May 19, 2011 in Nation/World

Kaczynski denies poisonings role


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Theodore Kaczynski’s worldly possessions went on sale Wednesday, with iconic items like his handwritten manifesto and his hoodie and sunglasses drawing immediate interest from online bidders.

But even as the federal government used the sale to raise money for victims of the Unabomber, new signs emerged that Kaczynski is under investigation in another series of crimes: the infamous 1982 Tylenol poisonings that killed seven people.

In documents filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Kaczynski revealed that prison officials in Colorado visited him three weeks ago with a request from the FBI in Chicago for samples of his DNA.

Kaczynski, 69, who is serving a life sentence at a prison in Colorado, wrote that “the FBI wanted a sample of my DNA to compare with some partial DNA profiles connected with a 1982 event in which someone put potassium cyanide in Tylenol.”

Kaczynski made the claim in a 10-page letter filed last week in an attempt to stop part of the auction to preserve evidence that could prove his whereabouts and activities in 1982.

“I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide,” he wrote to the court.

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