The Scapegoating of Ted Kaczynski: Cereal Murder and the Group Mind
Joan d’Arc: Michael, in your excellent on-line article entitled “The Scapegoat: Ted Kaczynski, Ritual Murder and the Invocation of Catastrophe,” (now available in the book Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare) you write that the Unabom case has been “rubber-stamped in newsrooms with the logo of the FBI.” As you explain, a very un-American collusion between the media and the FBI from the beginning primed the public for Ted Kaczynski’s guilt without due process and trial. Have we been witness again to a ‘lone nut’ in the making?
Michael Hoffman: Yes, this is the point I make in my essay, “Profiling the FBI’s Unabom Charade.” It fits the classic profile from Oswald to Arthur Bremer to Tim McVeigh. The tip-off is when you see, at the height of the investigation, that the chief suspect is apprehended and yet there is no search for accomplices. This was true with “Son of Sam” and with Kaczynski. How was the FBI so certain Kaczynski had zero accomplices? Because they had Kaczynski under surveillance for years. They were shepherding him. Unabom is a Federal government operation.