UNABOM Press Release Last Updated May 15, 1995 $1,000,000 Reward SERIES OF UNSOLVED BOMBIN
UNABOM Press Release
Last Updated May 15, 1995
SERIES OF UNSOLVED BOMBINGS
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Beginning in May, 1978, a series of bombing incidents have occurred
across the United States for which there is no apparent explanation or
motive. No person or group has been identified as the perpetrator(s)
of these incidents. The explosions have taken place in eight states
from Connecticut to California. As a result of these bombings, three
individuals have been killed and 23 others injured, some grievously.
No incidents associated with this series of bombings were identified
between 1987 and 1993. That changed in late June, 1993, when a well
known geneticist residing in Tiburon, California, and a renown
computer scientist from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut,
opened packages which had been mailed to them and both were severely
injured when these packages exploded. Eighteen months later an
advertising executive was killed at his home in North Caldwell, New
Jersey. That was followed by a bomb that killed a timber industry
lobbyist in Sacramento, CA, on April 24, 1995. The latest bombing was
the work of the same perpetrators(s).
Reason for making this information available (message.html)
A Message to the Users of the Internet
The information about the UNABOM investigation has previously been
made public. Recent print media accounts include: _New York
Times_ (12/12/94), _San Francisco Examiner_ (12/12/94), _San
Jose Mercury News_ (12/12/94), etc.
Earlier media accounts were presented on CBS's _"Eye to Eye" with
Connie Chung_ (12/16/93), and Fox's _"America's Most Wanted"_
(11/23/93). Newspaper stores about UNABOM have also appeared:
_Washington Post_ (11/27/93), _New York Times_ (10/7/93),
The purpose for submitting the information on the Internet is two-fold.
First, the Internet is another medium that enables us to reach as wide an
audience as possible; to "spread the word." Second, Internet users are
precisely the type of individuals that to date have been recipients of
explosive devices attributed to UNABOM; scholars and researchers.
You are not being asked to place yourself in harm's way. You are
encouraged to come forward if you have information that might help identify,
arrest, and convict the person(s) responsible for these bombings. Contact the
UNABOM Task Force at _1-800-701-2662_.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
UNABOM Task Force
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
Last updated: April 10, 1995
Description of UNABOM (body.html)
Description of the UNABOM Crimes
In the past, targets of the bomber have been associated with the
computer industry, the aircraft and airline industry and universities.
Eight of these devices have been mailed to specific individuals and
the other seven have been placed in locations which suggest there was
no specific intended victim. All but two of the explosive devices
functioned as designed and exploded. All 15 crimes, dubbed "UNABOM",
have had common effects: all have caused terror, grief, and fear. On
September 11, 1985, Hugh Scrutton, the owner of the Rentech Computer
Company, in Sacramento, California, was killed by one of these
diabolic devices. The two 1993 victims narrowly escaped death. On
December 10, 1994, advertising executive Thomas Mosser was killed when
a package mailed to his home exploded when he opened the package.
In response to the June, 1993, events, the Attorney General
directed that a task force of federal law enforcement agencies be
reestablished to urgently investigate and solve these crimes. The
UNABOM Task Force, consisting of investigators from the FBI, ATF,
and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, has been operational in
San Francisco and Sacramento, California, since July 12, 1993, and
is dedicated exclusively to the investigation of these crimes.
Among the clues in the case are the following words in what
appears to be a note possibly written by the bomber as a reminder
to make a telephone call: "call Nathan R--Wed 7PM." The UNABOM
Task Force believes that "Nathan R" may be associated, perhaps
innocently, with the bomber and that "Nathan R" may have received
a telephone call from the bomber on a Wednesday prior to the June,
The three most recent tragic bombings illustrate the senseless
and tragic consequences of these crimes and demonstrate the urgent
necessity of solving this case. This serial bomber will strike
again. We do not know who the next victim will be. We do believe
that there is someone out there who can provide the identity of
the person or persons responsible for these crimes. This person
may be a friend, a neighbor, or even a relative of the bomber(s).
Last updated: December 16, 1994
Chronology of the UNABOM crimes (chronology.html)
UNABOM's Chronology is as follows:
May 25, 1978
A package was found in the Engineering Department parking lot
at the Chicago Circle Campus of the University of Illinois. The
package was addressed to an Engineering Professor at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The package had a return
address of a Professor at Northwestern's Technological Institute.
