Unabomber’s DNA Sought in Connection With 1982 Tylenol Killings

May 19, 2011

(ChattahBox News) –  A $100,000 award from Johnson & Johnson for the capture and conviction of the Tylenol killer responsible for the 1982 incident in which seven Chicago-area people died from taking Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide has never been claimed.  But FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates said (via CNN) that the FBI has requested samples from “numerous individuals including “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski” and that Kaczynski has so far refused to provide the samples voluntarily. Yates would not comment on whether federal authorities have already gotten the DNA sample from Kaczynski who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison. The U.S. Marshals Service is currently auctioning off items seized from Kaczynski’s home to raise part of the $15 million in restitution that Kaczynski owes the victims of his bombings and their families. But Kaczynski, in a motion filed May 9, said he would provide the sample voluntarily on the condition that they would stop an online auction of his items. Federal prosecutors responded that “there is no basis for an order interfering with the sale previously approved by the district court.” The auction went ahead as planned on Wednesday.


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