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May 24, 2012

Is it inappropriate to find Unabomber's 50th Harvard reunion entry amusing?

TK profileThe quirky question in the title of this post is prompted by this story from the Boston Globe, which is headlined "Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, lists himself in Harvard 1962 alumni report; says ‘awards’ include eight life sentences." Here are the details:

Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who is serving life in prison for sending deadly mail bombs, won’t be able to attend his 50th reunion festivities at Harvard College.  But he did contribute a bizarre entry to the alumni report for the class of 1962.

While many of his classmates sent in lengthy updates on their lives for the 2 ½-inch-thick “red book,” the entry for “Theodore John Kaczynski” only contains nine lines.  The listing says his occupation is “Prisoner,” and his home address is “No. 04475-046, US Penitentiary—Max, P.O. Box 8500, Florence, CO 8126-8500.”  Under the awards section, the listing says, “Eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998.”...

The widow of one of Kaczynski’s victims said she was “disappointed in Harvard.”  Susan Mosser, widow of Thomas Mosser, a 50-year-old advertising executive who was killed in December 1994 when a package exploded in the kitchen of their New Jersey home, said, “Kaczynski is a con artist.  He’s a serial killer, he’s a murderer. ... Everything is a game for him to push people’s buttons.”  She said if Harvard did not publish his information, she thinks he would have tried to sue the school for excluding it.

A Harvard Alumni Association spokesman confirmed that Kaczynski submitted the entry and said it was considered within the guidelines set for the book, which is titled, “Harvard and Radcliffe Classes of 1962 -- Fiftieth Anniversary Report.”  The books are ultimately by the alumni for the alumni, the spokesman said.

“I don’t fault them on that,” said one of Kaczynski’s classmates, John Higginson, who now lives in Arizona and is participating in the reunion events in Cambridge this week.  He said the entries are written by the alumni, and rather than making Harvard look bad, the entry makes Kaczynski look bad for writing it.

Kaczynski evaded the FBI for nearly 20 years while killing three people and injuring 23 others with bombs sent through the US mail.

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Thank the Supreme Court for the damage this paranoid schizophrenic has caused. Instead of forcing treatment when nesessary after a two physician examination, the how have imposed the requirement of a dangerous act, a trial requiring three lawyers, and will only permit treatment after a lawyer says so. There was little or no psychiatric abuse. What there was could be remedied with criminal and tort charges against any doctor acting in bad faith. Now he qualifies for treatment. Paranoid schizophrenics murder 2000 people a year, as in the V Tech incident. These are pointless or delusional murders and totally preventable by coerced, enforced treatment.

The federal lawyers running psychiatry today have over the edge recently, seeking to impose the Recovery model, putting the patient, an insane person in total charge of treatment decisions.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 24, 2012 8:55:53 AM

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