#99 – The Unabomber and The Zodiac

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Doug Oswell is an amateur investigator and author of the 2007 book, The Unabomber and The Zodiac. He describes himself as follows: “I was born in 1952 to a military family and spent half of my childhood years in foreign places, notably Germany and North Africa. My family settled in Dover, Delaware, where I matriculated at Delaware State University, co-majoring in History and Biology. Leaving college just short of a degree, I embarked upon a personal quest to understand the nature of artistic creativity. This quest drew me inevitably toward the study of extreme types of human behavior, and the large body of fascinating case history regarding particular criminals and their crimes. Among those accounts was the strange and challenging case of San Francisco’s legendary Zodiac Killer, arguably the most enigmatic criminal in United States history. In the spring of 1995, as accounts of the yet-uncaptured Unabomber began to filter through the media, I immediately noticed a distinct set of similarities between the methods and motives of the Unabomber and the Zodiac. One year later, the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski and the consequent flood of information pertaining to his past, did nothing to allay my growing suspicion that Kaczynski may have actually committed the crimes of Zodiac. In September of 1996 I appeared on NBC TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” beginning a process of research and investigation that has made Theodore Kaczynski one of the most promising suspects in a case called “America’s Jack the Ripper.” My latest production, “The Unabomber and the Zodiac,” is based on more than ten years’ research into the methods, motives and psychological attributes of its principals. I currently reside in Dover, Delaware where, between my career as a network technician, reading history and playing the Renaissance lute, I continue to explore the fascinating connection between the Unabomber and the Zodiac.”

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2 Comments

  1. Linda
    Posted July 8, 2007 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Great interview! The common psychology of these two is fascinating. Would love to hear more questions/answers relating to the similarities in use of allusion.

  2. T
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    There should be another show devoted to this topic. One show just isn’t enough…
    Very fascinating!

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