Campus News 2006

For Immediate Relase
August 31, 2006

Unabomber’s Brother To Discuss Death Penalty at Schreiner University Sept 12

Schreiner University is bringing the brother of the infamous Unabomber Ted Kaczynski to campus on Tuesday, September 12 for a lecture entitled “Confronting Violence, Seeking Justice — The Death Penalty in America: A Conversation with David Kaczynski.” This event, sponsored by the Schreiner Student Activities Board, will take place at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the Schreiner campus. It is free and open to the public.

The Kaczynski family became a focus of media attention in April 1996 with the arrest of Ted Kaczynski, who the FBI had code-named The Unabomber. Kaczynski was responsible for a 17-year reign of terror involving mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others. Soon after Kaczynski’s arrest, it was leaked that Kaczynski’s brother David, a youth counselor, and David’s wife Linda Patrik, a college professor, had approached the FBI with their suspicions about Kaczynski, resulting in his arrest.

The couple soon felt betrayed, first when the U.S. Justice Department broke its promise to keep the family’s role in the investigation confidential, and again when it sought the death penalty despite Kaczynski’s serious mental illness. David and Linda fought for nearly two years to prevent the execution of David’s brother, and ultimately failed in their quest for justice.

David Kaczynski has spoken widely and appeared on national television shows voicing his opposition to the death penalty. In 1999, David and Linda were honored by the New York State Bar Association with its annual Justice Award – the organization’s only presentation to non-lawyers. David has addressed community, school, and professional audiences on a range of topics, including the death penalty, mental illness, non-violence, and ethical decision-making. In July 2001, after a nationwide search, David was selected as the new Executive Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty – a statewide organization that unconditionally opposes capital punishment.

For more information on this and other upcoming events, please contact Jennifer M. Hudson-Velazquez at jmhudson@schreiner.edu or call 830-792-7283.

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