Hello Ted is written from the perspective of Ellen Tarmichael, a Chicago area woman who had gone out on two dates with Ted Kaczynski in 1978.

It was a period when Kaczynski was trying to have a normal life. He worked at a factory with his younger brother, David. Ted and Ellen went on a date picking apples. I don't know what they did on the second date, she didn't say. She ended the relationship as she didn't feel like they had anything in common.

She probably didn't realize that Ted had come out of the wilderness with the hope of having a relationship like this, to be normal. I was interested in the idea of her finding out, after the fact, that she was the last straw.