Local News

Unabomber brother makes anti-death penalty push in Raleigh

Posted May 3, 2010

— The man who led police to his brother, the Unabomber, spoke in Raleigh Monday evening as part of a campaign against the death penalty.

David Kaczynski and Bill Babbitt, who helped police solve a 1980 murder by his brother in California, spoke to a crowd at First Baptist Church Family Life Center. They were invited by the state chapter of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, a group that opposes the death penalty.

Babbitt's brother was executed, while Kaczynski's brother Ted is serving a life sentence for a rash of mail bombings over 17 years that killed three and injured 23.

The men talked about how race and mental illness factor into the application of capital punishment.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • withnailharrison May 4, 2010

    Killing a human is barbaric.

  • mulecitybabe May 4, 2010

    I think if their brothers had been the victims instead of the perpetrators, these men might be on the opposite side of this debate.

  • bill0 May 4, 2010

    I guess the unabomber cases shows that we do not apply the death penalty fairly or equally. He killed 3 people and attempted to kill dozens more over a multiple year crime spree. He gets a prison sentence. There are a lot of death row prisoners who made rash, one time decisions. Obviously, I don't feel particularly bad for any murder, but the punishment should be based on the crime, not what county you are in or what type of lawyer you can afford.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment May 4, 2010

    Maybe if he took the time to help his brother out that he is taking now to travel and talk about those poor people on death row, his brother would have got mental health treatment in the first place

  • dmccall May 4, 2010

    When we can resurrect the murdered and rehabilitate them to healthy living, then we should start rehabilitating the murderers.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot May 4, 2010

    To give a life sentence to a cold blooded killer is an insult to the victim who received a death sentence.

    If you maliciously take a life, you should be willing to forfeit your own.

  • working for deadbeats May 4, 2010

    I-95 has EZ Pass for the tolls. We needs something as fast for the death penalty here.

  • OrdinaryCitizen May 4, 2010

    When you are brought up poor any extra money is a bonus. To house, feed, pay cable bill for someone in jail is expensive and the money can be better used for society. Its easy to stay out of trouble but many cannot resist the urge and refuse to work. I cannot support this article. Lets clear the jails with the death penalty.