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How the Unabomber Got His Nickname Might Surprise You

In the 1980s and 1990s, everyone had heard of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. For those of you who don't remember the serial bomber, the Discovery Channel is airing the mini-series, Manhunt: Unabomber. Although, while you may remember that infamous police sketch, you may not remember how Ted got that chilling nickname.

In the movie, F.B.I. Agent Stan Cole (Jeremy Bobb) was informing James "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) and the other agents about the Unabomber case. Agent Cole said, "For 17 years he's been planting and mailing bombs, 16 bombs, three people killed, dozens injured, and we really have no friggin' clue who he is or why he's doing this. We call him the Unabomber because his early targets were universities and airlines -- 'Un' for 'University,' 'A' for 'Airline,' unabom." Although, Ted was one of those people who give themselves their own nickname. Agent Cole continued on saying, "He calls himself "FC" for "Freedom Club." It's how he signs all his letters. It's also how he signs his bombs. 17 years of bombs all signed by FC. He's a sick bastard."

One thing that everyone remembers is that infamous police sketch. That sketch with the hooded sweatshirt and big black sunglasses came after the first time someone caught Ted in the act. In 1987, Ted was seen setting a box down that ended up causing his first fatality. Agent Cole summed it up by saying, "And this is where we got our first eyewitness. She gave us this now famous sketch, and then nothing for six years. So we figured he was dead or maybe finally got laid."