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FBI considers Unabomber in unsolved 1982 Tylenol-poisoning case

The FBI wants DNA from Ted Kaczynski for a 30-year-old unsolved case. The 'Unabomber' argues that his belongings, currently on sale, could exonerate him in the Tylenol case.

Personal items that once belonged to Ted Kaczynski, the convicted Unabomber serving a life sentence, are displayed in Atlanta for an online auction. Proceeds will benefit the victims' families. The items include handwritten letters, typewriters, tools, clothing, and several hundred books.

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Nearly 30 years ago, someone in the Chicago area laced bottles of Tylenol pain and flu medicine with cyanide, killing seven people. Years later, Theodore Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, was arrested at his remote cabin in Montana, charged with killing three people and injuring 23 others in an 18-year bombing campaign.

Is there a link between Mr. Kaczynski and the Tylenol poisonings – one of the most important unsolved crimes in recent US history?

The FBI wants to know, and it’s seeking a fresh DNA sample from Kaczynski as part of its investigation.

"As part of our re-examination of the evidence developed in connection with the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, we have attempted to secure DNA samples from numerous individuals, including Ted Kaczynski," the Chicago office of the FBI acknowledged in a statement Thursday.

Kaczynski, who is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole at a supermax federal prison in Colorado, denies any involvement in the Tylenol case.

"I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide," he wrote in a 10-page letter filed in the US District Court in Sacramento, Calif.

News that the FBI wanted Kaczynski’s DNA as part of its Tylenol poisoning investigation came from Kaczynski himself.

He’s trying to halt the auction of his property – part of the effort to raise the $15 million in restitution that he owes the victims of his bombings. The online auction began this week.


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