Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber who was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday, has committed suicide, according to a report.
Kaczynski, 81, was serving four life sentences in federal prison for a decades-long span in which three people were killed and nearly two dozen others injured by 16 of his pipe bombs.
While officials at the federal medical prison in Butner, North Carolina, have not said how he died, multiple sources told The New York Times that he committed suicide. The report did not say how he could have done so, but officials said he was found unconscious in his cell.
The Chicago native, who was educated at Harvard and UC-Berkeley before becoming a hermit and living in a cabin in Montana, had been in a maximum-security prison in Colorado but was transferred to a medical facility in Carolina du Nord in December 2021 due to a health illness.
He left his first explosive in 1978 at a University of Chicago, putting the name of Buckley Crist Jr., professor of engineering at Northwestern University. as sender.
“I never knew the guy, never met him and I don’t know why he involved me,” Crist told The Post on Saturday of Kaczynski.
But in the decades since Kaczynski’s capture in 1996, a new generation has begun to revere him for his anti-tech manifestonicknaming him “Uncle Ted”.
The phrase “Uncle Ted” was briefly circulated on Twitter as news of Kaczynski’s death spread.