April 27, 1995 in Nation/World

Unabomber Taunts Victim From 1993 Mail Bombing

Associated Press
 

The Unabomber taunted one of his injured victims in a letter released Wednesday, calling him a “techno-nerd” who should have been smart enough not to open a mysterious package that blew up.

The letter’s text to Yale University computer scientist David Gelernter was distributed by the FBI after another letter from the elusive bomber was published by The New York Times.

“People with advanced degrees aren’t as smart as they think they are,” the Gelernter letter said.

“If you’d had any brains you would have realized that there are a lot of people out there who resent bitterly the way techno-nerds like you are changing the world and you wouldn’t have been dumb enough to open an unexpected package from an unknown source.”

Gelernter was badly injured when a mail bomb exploded in his office on June 24, 1993. He needed extensive surgery on his right hand and was wounded on his abdomen, chest and face.

The letter was one of four mailed April 20, the same day as the Unabomber’s latest package, which killed a timber lobbyist Monday in Sacramento.

Jim Freeman, the FBI chief in San Francisco, told reporters Tuesday that only three letters were mailed. He said Wednesday it was four and the two others were received by people unrelated to the case. He refused to disclose the contents or any details of the other two letters.

Both letters were signed “FC,” which the bomber described as a group of anarchists. He used the same signature last time he communicated by letter, also to the Times, in 1993.

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