Captain America: Civil War‘s Paul Bettany will star as American domestic terrorist and anarchist, Ted “The Unabomber” Kaczynski, who killed three people and injured 23 others between 1978 and 1995.
The Discovery Channel announced the eight-episode series, titled Manifesto, will also star Avatar‘s Sam Worthington (as FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald) and Game of Thrones’ Keisha Castle-Hughes (as Fitz’s street-agent partner, Tabby), and The Good Wife’s Chris North (as Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI who supervised the Unabomber Task Force.)
The series is set to premiere later this year.
Who was the Unabomber?
Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski was an American anarchist, mathematical prodigy, and domestic terrorist. He grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois and was named a child mathematical prodigy, excelling academically from an early age – he has an I.Q of 167.
Aged just 16-years-old, he was accepted into Harvard University where he earned an undergraduate degree and later gained a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. At 25-years-old, he became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, but resigned just two years later. That was when he decided to change his path in life…
In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin in Lincoln, Montana without electricity or running water, where he lived a reclusive life while learning survival skills. Between 1978 and 1995, Kaczynski began a nationwide bombing campaign against people involved with modern technology. He would plant or mail homemade bombs, which killed three people and injuring 23 others.
Kaczynski sent an anonymous handwritten letter addressed to the police via The New York Times on April 24th, 1995 promising “to desist from terrorism” if the Times or the Washington Post published his article: Industrial Society and Its Future or the “Unabomber Manifesto”). He argued that the bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organization.
Napa County sheriff’s Captain Kenneth A. Narlow, who retired soon after the Unabomber was captured, recalled, “It was him saying, ‘I’ll match wits with you any day.'” James A. Fox, professor of criminology at Northeastern University, also added in an interview with the L.A Times, “He’s proven over the last 17 years that he’s very careful, very thorough, and very cunning.”
The letter taunted the police officers but it wasn’t long after the manifesto was published that he was finally caught….
His sister-in-law and his brother recognized his style of writing causing them to tip off the FBI. Kaczynski then entered a plea agreement and he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
His case was explored in depth in Alston Chase’s book A Mind For Murder: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism – available to buy on Amazon here: