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Kaczynski Had Hit List In Cabin, Agents Say

From Wire Reports

One week after Theodore Kaczynski’s arrest at his remote mountain cabin, his secretive life has become a national public drama as federal authorities prepare to accuse him formally of being the Unabomber.

One of the largest federal investigations in U.S. history pressed forward in high gear Tuesday with new developments:

NBC quoted sources Tuesday as saying authorities found a piece of paper titled “Hit List” in Kaczynski’s Montana cabin, and underneath the title the words airline executive, geneticists and computer industry were listed. Up to 10 of the Unabomber’s 16 bombs targeted people in those areas.

One team of federal agents scouring Kaczynski’s cabin said they found the names of some of the Unabomber’s victims.

Authorities would not identify which names were found, or say whether they were contained in publications or in Kaczynski’s own writings in the cabin near Lincoln, Mont.

FBI agents also recovered a pair of aviator sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt similar to those the Unabomber was thought to have worn when he was spotted at the scene of a bomb blast in Salt Lake City in 1987.

“They (sunglasses and sweatshirt) seem to be pretty much of a match,” said one investigator.

Investigators have discovered possible direct links between Kaczynski and at least four of the victims.

“I think the possibility of that is very high - that there was much more of a personal connection with these people than we previously had believed,” an investigator told The Associated Press.

However, a Justice Department official discounted as “highly speculative” reports that Kaczynski may have crossed paths with four Unabomber victims. But published reports noted several possible casual contacts:

Pat Fisher, professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University, was the target of a 1982 mail bomb. Fisher said he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when Kaczynski was at Harvard University - both in Cambridge, Mass. - in the early 1960s, and took a class at Harvard. “We could have been in the same class,” Fisher said.

James McConnell, injured in a 1985 Unabomber attack, was a psychology professor at the University of Michigan when Kaczynski attended that school in the mid-1960s.

Hugh Scrutton, killed by the Unabomber, took math classes at the University of California at Berkeley in 1967, the year Kaczynski began teaching in that department, although he didn’t teach Scrutton’s course.

Percy Wood, the airline executive targeted by a 1980 mail bomb, lived in the Oakland-Piedmont area when Kaczynski taught in neighboring Berkeley. More significantly, Wood served on the San Francisco Bay Area Air Pollution Control District’s advisory council from 1967 to 1969, the years Kaczynski taught at Berkeley.