Call off the search: ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ is the only new DVD to check out this week
By Rob Lowman
After seeing the first episodes of Discovery Channel’s “Manhunt: Unabomber,” I wasn’t convinced it was worth continuing on with it, but I returned to the series to give it another chance and I’m ready to endorse it.
It’s not a full-throated endorsement, though, but the story of the FBI’s pursuit of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous domestic terrorist, has a lot of dramatic, fascinating moments, especially as you learn how he was finally caught
Kaczynski’s bombing campaign lasted for than 20 years. He received his nicknamed based on the fact his early targets were universities (UN) and airlines (A). In 1995, after 17 years of searching for him, the FBI still had no idea who they were looking for.
The bureau believed the chief suspect was likely someone with little education. When Kaczynski (played by Paul Bettany) began picking up the pace of his bombings, the agency brought in a new profiler, Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), to put fresh eyes on the case.
Sam Worthington as Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald and Lynn Collins as Natalie Rogers.
Fitzgerald suggested that the reason the FBI has had trouble catching the terrorist is because they underestimated him. Kaczynski was a Harvard grad and had been a UC Berkeley professor in mathematics. Believing technology was destroying society, Kaczynski quit the university and in a couple of years would move to a remote area of Montana.
As the series unfolds, we see how Fitzgerald developed a forensic profile of the terrorist based on linguistics – the way Kaczynski wrote his “manifesto,” which he blackmailed major publications into publishing. As the agent put together his case, his theories were mostly dismissed by the rest of the team.
Eventually, he was able to convince the agency to release his profile of the terrorist, and the description was recognized by his brother, who reluctantly pointed the […]