Blast From The Past

Could Con­ditt have stud­ied the cases of in­fa­mous Amer­i­can se­rial bombers in or­der to be­come a suc­cess­ful killer him­self?

Real Crime - - A Ticking Time Bomb -

Eric Ru­dolph The Olympic Park Bomber

Ru­dolph was con­victed for a se­ries of anti- abor­tion and anti­gay- mo­ti­vated bomb­ings be­tween 1996 and 1998, which took place across the south­ern United States. Two peo­ple were killed and more than 120 oth­ers in­jured in the blasts, most of which oc­curred dur­ing the Cen­ten­nial Olympic Park bomb­ing on 27 July dur­ing the 1996 Sum­mer Olympics.

Mo­tive: Rad­i­cal Chris­tian and po­lit­i­cal views

Theodore ‘ Ted’ Kaczyn­ski The Un­abomber

Kaczyn­ski’s na­tion­wide reign of ter­ror be­gan with care­fully placed par­cel bombs that pro­gressed into spe­cially mailed ex­plo­sives. Tar­get­ing univer­si­ties and air­lines, he earned the moniker ‘ the Un­abomber’ and killed three peo­ple, se­ri­ously wound­ing 23 more. His man­i­festo was printed in the press, lead­ing to his cap­ture in 1995, when his sis­ter- in- law and brother recog­nised the ide­olo­gies and lan­guage used.

Mo­tive: A revo­lu­tion aimed against mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and in­dus­try

Ge­orge Metesky The Mad Bomber

For 16 years, through­out the 1940s and 1950, Metesky ter­rorised New York City us­ing ex­plo­sives, which he planted in phone booths, stor­age lock­ers and re­strooms in pub­lic places such as Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion, the New York Pub­lic Li­brary and RCA of­fices. Metesky ad­mit­ted to plac­ing 32 bombs but was de­clared le­gally in­sane. He was com­mit­ted to a men­tal hospi­tal, where he died in 1994.

Mo­tive: Re­venge on his for­mer em­ployer, the Con­sol­i­dated Edi­son util­ity com­pany

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