“Man­hunt: Unabomber”

The Washington Post Sunday - - TELEVISION -

Pre­miered: Aug. 1 (Dis­cov­ery)

The real story: In April 1996, the FBI ap­pre­hended Theodore J. Kaczyn­ski at his re­mote Mon­tana cabin. The Har­vard grad­u­ate had be­come known in the news me­dia as the Unabomber, an anony­mous ter­ror­ist known for mail­ing and plant­ing ex­plo­sive-filled pack­ages that had killed three peo­ple and in­jured 23. Kaczyn­ski had eluded au­thor­i­ties for so long — 17 years — that in 1995, at the FBI’s rec­om­men­da­tion, The Wash­ing­ton Post pub­lished his 35,000 word man­i­festo.

The cast: Paul Bet­tany plays Kaczyn­ski. Sam Wor­thing­ton (“Avatar”) por­trays Jim Fitzger­ald, the po­lice of­fi­cer turned FBI pro­filer who used lan­guage anal­y­sis to help nab Kaczyn­ski. Jane Lynch (“Glee”) takes a brief turn as At­tor­ney Gen­eral Janet Reno.

THEODORE J. KACZYN­SKI IS FLANKED BY FED­ERAL AGENTS IN 1996. JOHN YOUNGBEAR/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Paul Bet­tany as Kaczyn­ski

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