Unabomber: FBI Wants My DNA in Tylenol Investigation

Ted Kaczynski says he's not the culprit, though
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
FBI Wants DNA Samples From Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in Tylenol Investigation
Ted Kaczynski in a 1996 file photo.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

The Unabomber case just took a weird twist: The FBI has him on its list of suspects in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings that killed seven people, reports the Chicago Tribune. Ted Kaczynski himself made the revelation in legal papers he filed seeking to block a federal auction of his personal belongings from going forward later this month. In his 10-page motion, Kaczynski mentioned that the FBI wants a DNA sample from him as part of the Tylenol investigation. Today, the feds confirmed it's true.

“As part of our re-examination of the evidence developed in connection with the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, we have attempted to secure DNA samples from numerous individuals, including Ted Kaczynski," said an agency statement, without offering details. "To date, Mr. Kaczynski has declined to voluntarily provide this sample." Kaczysnki wrote that he's not the culprit—"I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide"—and argued that the possessions about to be auctioned could help prove it. He said, for example, that he wrote about his crimes in coded language, and those are among the hand-written documents to be sold. (We think the price just went up.)

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