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What to do with a murderer’s 35,000 words

Reflecting on the decision to publish the manifesto that led to the arrest of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, who recently died in prison.

Updated: June 9, 2023
Issue overview In 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post each were mailed the so-called “manifesto” of the Unabomber, a then-unidentified terrorist who’d killed three people and hurt 23 others via mail bombs. The package of more than 55 pages of single-spaced, typewritten pages came with a threat — publish the enclosure in its […]
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