Elusive bomber renews campus reign of terror: The West is agonising again over giving the Muslims the firepower to defend themselves - while a carve-up threatens to shatter their state
Sunday 27 June 1993
A BOMBER who has carried out more than a dozen attacks on universities and high-technology companies has re-emerged to terrorise US academics.
Campuses were tightening security yesterday after the attacker, dubbed 'Unibom' (for University Bomber) by law enforcement officials, sent mail bombs that badly injured two prominent academics. The attacks marked the resumption of a 15-year terror campaign.
Although the FBI and other agencies have been seeking the bomber since the late 1970s, they have failed to find any motive for his attacks, mainly on technology departments and computer companies, which have injured more than 20 people and killed one.
On Tuesday, Charles Epstein, a renowned geneticist at the University of California in San Francisco, lost several fingers and suffered severe chest injuries after he opened a padded brown envelope at his home. Dr Epstein (59) is widely known for his research into Down's Syndrome and other genetic defects.
Two days later, the authorities believe, 'Unibom' struck again, when a prominent computer science professor at Yale University, David Gelernter (38), was critically injured by a letter bomb. He is also well known, not least because he invented a program language that he named Linda, after the porn star Linda Lovelace.
The attack was as baffling as the other bombings police say Unibom carried out during the 1970s and 1980s. Federal authorities said these include seven attacks on universities, blasts at technology companies and a parcel bomb in 1980 that injured the president of United Airlines.
The mystery deepened last week when the New York Times received a letter, postmarked before the latest incidents, which warned of a 'newsworthy event'. It was purportedly from an anarchist group called 'FC', which the authorities have linked with the earlier bombings. The letter promised to explain its author's goals at a future date.
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, GAME, PC World and Argos
Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's stylist Luis Alfredo Garcia is found stabbed to death
Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh: Voyeur doctor jailed for eight years after using network of hidden cameras to film patients, colleagues and friends on the toilet
'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join one of the UK's...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has arisen in a Winche...
£300 - £400 per day: Argyll Scott International: I am currently recruiting on ...
£16000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Field Based Sales Surveyor is...