The “Unabomber” said he is ready to tell his story from prison, according to a journalist who posted a letter sent to him from prison.
Ted Kaczynski, 74, was convicted in 1998 after pleading guilty to mailing bombs to people involved in the technology industry and education field. During his reign of terror, which started in 1978 and lasted until 1995, he killed three people and injured 23 others. He was captured in April 1996 at his remote cabin—which had no electricity or running water—in Lincoln, Montana.
The Unabomber reached out. Thanks, Ted, you’re not nuts at all. pic.twitter.com/enTCOO02MI
— Lawrence Wright (@lawrence_wright) May 22, 2016
He apparently sent a hand-written letter to New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright, who posted it on his Twitter account.
In the letter, Kaczynski said: “I am ready to speak to someone from the media regarding my brother’s recent comments and to discuss how they are being used to torment me.”
He also listed his conditions for granting an interview, with statements like, “tell me who you are,” “why I should trust you,” and “[affirm] that you understand that I am NOT mentally ill.”
It comes as his brother, David, who helped investigators find him, wrote a new book detailing his brother’s struggle with mental illness.
“Clearly he had to be stopped, and I don’t think there was any other way to stop him,” David said back in 2015 to CBS News. “I sometimes think maybe earlier in his life—he was my older brother. Maybe if I had recognized how seriously disturbed he was, I could have been more helpful to him.”
The letter was sent to Wright in April 2016.
“In order to determine who will get the interview, I am asking you to write me back affirming that you understand that I am not mentally ill, as my brother, Dave, would have you believe,” he wrote in full.
It’s unclear what Wright will do with the letter.
“Thanks, Ted, you’re not nuts at all,” he quipped in his tweet.