A serial bomber with a fascination for wood is suspected in Monday’s bombing at the offices of a timber industry lobbying group, the FBI said. One person was killed in the attack.
The mail bomb appeared to be the work of the so-called Unabomber, who is believed responsible for 15 previous bombings around the country in the past 17 years, said FBI Special Agent Richard Ross of the Sacramento office.
The special federal Unabom task force from San Francisco arrived Monday afternoon and is taking over the case, Ross said.
“The similarities in the forensics preliminarily reviewed at the crime scene strongly suggest the Unabomber,” Ross said Monday night.
This would be the third death attributed to the Unabomber. The attacks have injured 23 people.
No one claimed responsibility for the bombing at the California Forestry Association office four blocks from the Capitol. Gilbert B. Murray, the executive who opened the package, was killed in the explosion.
Several Unabomber victims have been in Northern California, including a Sacramento computer store owner who was killed in 1985.
Investigators say the Unabomber appears to be fascinated with wood. Some of his bomb parts are carved out of wood, one victim was named Wood and twigs have been included in a bomb. His last victim, New Jersey advertising executive Thomas Mosser, was killed last December at his home on Aspen Drive.
The culprit was dubbed the Unabomber because of a fondness for targeting people who work at universities and airlines.