Unabomb suspect ordered to face charges in California Montana judge orders Kaczynski to answer 10 federal counts

June 22, 1996|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

HELENA, MONT. -- Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski yesterday was ordered moved to Sacramento, Calif., to face charges in four bombing attacks that killed a lobbyist and a computer store owner and maimed two university professors.

Federal District Judge Charles C. Lovell issued the order, and the U.S. Marshal Service said later that Kaczynski will arrive in Sacramento Monday night.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski, the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento said.

After a nationwide manhunt for the elusive Unabomber believed responsible for killing three people and injuring 23 over a 17-year period, Kaczynski was arrested in early April at his cabin in Montana.

After arriving in the courtroom yesterday, Kaczynski, dressed in khaki pants and a green shirt, removed his sport coat, smiled and chatted with his attorneys.

Once the proceedings began, the bearded former University of California at Berkeley math professor listened attentively to the judge and answered several questions succinctly.

Kaczynski, 54, said "good morning" to the judge and responded to one question from Lovell about his condition by saying in a firm voice: "I am being treated very well." He did not contest Lovell's order moving him to Sacramento.

Kaczynski had been held in Montana on a single explosives charge. But that changed Tuesday when a grand jury in Sacramento indicted him on 10 bombing-related charges.

Yesterday, Lovell agreed to a request by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bernard F. Hubley to dismiss the Montana count to ease Kaczynski's transfer to California.

Kaczynski, formally arrested yesterday on the Unabomber charges, was brought from the county jail to the squat, five-story federal courthouse under heavy guard so that Lovell could establish his legal identity. Typically routine, the hearing was held in a courtroom crowded with reporters.

The 15-minute proceeding capped a week of stepped up activity in the Unabomber case. Even before the indictment, Lovell unsealed a lengthy affidavit federal investigators used to persuade the judge to allow them to search Kaczynski's shack off a gravel road four miles from the hamlet of Lincoln, about 60 miles from here.

The sworn statement by Terry D. Turchie, an FBI agent who has headed a San Francisco-based Unabomber task force, outlined similarities in the way the bombs were built, the methods of delivering them and the personal identification marks placed inside several of the bombs.

Underscoring those parallels, Turchie said, eight of the 16 bombs linked to the Unabomber bore a personal identification mark consisting of the initials "FC." For example, a part of the bomb that killed Sacramento computer store owner Hugh Scrutton in 1985 had "FC" stamped on it, according to Turchie's statement.

Kaczynski was identified by the alias "FC" in the indictment. The initials are the same ones the Unabomber used in his 35,000 word anti-technology treatise published last year by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Kaczynski's lawyer, Michael Donahoe, acknowledged his client's identity but said he "was not prepared to admit that he is also known as FC," as asserted by the government.

In correspondence, the Unabomber claimed the initials stood for an underground organization known as the Freedom Club. However, agents of the UNABOM task force have dismissed the existence of any organization, saying the Unabomber was a loner.

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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