The Witness series brings together the men and women of Law Enforcement who were instrumental in landmark events in American history. For information about upcoming programs please visit the Museums Events pages.
On September 20, 2014, the National Law Enforcement Museum and the Newseum hosted a panel discussion about the 17-year long investigation of the Unabomber. Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie, and Donald Max Noel were principal members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) task force focused on identifying and capturing the Unabomber. Turchie, assistant Special Agent in charge of the task force, discussed how the FBI changed their strategies in order to apprehend the Unabomber. Turchie and Freeman came onto the task force towards the end of the investigation, when morale was low and not much progress was occurring. “They’d worked really hard, they’d been there a long time, and they were just tired,” Turchie said. Each member of the task force was encouraged to choose a partner in the hopes that if one was having a down day, the other could bring spirits up and help promote creativity. Ted Kaczynski sent homemade bombs that targeted universities, airlines and computer stores, killing three people and injuring 23 others. He was identified by his brother from his 35,000-word anti-technology manifesto was published by The New York Times and The Washington Post at the urging of the FBI. Freeman, Turchie and Noel wrote the book, “Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski.”
This program was generously sponsored by Target