Theodore Kaczynski The Ldquo Analysis

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Theodore Kaczynski: The “Unabomber” The first of Kaczynski’s attacks was a bomb he initially mailed to the University of Illinois but was then brought to the return address at Northwestern University. This attack injured one person. At first, no connection was made to Kaczynski, but it is now known that “professors at both universities had rejected Kaczynski’s attempts to publish a treatise he wrote against technology and modernization” (“Unabomber” BlogSpot.com). Three more attacks followed, also in Chicago; one at American Airlines, another at the President of United Airlines’ home, and once more at Northwestern University. His next attacks came in 1985 when he “bombed a computer…show more content…
Kaczynski’s defense team planned to argue that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, which made him incapable of the intent necessary to be held legally responsible for crimes. Attorney Anthony Bisceglie also cited Kaczynski's mental illness as a reason the death penalty should not be decided as punishment by the government (“Man Behind the Mask”). Kaczynski, who did not want his trial to be based on the claim of mental illness, argued he was confident that he was sane (“Selected Journalism by Stephen J. Dubner”). He tried to fire his lawyers and represent himself but it was denied. “Kaczynski agreed to stick with his current lawyers in return for their promise not to introduce expert testimony about his mental state during the guilt phase of the trial” (The Tech). However, he agreed that his lawyers could gather mental health evidence if he was found…show more content…
Not only did he take the lives of three innocent people, but he also harmed dozens of others in his terrorizing acts. I believe that Kaczynski deserved the highest possible punishment, which in my opinion is life in prison because spending a lifetime in prison is worse then being killed and taken away from the misery. Kaczynski said he did not want to live a long life and that he “would rather get the death penalty then spend the rest of his life in prison” (“Selected Journalism by Stephen J. Dubner”). Not only do I think life in prison is a worse punishment for the criminal, but I also do not believe in the death penalty because people should not have the right to kill others no matter what the circumstance is. Kaczynski currently remains in the Supermax prison and will go down in history as one of the most terrorizing criminals of all

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