this day in crime history: december 11,1985

On this date in 1985, Hugh Scrutton, a computer store owner in Sacramento, CA was killed when a bomb loaded with nails and splinters exploded in the parking lot of his store. Scrutton was the ninth victim, and first fatality, in the 17 year bombing spree of the man who turned out to be the nuttiest of nutty professors: Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber. By the time he was arrested in 1994, Kaczynski had planted sixteen bombs. Two of the bombs were defused before they could explode. The other fourteen bombs killed three and injured eleven. He is currently serving a life sentence (without the possibility of parole) in federal prison.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Theodore Kaczynski

FBI – The Unabomber

The Unabomber’s Manifesto

3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: december 11,1985

  1. John D.:
    Yeah, Ted was one of those that didn’t fit previous profiles (damn smart guy).
    For it to take so lang to catch him proved that much.
    Wonder why we never called this a case of DOMESTIC terrorism?

    I think it was his brother who came out with some of the back-story behind the unabomber (saw something on the History channel that went into Ted’s growing up).
    Very good show.
    And a very good post.

    Stay safe out there.


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