Panel Discussion: Witness to History: Investigating the Unabomber


Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald Max

From left: Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald Max

Guests: Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald Max Noel
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Location: Knight TV Studio

Three principal members of the FBI team that captured the Unabomber talk about their new book “Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski.” The panel discussion is a co-production of the Newseum and the National Law Enforcement Museum.

Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald Max Noel talk about the investigation and discuss how the FBI had to change its methods to capture the notorious Unabomber.

For 17 years, the Unabomber sent homemade bombs that targeted universities, airlines and computer stores, killing three people and injuring 23 others. In 1995, the suspect mailed a 35,000-word anti-technology treatise to The New York Times and The Washington Post. If it was published, he vowed, he would “desist from terrorism.”

The FBI urged the newspapers to comply, hoping someone would recognize themes in the document. After much debate, the Post printed the manifesto; the Times shared the costs. Months later, the much-hoped-for tip arrived — from the bomber’s brother — eventually leading to a small cabin in the wilds of Montana where Ted Kaczynski was arrested.

Witness to History is generously funded through the National Law Enforcement Museum by Target.

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