Ted Kaczynski, better known as the “Unabomber,” recently reached out to a select group of journalists, telling them that he’d agree to be interviewed under very specific conditions.
Kaczynski, a convicted domestic terrorist and anarchist who engaged in a nationwide bombing campaign between 1978 and 1995 that left three dead and 23 injured, sent a hand-written note to New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright.
Wright tweeted a photo of the note Kaczynski sent from the maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, where he began serving his first life sentence in 1998.
The Unabomber reached out. Thanks, Ted, you're not nuts at all. https://t.co/enTCOO02MI— Lawrence Wright (@Lawrence Wright) 1463955324.0
“In order to determine who will get the interview, I am asking you to write me back affirming that you understand that I am not mentally ill as my brother, Dave, would have you believe,” the note, which was dated April 4, read.
David Kaczynski, 66, helped investigators identify his older brother Ted as the “Unabomber,” bringing the 16-bomb rampage that lasted nearly two decades to an end.
“The Unabomber reached out. Thanks, Ted, you’re not nuts at all,” Wright tweeted Sunday.
After receiving criticism for displaying a lack of sensitivity, the writer later apologized for being “unnecessarily snarky.”
After consideration I agree with my critics that my response to the Unabomber was unnecessarily snarky. His mental illness is sadly evident.— Lawrence Wright (@Lawrence Wright) 1464025495.0
Kaczynski specified in his letter that he would grant only one interview and that the interviewer would have to confirm that he is not crazy.
After apologizing for the initial tweet, Wright clarified to his followers the he will not be conducting that interview.
For the record I'm not interviewing Unabomber, stop asking!— Lawrence Wright (@Lawrence Wright) 1464058764.0
Kaczynski was captured and arrested in April 1996, after which he was convicted and sentenced to four life terms.
David Kaczynski authored the book, “The Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family,” which describes his brother's battle with mental illness.