The man known as the “Unabomber” has been transferred to a federal prison medical facility in North Carolina after spending the past two decades in a federal Supermax prison in Colorado for a series of bombings targeting scientists.
Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, 79, was moved to the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s Butner Medical Center in eastern North Carolina on December 14th, according to a statement released to news outlets by bureau spokesperson Donald Murphy. Murphy declined to disclose any details of Kaczynski’s medical condition or the reason for his transfer.
Kaczynski is serving life without the possibility of parole following his 1996 arrest at the primitive cabin where he was living in western Montana. He pleaded guilty to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and injured 23 others in various parts of the country between 1978 and 1995. The deadly homemade bombs that the vengeful Kaczynski sent by mail — including an altitude-triggered explosion that went off as planned on an American Airlines flight — changed the way Americans sent packages and boarded airplanes.
As much as "Don't check your mail jokes" are funny. Please stop stanning Ted Kaczynski. He was unironically a reactionary.
— A Bear 🏴 (@BigMoistDaddi) December 23, 2021
Kaczynski killed computer rental store owner Hugh Scrutton, advertising executive Thomas Mosser and timber industry lobbyist Gilbert Murray. California geneticist Charles Epstein and Yale University computer expert David Gelernter were maimed by bombs two days apart in June 1993.
— Heidi Meili (@HeidiNBCMT) December 23, 2021
Butner, a Federal Medical Center located just northeast of Durham, offers medical services for prisoners including oncology, surgery, neurodiagnostics, and dialysis, according to the Bureau of Prisons. It opened an advanced care unit and a hospice unit in 2010. It houses 771 inmates, according to the prison bureau, and has been home to notable offenders including John Hinckley Jr., who was evaluated there after shooting President Ronald Reagan. Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of a massive Ponzi scheme, died at the North Carolina facility earlier this year. And in November, the former Oklahoma zookeeper known as “Tiger King” Joe Exotic was transferred to the facility after a cancer diagnosis, his attorney said. Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, had been convicted for trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist and for violating federal wildlife laws.
The Unabomber and Joe Exotic are now in the same prison, near Durham. https://t.co/GEHtuf5Nay
— Chris Stiles (@cstiles24) December 23, 2021