A History of Notorious Recent Package Bombings in the US

A Florida man was arrested Friday in connection with more than a dozen crude pipe bombs that were mailed to prominent Democrats, including the Clintons, the Obamas and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as other figures who have criticized President Donald Trump. The bombs didn't detonate or cause any injuries, but FBI Director Christopher Wray said, "These are not hoax devices." The dayslong manhunt caught the nation's attention. Read about other package bombers in recent American history.

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Law enforcement
These photos provided by law enforcement agencies show packages sent in the series of pipe bomb mailings across the country the week of Oct. 22, 2018. Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested in Florida on Friday, Oct. 26, in connection with the mailings.
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AP
Six tripwire and package bomb incidents in Austin, Texas, killed two people and wounded four more in March 2018. They were tied to 23-year-old Mark Conditt, who died in an explosion when police tried to apprehend him.
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Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Luke J. Helder placed 18 pipe bombs in mailboxes across the Midwest in over five days in 2002, allegedly trying to form a smiley face pattern with the locations he chose. Six exploded, hurting six people, before he was arrested.
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AP/John Youngbear
Ted Kaczynski, as seen in this April 4, 1996 file photo, termed "the Energizer Bunny of serial bombers," by Former FBI Agent Jim Freeman, was tied to 17 years of bombings ending in 1995, including package bombs, that killed three and injured 24. His crimes led to the creation of an FBI-led task force to investigate what they termed the "UNABOM" case.
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FBI
Walter Moody, seen here at a court hearing in 1990, was connected to bombings starting in the 1970s, when he was convicted for injuring his wife with a bomb. After he'd been released from jail, Moody mailed a bomb that killed federal Judge Robert Vance in his kitchen, along with other bombs in December 1989. He was arrested months later and executed in April 2018.
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