What appears to be the typed original of the Unabomber’s 35,000-word manifesto has been found in the cabin of suspect Theodore Kaczynski, a law enforcement source said Friday.
“We have not yet confirmed it, but it appears to be the original,” the source told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The manuscript was found during the search of the former math professor’s Montana cabin.
U.S. News and World Report said agents told the magazine the manuscript was indeed the original copy and was prepared on one of three typewriters removed from the cabin.
The manuscript and typewriter were found in a “cramped loft” of Kaczynski’s tiny home, the magazine said Friday. U.S. News and World Report was to carry a story on the discovery in its April 22 issue, on newsstands Monday.
Also found with the manifesto was the original of a letter the Unabomber sent to The New York Times last year, the Times reported today.
The Unabomber has sent several letters to the Times, and it wasn’t immediately clear which one this was, the Times said, but it was believed to be one relating to a demand that the manifesto be published.
The manifesto, titled “Industrial Society and Its Future,” was published last September by the Times and The Washington Post after consultation with the Justice Department.
The Unabomber had demanded publication as his price for ceasing his string of fatal bombing attacks.
The manifesto, which attacks the dehumanizing nature of modern society, was apparently a key in identifying Kaczynski. His brother, David Kaczynski, contacted the FBI after reading the manifesto and matching it to letters sent by Theodore Kaczynski.
A senior federal official in Washington disclosed earlier this week that all the Unabomber’s communications, including the manifesto, had been typed on the same typewriter. Investigators believe he did that deliberately so authorities could authenticate the letters and rule out copycats.
Besides the manifesto, the Unabomber wrote a number of letters, all of them signed “FC,” to newspapers as well as to professors, scientists and at least one victim.
Kaczynski, a 53-year-old former University of California at Berkeley professor, was arrested last week at the remote cabin near Lincoln, and is being held on a single count of possessing bomb components.
He has not been charged with any of the 16 Unabomber attacks that killed three people and injured 23 in nine states over the past 18 years.
The Unabomber manifesto attacked the political left and right, but in particular technology-driven modern society.