Suspect’s Trail Leads From Montana to California
HELENA, Mont. (AP) _ Federal investigators have placed Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski in Northern California on dates when bombs were mailed from the region, a law enforcement source said today.
The last four bombs from the Unabomber were mailed from Northern California, including two postmarked in Sacramento.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, cautioned that investigators were still going through records.
In Sacramento, Burger King manager Mike Singh said he had seen Kaczynski a few times in recent years at the restaurant, which is next to the downtown bus depot.
``He looked like one of those bums who come in in the morning and have a sandwich and cup of coffee and walk out,″ Singh said.
Frank Hensley, a desk clerk at the nearby Royal Hotel, told The Associated Press he saw Kaczynski in the neighborhood near the bus depot. He said Kaczynski stayed at the hotel two or three times over the past five years, usually in the late spring or summer.
``If it wasn’t for all this, I’d be expecting to see him about now,″ Hensley said, referring to Kaczynski’s arrest last week.
Ronald Henry, manager and part-owner of the Royal and several other hotels near the bus station, said FBI agents showed up at the hotels simultaneously Saturday morning and took registration cards for June 17, 1993, through June 24, 1993.
On June 22, 1993, a geneticist at the University of California at Sacramento was injured by a Unabomber bomb mailed from Sacramento. Another bomb mailed from Sacramento wounded a Yale University computer scientist on June 24, 1993.
A bomb mailed from San Francisco in 1994 killed a New Jersey advertising executive. And a fourth bomb postmarked in Oakland, Calif., exploded April 24, 1995, killing a timber industry lobbyist in Sacramento.
The source also said FBI agents are checking hotels near bus depots in Oakland and San Francisco, where other devices and letters attributed to the Unabomber were mailed.
In Washington today, the lawyer who told the FBI of the Kaczynski family’s suspicions said they never sought assurances that the government would waive the death penalty.
Kaczynski’s mother wasn’t told of the suspicions until about two weeks ago, said Tony Bisceglie, lawyer for Kaczynski’s brother, David.
``She expressed her sincere belief that Ted could not be the Unabomber, but if it was, he must be stopped,″ Bisceglie told reporters.
David Kaczynski tipped authorities after noticing his brother’s old writings were similar to the Unabomber’s anti-technology manifestos, the lawyer said.
``There were similarities in ideology, phraseology and the spelling of certain words,″ Bisceglie said.
``I think that David is in shock. I think that David thinks that his brother was involved.″
He said the family didn’t know about the government’s $1 million reward.
Investigators building a case against Kaczynski are searching the country for evidence that the reclusive former math professor left his tar-paper shack near the Continental Divide to mail or leave bombs in other states.
Agents searching the Montana cabin have found evidence directly linking him to one of the bombings, the Los Angeles Times reported, quoting sources who would not provide any specifics.
A federal official told The Associated Press investigators defused a live bomb that was found in the cabin, where they also found bomb-making chemicals and components, and notes on making bombs.
The Los Angeles newspaper said that device not only was completed, but had batteries attached. The newspaper’s sources would not say if they had evidence that Kaczynski was preparing to deliver that bomb.
Federal prosecutors from California, New Jersey, Montana, Connecticut, Illinois and Utah met in Washington today to discuss how to proceed with the case, including choosing a coordinator for the investigation.
Kaczynski, 53, was taken into custody at his cabin near Lincoln, Mont., on April 3 and is being held without bail in Helena. He has been charged in federal court with possession of bomb-making materials.
The charge is intended to keep Kaczynski in custody while investigators build a case against him for the bombings that killed three people and injured 23 in nine states over the past 18 years.
The painstaking search of Kaczynski’s small cabin was expected to continue into the week, FBI spokesman George Grotz said.
A typewriter found in the cabin appears to be the one the Unabomber used to type the manifesto and letters.
Agents found anti-technology writings in the cabin that could be early drafts of the Unabomber’s 35,000-word manifesto, the San Francisco Chronicle reported today.
A source close to the case said the writings ``echo in style and tone″ the treatise published last year by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
The Chicago Tribune, also citing unidentified sources, reported Sunday that agents determined that Kaczynski was in the Chicago area when the first four Unabomber devices were planted or mailed from there in the late 1970s and early 1980s.