But Fitzgerald and his colleagues did have one important source of evidence: In the 1990s, the Unabomber began sending letters about his crimes to the media and some of his victims.
Fitzgerald, now retired, is the central character in a new scripted miniseries on The Discovery Channel called Manhunt: Unabomber, starring actors Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany.
A profiler is an individual, in most cases already in the criminal justice system, in law enforcement, who essentially looks for behavioral clues at a crime scene.
But in 1987 is when a witness inside a computer store looked out the window as the Unabomber was putting down one of his devices, and that's where that iconic composite sketch comes from [with the aviator sunglasses and the hood] and that was about the only real lead that the FBI or any agency had up until 1987 — that's nine years into this bombing campaign.
This is an elaborate plagiarism, someone got The Washington Post version of the manifesto, got an old typewriter, got some old paper, and sat down and just made their own little fun outline and gave it to David Kaczynski, whatever.
- Look for one of the Duplass brothers on 'Manhunt: Unabomber' Tuesday nightThe Advocate
- Manhunt: Unabomber sneak peek of Mark Duplass as David KaczynskiMonsters and Critics.com
- 'Manhunt: Unabomber' explores the life of murderer Ted KaczynskiFox News
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