April 4, 1996 in Nation/World

Chronicling The Unabomber’s Trail


Bombings linked to the so-called Unabomber. The FBI gave the case the code name “Unabom” because early targets were universities and airlines.

May 25-26, 1978: A package is found at a parking lot at University of Illinois at Chicago and brought to Northwestern University in Evanston because of the return address. It explodes when it is opened on May 26, injuring one person.

May 9, 1979: One person injured at Northwestern University.

Nov. 15, 1979: Twelve suffer smoke inhalation when bomb explodes in plane’s cargo hold during American Airlines flight, forcing an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.

June 10, 1980: United Airlines president injured at home in Chicago area.

Oct. 8, 1981: Bomb placed in a business classroom at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. No one injured.

May 5, 1982: One person injured at Vanderbilt University in Nashville; package addressed to a professor.

July 2, 1982: Professor of electrical engineering and computer science injured in faculty lounge at University of California at Berkeley.

May 15, 1985: One person injured by bomb found in computer room at University of California at Berkeley.

June 13, 1985: Package that was mailed to the Boeing Co. in Auburn, Wash., on May 8 is discovered and safely disarmed.

Nov. 15, 1985: Two people injured by package mailed to professor at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The professor, who was standing nearby, wasn’t hurt.

Dec. 11, 1985: Hugh Scrutton, 38, killed by bomb found near his computer rental store in Sacramento, Calif.

Feb. 20, 1987: Man injured by bomb left behind computer store in Salt Lake City.

June 22, 1993: Geneticist at University of California at San Francisco injured by bomb sent to his home.

June 24, 1993: Yale University computer scientist injured in office.

Dec. 10, 1994: Advertising executive Thomas Mosser, 50, killed by bomb sent to his North Caldwell, N.J., home.

April 24, 1995: California Forestry Association President Gilbert P. Murray, 47, killed opening a mail bomb in the group’s Sacramento headquarters.

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