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Bad romance motive in UNABOMbings?

WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Investigators sought to determine whethera romance-gone-bad with a suburban Chicago woman may have sparked the suspected UNABOMber's reign of terror, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The relationship between Theodore Kaczynski and the woman was one of the few personal relationships the reclusive math genius had before retreating to a remote Montana cabin, Kaczynski's family told authorities. The newspaper said the souring of the romance led to the firing of Kaczynski by his brother, David, who had to discipline him at the factory where they both worked in 1978 after Kaczynski began harassing the woman. The string of bombings, which killed 3 and injured 23 over an 18-year period, began later that year. The newspaper said the incident took place after Kaczynski left his remote Montana shack to return to Lombard, Ill., to earn some money. The woman was identified as Kaczynski's supervisor at Cushion-Pak, a foam rubber products manufacturing plant. Kacyznski worked at the plant sawing foam for four months before he was fired for posting crude limericks about the woman around the plant after their breakup. 'He felt very inadequate about her dumping him and pasted these limericks all over the place,' an investigator told the Post. The Post said investigators have come to believe that while Kaczynski lived in Montana, he relied almost exclusively on family for money to cover his expenses and did not work. The money may have been related to the bombings. The Post quoted sources as saying Kaczynski received a $1,000 check from his brother in May 1994, shortly before New York advertising executive Thomas Mosser was killed.

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In 1995, he received a $2,000 check shortly before California Forestry Association President Gilbert B. Murray was killed. The UNABOMber has baffled the FBI for nearly 18 years. Kaczynski has not been charged with any UNABOM crimes, but is in the Helena jail charged with a single federal count of possessing illegal bomb-making materials. Kaczynski, 53, is a former UC-Berkeley math professor with a degree from Harvard and a doctorate from Michigan. He moved to the tiny cabin, which has no electricity, running water or even an outhouse, several years ago and has lived as a virtual hermit since. The suspicion that Kaczynski may be the UNABOMber was brought to the FBI's attention by his younger brother, David, who discovered writings by his brother resembled a 35,000-word anti-technology and anti- government treatise written by the UNABOMber and published by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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