'The world today seems to be going crazy. Speaks of 'The Unabomber's Manifesto'

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It was May 25th 1978, Terry Marker was on his usual patrol on

campus at the University of Illinois. This earmark package, addressed to an

engineering professor at Rensselaer from a material science professor at

Northwestern, was found in a parking lot. What seemed like an insignificant

misplaced parcel was about to start a reign of terror and the longest manhunt

in U.S. history. Officer Marker retrieved the package and began to open it;

the crude triggering mechanism set off the device. A flash of fire and smoke

spewed towards Terry's face as the match heads ignited and the mystery

package exploded. This event sparked the 'most expensive manhunt in

United States history, ultimately costing upward to $50 million' (Douglas,

31). The reasoning behind this initial attack (and subsequent assaults) was

not known for sure until 15 years later in 1993, when the Unabomber's anti-

technology philosophy became public.

The Unabomber's 18 year tirade against technology killed three people

and maimed 23 others in a series of 16 attacks dating back to 1978. The

Unabomber's targets were universities and airlines (thus the 'un' and the 'a'

in the FBI's code name); proponents of technology. The Unabomber believes

that the present industrial-technological society is 'narrowing the sphere of

human freedom' (Unabomber, 93).

The crudeness of the Unabomber's inaugural mail bomb attack was not

an indication of what was to come. The Unabomber's devices became more

sophisticated and deadly as his targets became more specific and focused.

'The pressure vessels in his bombs were the most sophisticated ever seen by

federal authorities' (Ewell, 3). His later efforts were sometimes concealed in

books and hand-carved boxes, had all hancrafted parts carved of wood and

metal (he made his own pins, screws and switches), and sometimes had

altimeter and barometric switches which...