Ted Kaczynski: At His Own Request

Is Kaczynski's rejection of his best chance for a defense a result of paranoid schizophrenia?

Ted Kaczynski has one big problem: he is apparently too crazy to appreciate how crazy he is, but not crazy enough to be legally insane. The defense strategy for his trial, which began this week, had appeared to be set. His lawyers had planned to argue that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, which made him incapable of forming the intent to commit a premeditated crime. But paranoid schizophrenics typically resist being labeled mentally ill, and Kaczynski proved to be all too typical. On Dec. 18 he wrote a letter to complain to U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr., who quickly summoned...

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