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Within a couple hours of the U.S. Senate’s approval of Thomas Rice’s appointment as a federal judge last week, Rice was whisked into a courtroom and sworn in to serve the lifetime appointment. “I ran upstairs and had an impromptu swearing-in on (March 8) by Judge Frem Nielsen,” he said.
A federal district judge Friday denied defense lawyers' motions that no charges be considered against the Unabom suspect Theodore John Kaczynski. The defense had based that motion on the argument that the pool of potential members of the grand jury that is to consider evidence against Kaczynski had been exposed to too many news leaks by law-enforcement officials, much of the information concerning the results of the authorities' search at his remote mountain cabin.
Federal law enforcement authorities involved in the Unabomber case are investigating whether there is a connection between suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski's brief failed relationship with a woman in Lombard, Ill., in 1978 and the beginnings that same year of a deadly bombing spree that continued sporadically until last year, according to sources close to the investigation. The soured relationship was brought to federal investigators' attention by Kaczynski's family as a troubling episode from his past and one of the only personal relationships they recall the intensely shy and reclusive Kaczynski having before he went into seclusion in a Lincoln, Mont., hideaway.
Theodore Kaczynski is escorted from the federal courthouse in Helena on Thursday. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
As a self-absorbed loner, the man suspected of being the Unabomber shares a classic profile with other accused terrorists in all but one respect, psychiatric specialists say: He is a good deal smarter than disaffected outsiders such as Timothy McVeigh, the prime suspect in the Oklahoma bombing. And it is that mixture of twisted psyche and high intelligence that appears to make Theodore J. Kaczynski unusual, they say. It is certainly what seems to have enabled him to elude law enforcement officials for so long. The Unabomber "is clearly someone who is paranoid and extremely insensitive, someone who can inflict enormous pain on others without caring," said Dr. Charles Ford, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, who has studied sociopathic killers. "But he also is an extremely bright individual who has a need to show the world how clever and bright he is."
1. The search for the Unabomber led the FBI to this cabin near Lincoln, Mont. Photo by CBS news 2. David Kaczynski, with his mother, Wanda, was torn between duty to society and family loyalty before he told investigators about his brother, Theodore. Photo by CBS news
The man suspected of sending lethal bombs from coast to coast lived a drab "bachelor's life" in a handmade Montana cabin, his former neighbor said. And two former colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley recalled that Theodore Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, had an uncanny talent for numbers but showed almost no interest in having contact with other teachers at the school.