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Kaczynski’s Cabin Is Moved to Air Force Base

From Times Wire Services

The plywood cabin where Theodore J. Kaczynski lived alone in the Montana woods was moved early Wednesday to a U.S. Air Force base for safekeeping, the FBI said.

The one-room cabin was moved about 70 miles from near Lincoln, Mont., to Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls, said George Grotz, a spokesman for the FBI’s Unabomber task force in San Francisco.

Kaczynski, 53, a Harvard-educated mathematician who is suspected of being the Unabomber, was arrested at the cabin April 3 on a charge that he possessed bomb components. He is jailed in Helena and has not been charged with any of the Unabomber crimes.

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The Unabomber killed three people and injured 23 during a 17-year bombing campaign.

Kaczynski’s lawyer had asked that the cabin be moved and the FBI reportedly wanted it secured as evidence.

The cabin, consisting of one room and a loft, was on a 1.4-acre site. It has been sealed off by the FBI since Kaczynski’s arrest. Moving the cabin avoided the risk that members of the public, attracted by the notoriety of the case, might take pieces of the cabin as souvenirs. It also keeps any evidence intact, law enforcement sources said.

The 10-by-12-foot cabin, covered with a green plastic tarp, was moved by flatbed truck during the night and reached the Malmstrom gate before dawn, KRTV-TV of Great Falls reported.

The cabin will be stored at an undisclosed location on the base, said Lt. Dave Honchul, a Malmstrom spokesman.

The FBI has said it seized more than 720 pieces of evidence from the cabin, including a live pipe bomb, a partially completed bomb and a typewriter the FBI believes was used to type the Unabomber’s rambling 35,000-word anti-technology manifesto published late last year by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that federal investigators found a secret identifying number used by the Unabomber on a letter in Kaczynski’s cabin.


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