At what point does a thought process turn into an action… At what point does that action have a consequence? At what point do you weigh the options?
- How is this going to go down?
- What supplies do I need?
- How long with this take to plan and execute?
- Will I get away with it?
- Will I get caught?
The man behind the hood:
Everyone knew what Ted Kaczynski looked like, the hooded man who hid behind the dark sunglasses, and creepy mustache! He was an incredibly smart man! He was accepted into Harvard at the age of 16. He later received a Ph.D from The University of Michigan! At the age of 25 became an assistant professor at Berkeley! Who would have thought, that his wires would have crossed and between the years of, 1978-1995 he would have sent sixteen bombs, to universities and airlines, killing three and injuring around twenty-three! He thought the bombs were necessary, to prove his point! He mailed his “unibomber manifesto” to the New York Times, saying he knew that it was extreme! After being caught, he fired his court appointed lawyers, because they wanted to plead insanity, to keep him from the ultimate punishment of death! Of course, Kaczynski didn’t think he was insane! Then again, they never do!
The man who tried to kill a dream:
James Earl Ray, was the man who was convicted and pleaded guilty for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Since he plead guilty he escaped the death penalty. He was then sentenced to ninety-nine years behind bars! He died in 1998, from Hepatitis C. Ray, had a much different path than Kaczynski, he was raised in a poor family, in California. He joined the U.S. Army at the end of World War Two and served in Germany! He committed his first crime in 1949, he lived a life of crime, multiple armed robberies, burglaries, and a few trips to the penitentiary . In 1959, he was arrested for stealing $120 in a robbery, he was sentenced to twenty-two years, in prison. In 1967 he escaped by hiding in a bread truck that was leaving the prison. After his escape, he stayed on the move. Ending up in Mexico. In November of 1967, he left Mexico, and moved to California. In March of the following year, Ray decided on having a local surgeon perform a nose job, before hitting the road again, to start planning the decision he made to change history.
Twelve days later he headed to Atlanta, Georgia, six days later, he checked into a rooming house, in Atlanta. He then started planning his actions, he purchased a map of the city, found the landmarks of Kings, church, and home. March 30, of that year, he drove back to Birmingham Alabama. There he bought a Remington Gamemaster 760 .30-06 caliber riffle and, a box of twenty cartridges. )A little info on the Gamemaster. A Gamemaster is a pump action riffle, with a 22inch barrel, and easily traceable. You can actually purchase a similar riffle for about $9,000 now days, and it is a collectors item). On April 2, 1968, he packed up and drove to Memphis.
June 8, 1968 Ray was captured at London’s Heathrow Airport, trying to leave the UK using a fake Canadian Passport. On March of 1969, he pleaded guilty after speaking with his attorney. With this plead, he also escaped execution. Ray was said to have left his riffle with his fingerprints on it behind, so he could be one of the most famous criminals in history. In June of 1977, he made the FBI’s most wanted list sadly his 351st entry. Ray passed away in 1998, at the age of seventy. He died from complications from Kidney and Liver failure, caused by Hepatitis C.
The life of gangster:
What leads these people to a life of crime? When does it seem like a good idea, to kill someone, rob someone, steal things? Terrorist believe that when they kill someone, they are doing a good deed! How could committing such a heinous crime, give any reward? Other than prison time, and death? Rarely people get away with what they’ve done! When they caught, are they surprised? Do really think they have committed the perfect crime? Is there such thing as a perfect crime? I started watching a show about Killer Women. There was a house maid, I want to say it took place in the 1800’s. She killed her boss lady, cut her up, cooked her, and sold the lard to local pubs for people to eat. She buried the the remains, which weren’t found until recently! Of course now, she can’t be convicted. A life of crime may pay for a short time, but in the long run your going to get caught! You always leave a piece of you behind….