Welcome to part two of the Ret. FBI Special Agent David Alford blog posts. In part one, I discussed the details of the Unabomber case. In part 2, you will learn the details of the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder.
ABOUT THE CASE
Before leaving, he grabbed some of Polly’s things and escaped the house with her. Police later found that the abductor and murderer was Richard Allen Davis.
After Kate and Gillian were sure he had left, they ran to the room where Polly Klaas’ mother was sleeping. The groggy mother called in the abduction to the police.
Not more than an hour later, a resident called Sonoma County sheriff’s office to report that there was a strange and suspicious man standing by a Ford Pinto which was lodged in a ditch. The deputies came by, searched his car, checked him for outstanding warrants, and let him go. On Oct. 19, Davis was stopped, arrested, and booked with drunk driving. No one connected that he was the one who abducted Polly. He was released that same day.
The red panty hose were taken from Polly’s room, and the white cloths looked similar to the binding that the girls were wrapped in on the night of the abduction. This connected the evidence to the case.
FBI agents, according to Alford, found a partial palm print from the bedroom. Alford said that pulling palm prints wasn’t as common at this point, but they were able to pick up the print using special lifting paper. Davis’ print matched the palm print, and he confessed to strangling Polly to death. He took investigators to her burial spot.
Welcome to part one of the Ret. FBI Special Agent David Alford blog posts. In part one, I will discuss the details of the Unabomber case. In part 2, coming on Feb. 25, I will discuss the details of the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder.
“I remember seeing him the day we arrested him,” recalled Ret. FBI Special Agent David Alford. “He was filthy. His jeans had holes, and they weren’t because he bought them that way.”
According to Alford, while Kaczynski was relaxing in the country side, he became increasingly angry at technologic advances as well as companies that did some damage to the local environment.
It was around this time, in 1975, that Kaczynski became to break in and vandalize local companies that harmed the environment that he became so accustomed to appreciating.
The first bomb was sent to the University of Illinois in 1978. Kaczynski attempted to make it seem as though the bomb was sent to the university from a professor at North Western University in Evanston. A guard opened the package and it injured his hand, but the man lived.
Another bomb was sent to the university and a graduate student opened it. He received minor cuts and burns, but did not have any serious injuries.
It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later when Kaczynski killed his first victim on Dec. 11, 1985. He took a bomb to an appliance store in Sacramento. It was his 11th bomb. It was found by the store owner, Hugh Scrutton, who opened it to have the shrapnel tear through his organs and heart.
According to Alford, a local park ranger helped them coax Kaczynski from his cabin without any issue. He said that the park ranger told Kaczynski they had to do some property evaluations. He then came out and was arrested immediately on April 3, 1996.
He targeted universities because that is where many young minds were being molded to embrace technological advancement. One of Kaczynski’s targets was actually a geneticist. The airline bombs were partially motivated by the fact that he couldn’t escape airplanes flying over his small cabin.
This was said to be his motivation. I found this interesting because, although Kaczynski’s bombs were rather archaic, they were somewhat advanced. It made me wonder why Kaczynski himself wasn’t having an internal crisis.
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