NEW YORK, July 1 -- Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione says he has spoken with the notorious UNABOMber and offered him a regular column, Time magazine reported (Saturday). Guccione said the bomber told Penthouse he would accept the offer if the New York Times and Washington Post refused to publish his 69-page manifesto, according to Time. The bomber reportedly told Guccione that although he would write a monthly column for Penthouse, he would kill once more since the adult magazine is less prestigious than the Times or the Post. The UNABOMber, believed to be responsible for the 16 separate mail bombings, has eluded authorities since 1978. Three people have been killed and 22 injured in incidents attributed to the UNABOMber. The FBI coined the acronym UNABOMber because the early victims were at universities. In a letter sent to newspapers, the bomber promised to end his 17- year rampage if the New York Times or Washington Post published a 32, 000-word article outlining his political agenda. 'I wouldn't count on it,' said a source at the Times on condition of anonymity. Neither paper had reached a final decision Saturday on whether or not to accept the offer. If the UNABOMber opts for the Penthouse offer, Guccione said the bomber's writings would be available through the adult magazine's on- line news service. The Post reported the manifesto, which it said was titled 'Industrial Society and Its Future,' rails against the costs of modern society because it has denied individuals their 'autonomy.'
In 232 numbered paragraphs, it said in part 'the industrial revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race, ' the Post reported Friday. It decried high technology and the 'leftist' trend toward social control, which has led to 'a whole spectrum of related traits: low- self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, depressive tendencies, defeatism, guilt, self-hatred, etc.' The UNABOMber, who had been inactive for some time, resurfaced in April with a mail bomb that killed a timber industry executive in California. Attempting to tweak the public's attention, and law enforcement's pride, the UNABOMber sent a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, threatening to blow up a passenger airliner flying from Los Angeles International Airport within six days. He followed that letter with another to The New York Times describing the threat as a prank. The FBI has said it believes the UNABOMber is a male who lives, works and centers his criminal activities in the San Francisco area.