Madman in the Woods: Life Next Door to the Unabomber
Jamie Gehring (Author)
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DescriptionA haunting account of the sixteen years when a young Jamie Gehring and her family lived closer than anyone to Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber As a child in Lincoln, Montana, Jamie Gehring and her family shared their land, their home, and their dinner table with a hermit with a penchant for murder. But they had no idea that the odd recluse living in the adjacent cabin was anything more than a disheveled man who brought young Jamie painted rocks as gifts. Ted was simply Ted, and erratic behavior, surprise visits, and chilling events while she was riding horses or helping her dad at his sawmill were dismissed because he was "just the odd hermit." In fact, he was much more--Ted eluded the FBI for seventeen years while mailing explosives to strangers, earning the infamous title of Unabomber. In Gehring's investigative quest twenty-five years later to reclaim a piece of her childhood and to answer the questions, why, how, she recalls what were once innocent memories and odd circumstances that become less puzzling in hindsight. The innocence of her youth robbed, Gehring needed to reconcile her lived experience with the evil that hid in plain sight. In this book, through years of research probing Ted's personal history, his writings, his secret coded crime journals, her own correspondence with him in his Supermax prison cell, plus interviews with others close to Kaczynski, Gehring unearths the complexity, mystery, and tragedy of her childhood with the madman in the woods. And she discovers a shocking revelation―she and her family were in Kaczynski's crosshairs. A work of intricately braided research, journalism, and personal memories, this book is a chilling response to the question: Do you really know your neighbor?
April 19, 2022
5.6 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author
Jamie Gehring is a Montana native who grew upsharing a backyard with Ted Kaczynski, the man widely known as the Unabomber. She was featured in Netflix's Unabomber: In His Own Words where she discussed her family's role in Ted's capture.Her narrative nonfiction debut, Madman inthe Woods: Life Next Door to the Unabomber has been covered in publicationssuch as Elle, New York Post, Slate, A & E True Crime, OxygenTrue Crime, 5280, and in podcasts including The Last Podcast on theLeft, True Crime Garage, Once Upon a Crime, LA Not SoConfidential, Mind Over Murder, and True Murder. She recently was shortlisted for the CrimeConTrue Crime Awards for "Best New True Crime Author." Other accolades include a2022 PenCraft Book Award for literary excellence in Nonfiction/Memoir, a 2022 ShelfUnbound Best Indie Book award for Notable Indie, and first place winner ofthe Firebird Book Awards in Memoir/Nonfiction. Jamie holds a BA in visual communications andspent the first half of her career in finance. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, three children, and two cats.