CRIME

20 years later, Montanans remember Unabomber as odd, funny

  • FILE - In this April 4, 1996 file photo, Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is flanked by federal agents as he is led to a car from the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont. Twenty years after the arrest of Kaczynski, some Lincoln residents remember him as an odd recluse who ate rabbits and lived without electricity, while others say he had a funny, personable side. Kaczynski is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, for a series of bombings, most through the mail, that killed three people and injured 23 others over 17 years. (AP Photo/John Youngbear, File)

    FILE - In this April 4, 1996 file photo, Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is flanked by federal agents as he is led to a car from the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont. Twenty years after the arrest of Kaczynski, some Lincoln residents remember him as an odd recluse who ate rabbits and lived without electricity, while others say he had a funny, personable side. Kaczynski is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, for a series of bombings, most through the mail, that killed three people and injured 23 others over 17 years. (AP Photo/John Youngbear, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This April 6, 1996 file photo shows Ted Kaczynski's cabin in the woods of Lincoln, Mont. Twenty years after the arrest of Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, some Lincoln residents remember him as an odd recluse who ate rabbits and lived without electricity, while others say he had a funny, personable side. Kaczynski is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, for a series of bombings, most through the mail, that killed three people and injured 23 others over 17 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    FILE - This April 6, 1996 file photo shows Ted Kaczynski's cabin in the woods of Lincoln, Mont. Twenty years after the arrest of Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, some Lincoln residents remember him as an odd recluse who ate rabbits and lived without electricity, while others say he had a funny, personable side. Kaczynski is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, for a series of bombings, most through the mail, that killed three people and injured 23 others over 17 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)  (The Associated Press)

Twenty years after the arrest of Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, some residents in the small Montana town of Lincoln remember him as an odd recluse while at least one says he had a good sense of humor.

Kaczynski is serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison for mail bombings spanning 17 years that killed three and injured 23 nationwide. He was arrested April 3, 1996, in his primitive cabin 75 miles east of Missoula.

Kaczynski used to ride his bike to Lincoln's library. Librarian Sherri Wood probably knew him as well as anyone.

Wood tells the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/1RIX7Ms ) she liked him and thought he was funny. She says she's now glad he'll never be out of prison.

Wood says tourists still occasionally come to the library to touch a shelf that Kaczynski touched.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com