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Q2 Rewind: Unabomber found in remote Montana

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BILLINGS - In the first week in April 1996, Montana leapt to the national spotlight when federal investigators announced that the Treasure State was home to the prime suspect in the Unabomber case, a 17-year series of deadly mail bombings by a terrorist bent on pursuing an anti-technology ideology.

The national media was already in the state covering the 81-day Freemen standoff, where federal agents had an anti-government group holed up on a ranch near Jordan. As soon as the news broke about the Unabomber arrest, a press detachment broke for Lincoln, and then Helena, where suspect Ted Kaczynski made his first court appearances.

Kaczynski pleaded guilty to his crimes in Sacramento, Calif., nearly two years later, and he's currently spending the rest of his life behind bars. The tiny cabin where he lived while carrying out the plot was loaded up and shipped there to serve as evidence during the trial. The whole cabin has been preserved and is now on display at the Newseum, the museum dedicated to the news, in Washington, D.C. 

Watch the video above to see and hear some of the press coverage from those first days

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