggering an explosion that removed four fingers from his right hand.

June 13, 1985
Boeing Aircraft Company, Auburn, Washington

A suspicious package mailed to Boeing was opened and safely disarmed by the bomb squad.

November 15, 1985
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Research assistant Nicklaus Suino suffered burns and shrapnel wounds when he opened a package bomb at the home of psychology professor, James V. McConnell. McConnell was not hurt.

December 11, 1985
Sacramento, California

Hugh C. Scrutton was killed when he tried to remove what looked to be a road hazard - but was actually a bomb - in the car park behind his computer rental shop.

February 20, 1987
CAAMS Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah

Gary Wright was injured when he attempted to remove a road hazard at the rear entrance of his computer shop. A secretary who saw a man with a hooded sweatshirt and aviator sunglasses leave the bag, becomes the Unabomber's first eyewitness.

June 22, 1993
Tiburon, California

A bomb injured Dr. Charles Epstein, a geneticist at the University of California, when he opened a package mailed to his home.

June 24, 1993
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Computer scientist David Gelernter was injured and consequently disfigured when a package, mailed to his office, exploded in his hands.

June 24, 1993
New York City

The assistant managing editor of the New York Times received a letter from a person or people claiming to be from an anarchist group called "FC." The letter, mailed from Sacramento just before the explosions that injured Dr. Charles Epstein and David Gelernter, also included a code number to ensure that any future communication from the group would be genuine.

December 10, 1994
North Caldwell, New Jersey

New York City advertising executive, Thomas Mosser, was killed when he opened a package posted to his home. Months later the Unabomber took responsibility for the bomb, mailed from San Francisco, claiming that Mosser was targeted for his public relations firm's work for Exxon Corp., the company whose tanker, the Valdez, spilled oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

April 24, 1995
Sacramento, California

A timber industry lobbyist, Gilbert B. Murray, was killed when a parcel exploded at his Sacramento office. The package was addressed to the person Murray had replaced as president of the California Forestry Association.

April 24, 1995
New York City

The New York Times received a letter from the Unabomber, calling himself "the terrorist group FC,". The author promises to stop sending bombs if a 29,000- to 37,000-word article written by the group is printed in a national periodical such as the Times, Newsweek or Time magazine.

September 19, 1995
Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post prints the Unabomber's 'manifesto' in an eight-page supplement.

April 3, 1996
Lincoln, Montana

Theodore Kaczynski, a former UC Berkeley professor, living as a recluse in a one-room cabin, was arrested at his Montana home for possession of bomb components. He was turned in by his brother who thought Kaczynski's writings bore a striking resemblance to the Unabomber's manifesto.






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