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How to acquire scans or pictures of rare Ted Kaczynski documents
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Ishkah
Aug 06, 2022
There's a scan of a 1st draft copy of Ted Kaczynski's book Truth versus Lies online which a group of us have used to create a retyped up perfect copy of the book, but there’s also just two more folders of letters it would be good to get scans of where Kaczynski outlined ways he would have liked it to be further edited. You can only request 2 items per month, and I’ve run out of free requests I can make for a while, but hopefully we can promote an information sharing network, where we simply talk to each other about what scans we were able to receive to help with each others projects. To request this item you would just have to: Tick box 12 Then after the list of boxes, tick “Duplication” Then where it says “Other Detail, Inclusive Pages, Etc.” Write “I'd like scans of folder numbers 1 & 2.” There are lots of interesting correspondence mixed into these scanned folders, as he was an important contact at the time. So, if anyone would like request this, it would be greatly appreciated. You can also email me at theosladehome@gmail.com Finally, here's a timeline of how the Truth versus Lies book came about: April 3rd, 1996: Ted Kaczynski was arrested. November 13rd, 1997: Ted Kaczynskis’ multiple murder trial began. He started writing this book to collect his thought on what he would like his defense team and the media to know during his court case, to counter both the prosecution’s leaking of unflattering journal entries, as well as the general media atmosphere connected to the case: "Mr. Kaczynski was able to outline other conflicts he had with his attorneys, including the issue of publicity. He had been interested in writing letters to counter the image being presented by his family of him in the media. He discussed this with his attorneys and although he felt some pressure to conform, he had agreed with them not to write letters to the media and draw additional public attention to him at this point in the trial process. Nonetheless he spent approximately four months preparing a rebuttal to all he perceived as inaccurate in the public portrayal of him, and focused extensively on portraying his brother David in a negative light in these writings." January 22nd, 1998: Ted Kaczynski plead guilty in order that he could avoid his lawyers presenting him as mentally ill to the world and potentially being sent to a mental asylum. But he did so due to the assurance that he had a good chance of arguing for a retrial, in that he could argue he was coerced into giving a false guilty plea in a challenge to the courts because he wasn’t allowed to represent himself and was being represented in a way he didn’t approve of. Because of this I think he held out hope that he could get a retrial and be set free all the way up to around 2004, so as a result in all his writing before 2004 he never comments on any of the many crimes he committed. Therefore sadly we don’t get a comprehensive autobiographical account of what were the key events that lead up to him desiring to wage his terror bombing campaign in hindsight. The sole aim for Kaczynski then in writing his book Truth versus Lies then was to disprove stories told by lawyers and the media which Kaczynski thought were false. May 5th, 1998: Ted Kaczynskis’ sentencing trial ended and he was sent to a supermax prison with no possibility of parole. June 24, 1998: The New York Post ran an item about how Ted Kaczynski was shopping around a book manuscript from the Federal Prison in Florence, Colorado. A representative from Simon and Schuster was quoted, "Do you think the world wants Theodore Kaczynski's point of view on Theodore Kaczynski?" The manuscript was rejected sight unseen. March, 1999: Excerpts of the book are published by The New York Times. May 10th, 1999: A proof copy is finished and sent to Kaczynski with annotations by Beau Freidlander on corrections he’d like to make in order to be able to publish. 1999: He discusses corrections for the 2nd draft of the book in his 71st & 72nd letters sent to Friedlander which are archived in the University of Michigan library: November 5th, 1999: He gives a Deed of Gift agreement to Context Books, who almost print an edited version, but Ted bitterly resents the edits they’ve gone ahead with and threatens to sue.
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