November 20, 1997 in Nation/World

Kaczynski Wrote About ‘Killing People’ Alleged Journal Entry Made Comparisons To Texas Sniper

Linda Deutsch Associated Press
 

Theodore Kaczynski wrote in his journal “I intend to start killing people” and compared himself to a tower sniper at a Texas college who left 16 dead in 1966, according to government documents filed Wednesday.

“They are bound to make me out to be a sickie,” the Unabomber suspect allegedly wrote in a journal entry submitted by a psychiatrist for the government. Prosecutors have argued that Kaczynski is not mentally ill.

In papers filed by the defense Wednesday, two psychiatrists who examined Kazcynski portrayed him as a tortured genius plagued by schizophrenia but unwilling to acknowledge he was mentally ill.

It is not clear when the journal entry submitted by the government was written. The first fatal Unabomber attack was in 1985 when a Sacramento computer rental store owner was killed by a package bomb.

“I intend to start killing people,” the entry said.

“If I am successful at this, it is possible that, when I am caught (not alive, I fervently hope!) there will be some speculation in the news media as to my motives for killing people (as in the case of Charles Whitman, who killed some 13 people in Texas in the ‘60s).

“If such speculation occurs, they are bound to make me out to be a sickie, and to ascribe to me motives of a sordid or ‘sick’ type,” Kaczynski allegedly wrote.

Whitman actually killed a total of 16 people. His mother and wife were the first victims, then he climbed to the top of a tower at the University of Texas in Austin and gunned down 14. He also wounded 31 before being killed by police.

The battle over Kaczynski’s mental state has intensified in recent days as defense lawyers Quin Denvir and Judy Clarke have fought for the chance to bring on experts who will say Kaczynski suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

The government is fighting the attempt, saying that Kaczynski’s refusal to undergo a court-ordered mental examination by government experts has undermined their ability to challenge the defense.

In the defense court papers Wednesday, one of two psychologists who met with Kaczynski found him in deep denial of any psychological problems.

“Mr. Kaczynski’s superior intellect should not be confused with sound mental health,” said Karen Bronk Froming, who examined Kaczynski twice.

“Mr. Kaczynski was intent on doing well on the testing and assured me there was nothing wrong with him,” she said, but added he was at first unable to make eye contact or even acknowledge her presence.

Another defense expert, Xavier Amador, a Columbia University specialist in schizophrenia, said Kaczynski’s refusal to submit to the prosecution testing was proof of his illness.

“The main point here is that high IQ is not mutually exclusive with … the diagnosis of schizophrenia,” he wrote.

According to a statement by the government psychiatrist, Phillip J. Resnick, Kaczynski allegedly kept a journal to prevent media analysis by writing “an account of my own personality and its development that will be as accurate as possible.”

“If I succeed in killing enough people, the news media may have something to say about me when I am killed or caught,” he said. “I would point out that many tame, conformist types seem to have a powerful need to depict the enemy of society as sordid, repulsive or ‘sick.”’

Clarke and Denvir did not immediately return a call Wednesday. A hearing on the dispute is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Kaczynski, a 55-year-old former math professor, has pleaded innocent to a 10-count indictment. He could face the death penalty if convicted of four bombings that killed two Sacramento men and injured two scientists.

The government contends he is the Unabomber, accused of killing three people and injuring 29 others in a bombing spree that lasted nearly 18 years. He faces another murder trial in New Jersey. He has pleaded innocent to all charges.

The search for jurors passed the halfway point Wednesday with 32 rospective jurors tentatively qualified to serve on the panel.

At least 64 prospective jurors are needed before attorneys begin using their challenges to get down to the final panel of 12 and six alternates.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. and the lawyers for both sides have been quizzing prospects for five days. Those tentatively accepted have expressed strong feelings for and against the death penalty, but agreed that they could be open to opposing views if it becomes necessary.

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