Theodore John Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, is an American anarchist and domestic terrorist. In conjunction with this campaign he issued a wide-ranging social critique opposing industrialization and modern technology, Kaczynski was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois. While growing up in Evergreen Park he was a child prodigy, Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree. He subsequently earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan and he became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967 at age 25. In 1971, he moved to a cabin without electricity or running water in Lincoln, Montana. The Unabomber was the target of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigations costliest investigations, before Kaczynskis identity was known, the FBI used the title UNABOM to refer to his case, which resulted in the media calling him the Unabomber. Kaczynski tried unsuccessfully to dismiss his court-appointed lawyers because they wanted to plead insanity in order to avoid the death penalty and he has been designated a domestic terrorist by the FBI. Some anarcho-primitivist authors, such as John Zerzan and John Moore, have come to his defense, while also holding some reservations about his actions and ideas. Kaczynski was born on May 22,1942, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, to second-generation Polish Americans, Wanda, at six months of age, Kaczynski developed a severe case of hives. He was placed in isolation in a hospital where visitors were not allowed and he was treated several times at the hospital over an eight-month period. His mother wrote in March 1943, Baby home from hospital and is healthy, Kaczynski attended grades one through eight in Evergreen Park District 124 Schools. As a result of testing conducted in the grade, which determined he had an IQ of 167, he was allowed to skip the sixth grade. Kaczynski described this as an event in his life. He recalled not fitting in with the children and being subjected to their bullying. As a child, Kaczynski had a fear of people and buildings and his mother was so worried by his poor social development that she considered entering him in a study for autistic children led by Bruno Bettelheim. In his sophomore year at Harvard, Kaczynski participated in a personality assessment study conducted by Henry Murray, students in Murrays study were told they would be debating personal philosophy with a fellow student. Instead, they were subjected to a purposely brutalizing psychological experiment, during the test, students were taken into a room and connected to electrodes that monitored their physiological reactions, while facing bright lights and a one-way mirror. This was filmed, and students expressions of impotent rage were played back to several times later in the study
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15-year-old Ted Kaczynski's senior year book photo.