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. Cesar

    Good job FBI, get that SOB- I charge for my precious DNA. $150,000 an ounce.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Now *why* hasn't his DNA taken *years* ago?
    I would have thought his DNA would have been on file all along. I saw on our morning news that he's indignant because he's "never handled cyanide".
    Yeah, Ted, I'll just take your word for it!
    Just do the right thing for once in your bloody life and give the DNA.
    Unless you're afraid that the authorities will connect you to a previously crime not attributed to you...

    May 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    I'm real Cesar and I like swallowing dna.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mary

    Real Cesar, please try swallowing some intelligence! You have spent so long swallowing stuff that hasn't helped you at all! You still get so excited when people start posting interesting relevent information that you just loose your mind in the excitement and start with the 7th grade babble! Calm down, take your time to form a complete educated thought! It will be ok, really! If we play the theme song for Sesame Street would that help the sentences come together for you? Enough of you, poof... be gone. Why does any criminal have any rights once they have been found guilty? Can't they just get the fork or glass off his food tray and use that for DNA? Would it be enough? What could he do about it if they did that? He's doing life and if the DNA matched, case would be solved & closed. What would the point be to take him to trial and give him more time?~MARY~

    May 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Mary don't talk to Cesar that way, you are a B!TCHHH. Start by wiping your ass mtherfker

    May 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hanna Barbera

    @Mary:

    That Cesar is a troll. Now you have been trolled, also.

    Number one rule: NEVER feed the trolls! Addressing one is feeding them.

    Happy blogging!

    May 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George Patton

    Good post, Hanna Barbera. Thank you.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    @mary, to answer your question, I recently saw an episode of real cold case files where they swabbed a stamp from the eighties to collect evidence on a suspect. So yes if they have an envelope they know he used they should be able to collect dna from it. The catch is proving he handled the envelope though.

    May 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    It does seem like dna could be had in his cell – toothbrush, toilet seat, hair brush, clothes, as mary said, his eating utensils.

    While he's in an interview room saying he won't do it, they could comb his cell. Or is that beneath them?

    Seems, like banasy said, they should have it on file.

    May 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ellis From Panama

    I love to swallow.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @fake Cesar 2:29: your wife and kids are all wh*/res. You are a POS.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pamela

    WOW after all these years. you dont get a request after taking life out of people who will always be missed. how dare you to fix your foul mouth to even ask for such things. May god have mercy on your soul

    May 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pamela

    @mary omg you are to funny......

    May 20, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ellis from Panama

    I was born GAY, and I have no regrets. Gary! Joe! Jacob! James! Arthur! My list of guys is never ending. Ha heh ha heh.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. JohnH

    By all means they have to check out anything they can. But it's absurd that the Unabomber was also the Tylenol killer. Most serial killers do not change motives and operandi mid stream. Once they are into doing what they do, that is it. The Unabomber's focus was technology and most of his killings involved wood in some way. (Wood and the forest was one of his obsessions).

    Somebody also tried to pin the Zodiac killings on Ted as well, but the body type wasn't even close and again, the motive there doesn't fit him at all. (Kaczynski is small in stature- the Zodiac was tall and hulking).

    May 20, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
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