Discovery channel’s new anthology series on Ted Kaczynski premiered on August 1st. He has been called a child prodigy in mathematics and could solve advance Laplace transformations in high school. He was accepted into Harvard at age 16 and then completed his doctorate at University at 25. He became assistant Prof at University of California Berkeley.
“UNABOM” (UNiversity & Airline BOMber) was the title that FBI used. and was the subject of the FBI’s longest and costliest investigation.
He killed and Injured people with gruesome acts of terror. He still has no remorse over his actions.
He himself did not believe he was insane! the court appointed lawyers wanted him to plead insanity
In his 2010 book Technological Slavery, Kaczynski recalls that two prison psychologists, James Watterson and Michael Morrison, who visited him almost every day for a period of four years told him that they saw no indication that he suffered from any such serious mental illness, and that the paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis was “ridiculous” and a “political diagnosis.” Morrison also made remarks to him about psychologists and psychiatrists providing any desired diagnosis if they are well paid for doing so!!
So why did Mr. Kaczynski kill. Not all recluses kill and maim? How come a brilliant self effacing person behave so erratically. The erratic nature, in my opinion, started exhibiting right after he went to Berkeley as an assistant professor. Did he take drugs (60s were know for it, and Berkeley was the mecca of drug culture)?
I can only speculate that the brilliant mind was driven to madness through drugs. Because i have seen people – clear, logical, informative, charming lack emotional empathy. They don’t have empathy of others though brilliant. and i have seen poor people in DC- homeless and penniless smile at me, and help someone else – either a kind word or a small deed.