October 2, 1996 in Nation/World

Kaczynski Indicted For N.J. Blast

Los Angeles Times
 

Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski, a brilliant mathematician already awaiting trial here in two fatal bombings, was indicted Tuesday in New Jersey in connection with a third deadly blast there in 1994.

A federal grand jury in Newark, N.J., issued a three-count indictment accusing Kaczynski, 54, of transporting a bomb from Montana, where he lived in a tiny shack, to San Francisco, where he allegedly mailed it to the northern New Jersey home of advertising executive Thomas J. Mosser.

The 50-year-old advertising executive was killed when he opened the explosive package in his kitchen.

Attorney General Janet Reno said two of the latest bombing counts could carry the death penalty. But federal authorities indicated that no decision has been made on whether to pursue the death penalty against Kaczynski either in New Jersey or Sacramento.

Last June, he was indicted in Sacramento in four bombings, including ones that killed Gilbert Murray, a Sacramento timber industry lobbyist, in 1995 and Hugh Scrutton, a local computer store owner, in 1985.

Tuesday, Reno said Kaczynski would not be prosecuted in New Jersey until after his Sacramento trial, expected to begin next year.

However, Quin Denvir, Kaczynski’s attorney, said he plans to look into whether the Mosser charges should be transferred and consolidated into a single Sacramento case.

“It’s fairer to Mr. Kaczynski that he would only have to defend himself one time,” said Denvir, the federal public defender in Sacramento. “It would be much more cost effective for the government.”

Denvir speculated that prosecutors may want to wait to see if Kaczynski is convicted in Sacramento before proceeding to trial in New Jersey.

At a Sacramento hearing two weeks ago, federal prosecutor Robert J. Cleary said diaries seized by investigators at Kaczynski’s cabin included admissions to all 16 explosions linked to the Unabomber. The journals, which could be crucial evidence against Kaczynski, listed such notations as “I mailed that bomb,” according to Cleary, who is based in New Jersey. It has never been clear how the Unabomber selected his targets.


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