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

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

  1. John D.:
    I had totally forgotten about the date with the unabomber.
    Amazing that stint went on for SEVENTEEN YEARS before they caught Ted Kaczynski.

    Makes me wonder whether those “ethically questionable research experiments” that he underwent didn’t have long-range and profound effects on him. That was a lot for a 17 year old at Harvard.
    It certainly must have led to his reclusiveness.
    A damn shame to waste such potential and intelligence, that’s for sure.

    Good post.

    Stay safe (and don’t get snowed in) out there, boss.


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