FBI: We want Unabomber's DNA in 1982 laced-Tylenol case
Ted Kaczynski, the convicted killer known as the Unabomber, is escorted from court after being sentenced to life in jail in 1998.
May 19th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

FBI: We want Unabomber's DNA in 1982 laced-Tylenol case

Authorities want to take DNA samples from "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski in connection with their investigation into the 1982 incident in which seven people died after taking Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide, according to the FBI office in Chicago.

"As part of the re-examination of the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, the FBI attempted to secure DNA from numerous individuals, including Ted Kaczynski," said Cynthia Yates, FBI spokeswoman. "To date, Kaczynski has declined to voluntarily provide samples."

However, in a handwritten motion filed in federal court aimed at stopping the online auction of possessions taken from his Montana cabin in 1996, Kaczynski writes that he did agree - with a condition - to provide the sample.

Kaczynski, 68, killed three people and wounded 23 others in a string of bombings from 1978 to 1995. The FBI dubbed him the "Unabomber" because of his early targets - universities and airlines. He was arrested in 1996, pleaded guilty in 1998 and is now serving a life term in the federal "Supermax" prison in Florence, Colorado.

On April 27, Kaczynski writes in the motion filed May 9, prison officials told him that "the Chicago office of 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. The officers said the FBI was prepared to get a court order to compel me to provide the DNA sample, but wanted to know whether I would provide the sample voluntarily."

Kaczynski said he asked for time to think about it, and said he later sent a written response to prison officials saying he would provide the sample voluntarily "if the FBI would satisfy a certain condition that is not relevant here."

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  1. Canadian Genius

    "Satisfy a certain condition"? Immunity from further prosecution maybe? Seeing that he will never get out of jail, that would be a moot point. Maybe it's something more basic, like some creature comforts in his cell.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Or closure for the victims families?

      May 19, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Closure for the victims' families would be good motivation for the authorities, but I doubt Dr. K cares.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. DaveNYUSA

    This is JUST NOW occurring to these geniuses?

    May 19, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dwyane Bosh

    he probably wants an iPad2 w/internet. Just think, he's never seen youtube before.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Funny but vastly untrue. Kaczynsk is greatly against the internet and its capabilities. He is more offended that his belongings are being auctioned online than actually being auctioned in the first place. My guess would have something to do with the online auction itself.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    But they didn't "want" bin Laden?


    May 19, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. mary

    I thought he was dead! And didn't they charge a woman here in Seattle Washington for the Tylenol crime? I thought she was charged with that when she killed her husband with the poisioned Tylenol! If he licked the envelope when he sent his letter to the FBI would that be enough DNA for the FBI or is that only on TV? One last thing, they have lots of his things that they want to auction off couldn't his DNA be on some of that? Jeez, I really thought this guy was dead! ~MARY~

    May 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I believe you are thinking of one of the copycat cases. There were several. The original Tylenol case was unsolved, though there have been several suspects.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • LizzyR

      Copycat case. The original Tylenol case has never been solved.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vernon Gray

    Maybe he wants movie rights.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. janes

    Just get the court order, he's retarded. What bargaining position is an incarcerated domestic terrorist in, regardless how small or irrelevant the conditions are?

    May 19, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Big Game James

    @michaelfury let it go. He's dead.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      He probably thinks Hitler is still alive too.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Big Game James

    Swab his cell. It's their prison can't they collect dna samples from their property? Bed, sink, toilet. Take him out swab the cell!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      They should take him out and swab his face with their fists. But he has certain rights, doesn't he.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. CaveAdsum

    Kaczynski may be an insane serial murderer, but he's certainly not "retarded." One of the "reasons" for his bombings was that information technology made his PhD in mathematics worthless. A more apt description would be Luddite.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    I thought the brother had made friends with one of the victims. Couldn't they just use his DNA?

    May 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. sosidecop

    He's probably living better than he ever did(at taxpayers expense)in prison than in his cabin.he'll probably outlive us all.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Curly

    He's in prison. How hard can it be to get a dna sample from this a$$h0le?

    May 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jenerous

    Hitler is still alive. I saw him in Kalamazoo with Elvis. They were arguing over who gets to drive. Then all of a sudden Elvis started to beat the dogsnot out of Hitler. It seems he was all shook up over H stepping on his blue suede shoes. Obl died yrs ago. Everyone knows that!

    May 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LizzyR

    It would be good if this case could finally be solved.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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