This month, Discovery reexamines the history of American domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski in the four-part MADE®-in-Canada special event series UNABOMBER: IN HIS OWN WORDS, premiereing in its entirety on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Across each hour-long episode, the Canadian docuseries tells the extraordinary inside story of the Unabomber’s reign of terror, using exclusive access to a never-before-heard interview from inside his Supermax prison and newly discovered audio proof of long-rumoured Harvard/CIA mind control experiments.
“This is must-watch documentary event for an audience that craves gripping factual content,” said Edwina Follows, General Manager, Discovery Networks, Bell Media. “UNABOMBER: IN HIS OWN WORDS delves into the infamous case of Ted Kaczynski with a new lens, offering an exclusive look at previously unreleased footage which is sure to deliver the authentic viewing experience for which Discovery is known.”
“This was a complex story to tell as we navigated through over 70 hours of recorded and original interviews in an effort to bring all new information to this documentary,” said Elliott Halpern, President of Yap Films and Executive Producer. “These revelations provide dramatic new context into Kaczynski’s mindset as he goes from child prodigy to anti-technology domestic terrorist. It’s a story that resonates with Canadians, not only because so many of us recall his twenty year bombing campaign, but also because we are now living in the world that he prophesied – one in which technology has come to dominate so many aspects of our lives.”
“Growing up as the child of academics, I remember a real fear that the Unabomber would hurt my family. That’s the power of terrorism and pop culture, and it transcends borders,” said Executive Producer and Yap Films Chief Creative Officer Elizabeth Trojian. “This is an extremely personal and detailed look into the mind of a serial killer, and hearing it all in Ted Kaczynski’s voice, first as a Harvard undergrad at age 16 and then 35 years later as an inmate, makes for chilling television.”
From 1978 until his arrest in 1996, Ted Kaczynski, a brilliant mathematician and drop-out professor, held America ransom sending a series of homemade bombs that injured 23, and killed three victims. Playing a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the FBI, Kaczynski evaded capture and taunted his pursuers in what became the longest and most expensive manhunt in American law-enforcement history.
UNABOMBER: IN HIS OWN WORDS takes an inside look at the story in four parts, debuting Friday, Feb. 28 as follows:
Part One – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
The first episode examines the start of the Unabomber’s campaign of terror spanning from 1978 to 1985, and dives into Kaczynski’s childhood to discover what might have made a young mathematical genius with few friends evolve into a sociopathic terrorist.
Part Two – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Picking up in 1985, Part Two tells the story of how the Unabomber began to ramp-up his terror campaign, claiming his first murder and taunting his FBI pursuers. Kaczynski’s secret journals from his time as a grad student in Michigan reveal the extraordinary moment when his thoughts first turned to murder.
Part Three – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Part Three recounts the period from 1993 to 1996, when the Unabomber was holding America ransom with a series of increasingly powerful bombs before his arrest in 1996. Kaczynski’s brother and sister-in-law reveal the emotional story of how they came to suspect he was the Unabomber, which ultimately led to his arrest.
Part Four – 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
The final episode of the series examines Kaczynski’s trial, with the revelation that he was subjected to a secret psychological experiment as a teenaged student at Harvard, a fact some claim could have been responsible for turning him into the terrorist he became.
Following its broadcast on Discovery, UNABOMBER: IN HIS OWN WORDS airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery, beginning March 4, and begins streaming April 3 on Crave.