Quotes From James Fitzgerald's Books About The Unabomber Give A Fascinating Look Inside The Case

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Serial killers may be entertaining fodder for television, but for the real people charged with hunting them down, it's a serious undertaking. Discovery miniseries Manhunt: Unabomber dramatizes how the FBI's Jim Fitzgerald worked for years to find the man behind the Unabomber alias, and quotes from Jim Fitzgerald's books about the Unabomber (titled A Journey to the Center of the Mind, available on Amazon), show how hard the FBI profiler worked to ultimately catch Ted Kaczynski and stop his 17-year reign of domestic terrorism. (Kaczynski is currently serving a life sentence in prison after pleading guilty to 16 bombings that killed three people and injured dozens, according to The New Yorker.)

Outside of his book, Fitzgerald has also talked about the challenges of the Unabomber case, like his support of publishing the Unabomber manifesto in The Washington Post and New York Times. "A few bosses were against it," Fitzgerald said to Newsweek. "We didn’t want to cede to the demands of a terrorist. I said, we may run that risk, but there's so much in the way of idiosyncratic language features, someone will recognize it — a teacher, a professor, a friend, a family member." Ultimately, Fitzgerald's suspicions were right, because Kaczynski's brother, David Kaczynski, did ultimately recognize his brother's ideals and reported him to the FBI. So Fitzgerald has many interesting insights into the Unabomber case — here's the ones he's written about.

His Early Interest In Language

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 1

A Coincidental Artistic Connection

-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 2

The Origins Of The Unabom Case

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

The Unabomber's Writing Style

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

Visiting The Unabomber's Cabin For The First Time

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

The First Time He Saw Ted Kaczynski

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

Fitzgerald's Chosen Method Of Catching The Unabomber

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

What Linguistics Explained About The Unabomber

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

How Fitzgerald Studied The Unabomber's Letters

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

One Particularly Important Clue

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A Theory About The Unabomber's Identity

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

Why The Unabomber Chose His Targets

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

How He Feels About Working On The Case

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-A Journey to the Center of the Mind Book 3

Manhunt: Unabomber is a pulse-pounding retelling of the long search for Tedd Kaczynski, but Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald's A Journey to the Center of the Mind series is the perfect way to find out more details about how the hunt for the Unabomber really happened, from the firsthand experience of one of the FBI profilers who was directly involved in the case.