The package was returned to the addressor who turned it over to
the Northwestern University Police Department because he had not
sent the package. On May 26, 1978 the parcel was opened by a
police officer who suffered minor injuries when the bomb
May 9, 1979
A disguised explosive device which had been left in a common
area in the University's Technological Institute, slightly injured
a graduate student on May 9, 1979, when he attempted to open the
box and it exploded.
November 15, 1979
An explosive device disguised as a parcel was mailed from
Chicago for delivery to an unknown location. The bomb detonated
in the cargo compartment of an airplane, forcing it to make an
emergency landing at Dulles Airport. Twelve individuals were
treated for smoke inhalation. The explosion destroyed the
wrapping to such an extent that the addressee could not be
June 10, 1980
A bomb disguised as a parcel postmarked June 8, 1980 was
mailed to an airline executive at his home in Lake Forest,
Illinois. The airline executive was injured in the explosion.
University of Utah,
Salt Lake City, Utah
October 8, 1981
An explosive device was found in the hall of a classroom
building and rendered safe by bomb squad personnel.
May 5, 1982
A wooden box containing a pipe bomb detonated on May 5, 1982,
when opened by a secretary in the Computer Science Department.
The secretary suffered minor injuries. The package was initially
mailed from Provo, Utah on April 23, 1982, to Pennsylvania State
University and then forwarded to Vanderbilt.
University of California,
July 2, 1982
A small metal pipe bomb was placed in a coffee break room of
Cory Hall at the University's Berkeley Campus. A Professor of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was injured when he
picked up the device.
May 8, 1985
A parcel bomb was mailed on May 8, 1985, to the Boeing
Company, Fabrication Division. On June 13, 1985, the explosive
device was discovered when employees opened it. The device was
rendered safe by bomb squad personnel without injury.
University of California,
May 15, 1985
A bomb detonated in a computer room at Cory Hall on the
Berkeley Campus. A graduate student in Electrical Engineering
lost partial vision in his left eye and four fingers from his
right hand. The device was believed to have been placed in the
room several days prior to detonation.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 15, 1985
A textbook size package was mailed to the home of a
University of Michigan Professor in Ann Arbor, Michigan from Salt
Lake City. On November 15, 1985, a Research Assistant suffered
injuries when he opened the package. The Professor was a few feet
away but was not injured.
December 11, 1985
Mr. Hugh Scrutton was killed outside his computer rental
store when he picked up a device disguised as a road hazard left
near the rear entrance to the building. Metal shrapnel from the
blast ripped through Scrutton's chest and penetrated his heart.
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 20, 1987
On February 20, 1987, an explosive device disguised as a road
hazard was left at the rear entrance to CAAMs, Inc. (computer
store). The bomb exploded and injured the owner when he attempted
to pick up the device.
June 22, 1993
On June 22, 1993, a well known geneticist received a parcel
postmarked June 18, 1993, at his residence. The doctor attempted
to open the package at which time it exploded severely injuring
him. It has been determined that this parcel was mailed from
New Haven, Connecticut
June 24, 1993
On June 24, 1993, a Professor/Computer Scientist at Yale
University attempted to open a parcel which he had received at his
office. This parcel exploded severely injuring him. It has been
determined that this parcel was mailed from Sacramento, California
on June 18, 1993.
North Caldwell, New Jersey
December 10, 1994
Mr. Thomas Mosser, a New York City advertising executive, was
killed in his home when he opened a package addressed to him. The
package was mailed from the San Francisco area and bore the return
address of a fictitious professor at San Francisco State University.
April 24, 1995
Mr. Gilbert Murray, president of the California Forrestry Association,
was killed at his office when he opened a package addressed to a
person who formerly worked at that location. The package had been
mailed apparently at the same time as letters sent by the bomber to
the _New York Times_ and to the Yale University professor who
received a bomb on June 24, 1993.
Last updated: May 15, 1995
Sketch of UNABOM suspect (unabom-suspect.html)
Other access to UNABOM information (other-access.html)
The UNABOM Task Force is appealing to the public for assistance. For
this purpose, a _one million dollar reward_ is being offered for
information resulting in the identification, arrest and conviction of
the person(s) responsible. _Contact the UNABOM Task Force at 1-(800)
701-2662_ or email to email@example.com.
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