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Manhunt: Unabomber on Discovery Channel

The Discovery Channel mini-series is based on real-life FBI agent and criminal profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald and the hunt for the Unabomber in the 1990s. Fitz was a “fresh-faced criminal profiler” for the FBI who, along with other members of the Unabomb Task Force (UTF), faced an uphill battle in tracking down the infamous criminal, but it did not end there. In addition to the challenges the UTF faced tracking down the Unabomber, there was the usual bureaucracy that got in the way.

It was during this case that Fitz pioneered the use of forensic linguistics (the application of linguistic knowledge, methods, and insights to the forensic context of law, language, crime investigation, trial, and judicial procedure) that were often looked down upon by both members of his tasks force as well as higher-ups in the FBI. Ultimately, though, it was this bold new approach that help both identify and capture Theodore John Kaczynski, a.k.a., the Unabomber.

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