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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

10-03 The Belgrade News

Kaczynski to join other death penalty foes in local events
By: Andy Malby
Editor

The brother of the Unabomber will join death row exonerees, victim family members and others in the kickoff of a statewide speaking tour that will land in Bozeman and Three Forks this weekend.

“Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing” is a project of the Montana Abolition Coalition, which seeks to end the death penalty in Montana, said Marietta Lane, a Three Forks woman active in the anti-death penalty cause.

David Kaczynski will deliver addresses Friday in Livingston and Saturday in Bozeman, Lane said.

Events are slated Friday in Big Timber and Livingston and Saturday in Three Forks, Bozeman and Ennis, and will feature about 15 speakers.

“The purpose is to educate people about the realities of the death penalty,” said Lane, whose 7-year-old daughter, Susie Jaeger, was kidnapped from Headwaters State Park in Three Forks in 1973 and murdered.

A number of the speakers are family members of murder victims who may have testified in court in favor of the death penalty, but who later realized “the death penalty would not bring healing,” Lane said.

Kaczynski, whose brother, Theodore Kaczynski, carried out a series of bombings that killed three and injured 12. When David Kaczynski read the Unabomber’s manifesto in a newspaper, he recognized his brother’s writing and notified the FBI, leading to his brother’s capture and eventual conviction.

David Kaczynski “received assurances that his brother would get psychiatric help,” according to a Montana Abolition Coalition statement.

“The Justice Department’s subsequent active pursuit of the death penalty was seen as a betrayal and started (Kaczynski) on a journey to end the terrible death penalty system,” the organization said.

Kaczynski and Lane will be joined by several other speakers “with personal stories about the death penalty,” according to the group.

In addition to speaking engagements, the organization also will hold a tree planting in memory of Susie Jaeger at the Headwaters State Park picnic area at 9 a.m. Saturday, Lane said. The public is welcome to attend all of the weekend’s events.

For a complete list of events, visit www.mtabolitionco.org.