Unabomber – In His Own Words
Updated: Nov 23, 2022
(available on Netflix)
Warning: Graphic images
FTC Rating: 3 out of 5
This four-part docuseries explores the life and crimes of Ted Kaczynski, a child prodigy turned serial bomber, famously known in the media as the Unabomber. It seeks to understand why this Harvard educated mathematics professor would kill three people and injure twenty-three others in the name of his extreme anarchist ideology.
- Interview with Ted Kaczynski’s brother and sister-in-law
- Overview of the community in rural Montana which the Unabomber called home, features interviews with neighbors and their experiences
- Explains the devices used and how these became more sophisticated over time
- Features interviews with members of the FBI taskforce in charge of case and how the Unabomber was ultimately apprehended
- Deep dive in Kaczynski’s background, personality, and belief system
- The Harvard Experiment tapes
- It would be interesting to learn about the code the Unabomber developed for his journals
- The computer graphic explosions are problematic. This choice of transition has a cartoonish feeling and detracts from the seriousness of the crimes.
- Except for the interview with survivor, Gary Wright, the victims are an afterthought in this docuseries
- Overall, the docuseries has a low-budget feel
-I found it fascinating how detached Ted Kaczynski was during his tapes. It speaks volumes about his chosen method to kill. He murdered at a distance, without having to be confronted by the results.
- I am not a big fan of fictionalized True Crime shows (apart from Mindhunter which is excellent) but I enjoyed and recommend Manhunt: Unabomber.
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