Armchair Detective

Did a Student Crack the Unabomber's Code?

Three years ago, MILTON JONES was watching a Nightline report on the still unsolved Unabomber case. At the time, investigators were trying to figure out the meaning of the wooden components found in the bombs and the references to wood and other elements of nature in the choice of victims. Jones, then studying American literature at Brigham Young University, theorized that the Unabomber was using a literary device known as juxtaposition. By mailing a bomb to a person named Wood or someone living on Aspen Drive, the Unabomber was saying technology was destroying nature. But by making the bomb partly out...

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