Harvard University was left making an apology for mistakenly letting the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski into its 50 year reunion, Red Book as part of the 1962 alumni to update his status.
Before Kaczynski became the infamous “Unabomber” starting in 1978, he did graduate from Harvard in 1962.
Other alums believe Kaczynski motivation to update his status was to mock his fellow classmates and his victims. He updated his occupation to read “prisoner” and listed his accomplishments and awards as, “Eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998.” Then listed his address as the same as the Florence, Colorado federal prison where he is serving his sentences.
Staring in 1978 Kaczynski, while hiding out in a Montana mountain shack, either hand delivered or mailed several homemade bombs to people, killing three and injuring 23 others, he is also credited with the failed attempt to take down American Airlines Flight 444, a Boeing 727 flying from Chicago to Washington, D.C. in 1978, when one of his packaged bombs made its way into the cargo hold of the plane but due to a faulty ignition device, failed to go off.
One former classmate, Bob Bennett commented on Kaczynski updating his file for the reunion to the Boston Herald, “I thought, ‘Have you no shame?'”
Meanwhile one victim, Yale computer science Professor David Gelernter, who lost his right hand and eye to a Kaczynski bomb told the Herald, “It’s very chilling. He’s an unrepentant terrorist murderer who cut people, and slashed people to death in their kitchens, leaving them to bleed, while he hid in a shack somewhere in the West. So for some institution to lend authority to him, well, I can’t believe such things happen in the United States.”
“While all members of the class who submit entries are included, we regret publishing Kaczynski’s references to his convictions and apologize for any distress that it may have caused others,” the Harvard Alumni Association said in a statement Wednesday evening.