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Theodore Kaczynski Kaczynski shortly after his arrest in April 1997. (File Photo)
The Trial and Conviction
Solitary Again, but Prison Life Has Amenities, July 4, 1998
After spending nearly three decades alone in a cramped, crude cabin in the Montana woods, the convicted Unabomber has plenty of modern amenities in his new home – the Supermax federal prison.

Kaczynski Sentenced to Four Life Terms, May 5, 1998
An unrepentant Theodore J. Kaczynski was sentenced to four life terms in prison after his victims confronted him in court with declarations of pain and pleas for vengeance.

Kaczynski Pleads Guilty, Jan. 23, 1998
Kaczynski confessed that he was the terrorist Unabomber as part of a plea bargain that spares him the death penalty.

Attorneys Agree Kaczynski May Represent Himself, Jan. 21, 1998
Attorneys for the government and defense say Kaczynski has the right to represent himself in court as he requested.

Kaczynski Competent to Stand Trial, January 20, 1998
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree with a government psychiatrist that Kaczynski is competent to stand trial.

Secret Panel Decides Who Faces Death Penalty, Jan. 11, 1998
Every few weeks a secret committee gathers to decide which federal defendants should face the death penalty.

Kaczynski Agrees to Mental Exam, January 9, 1998
Suspected of trying to commit suicide in his jail cell, Kaczynski agrees to a psychiatric evaluation of his competence to stand trial and to conduct his own defense.

Judge Faces Unsettling Questions, January 9, 1998
How can a man who may have tried to hang himself in his jail cell be considered competent to stand trial or represent himself in court?

Unabomber Trial Halted As It Begins, January 6, 1998
The Unabomber trial came to a mysterious and sudden stop when Kaczynski blurted out to the court that he had a "very important" statement to make privately about his attorneys.

The Case
The Case Against Kaczynski, November 9, 1997
A trove of incriminating evidence will form the core of the government's case against Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski. What possible defense will Kaczynski, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, offer?

The Defendant
Bookish Recluse Lived Sparse Cabin Existence, April 4, 1996
People in Lincoln, Mont., thought of him as the ultimate recluse -- in a town that was already isolated, he chose to live five miles away in the hills. The way Kaczynski lived may offer clues to his past.

The Victims
To Unabom Victims, a Deeper Mystery, April 14, 1996
The Unabomber's victims were scattered around the country, unknown to each other and probably unknown to the Unabomber himself. Many have asked the question, "Why me?"

The Jury
Profiles of Unabomber Jury, December 23, 1997
Brief profiles of the 12 jurors and six alternates picked to hear the trial of Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski. All are white and are serving anonymously.

The Family
Kaczynski's Brother Expresses Sadness, Relief, Jan. 24, 1998
Even after hearing the Unabomber described in court as a deranged and gleeful serial murderer, David Kaczynski felt the almost indescribable connection that can exist between two brothers.

Sale of Illinois House Led to Break in Probe, April 5, 1996
Former neighbors recall the Kaczynski family as friendly and civic-minded, but unusually serious and intellectual, and obsessed with the educational advancement of the two sons.

The Manifesto
Reputed 'Manifesto' Found in Suspect's Cabin, April 13, 1996
In what could be the critical piece of evidence tying Kaczynski to a 17-year reign of terror, federal agents recovered what they believe is a draft of the Unabomber "manifesto"--a lengthy treatise railing against modern society and technology--in the suspect's remote Montana cabin.

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