Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Unabomber stuff to be sold by U.S. Marshals

The U.S. Marshals Service has put a few of the personal things of Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski, also called the Unabomber, up for auction. The online auction is underway and will continue until June 2. The proceeds will go to some of the victims of Kaczynski’s almost 20 yearlong mail bombing spree.

What will auction

The auction will sell about 60 lots of things found when Kaczynski was captured on April 3, 1996 in his cabin. The hooded sweatshirt and dark glasses he is known for could be found in these items. Other items consist of personal documents, for instance driver’s licenses, birth certificate, deeds, hand-written letters, checks and academic transcripts. Anything used by Kaczynski for instance bows and arrows, tools, books or clothing will be sold also along with photos. You can also buy a typewriter he used to write the Unabomber Manifesto, which is what individuals call it. The real name of it is The Industrial Society and Its Future. Almost 20,000 pages of that document, in both hand-written and typed versions, will also be auctioned.

The catalog, photos and information of all the auction items are available at the GSA auction site.

A domestic terrorist

Kaczynski was a mathematical prodigy after bring born in 1942 in Chicago, Ill. When he was sixteen, he got his undergraduate degree at Harvard. He then went to the University of Michigan and got a PhD in mathematics. Since society became more relied on technology, Kaczynski started to become frustrated. To be able to be “self-sufficient,” Kaczynski moved to a one-room cabin in Montana in 1971. He got the name Unabomber, because of University and Airline bomber put together, because of his sixteen homemade mail bombs he sent to many airlines, universities and other targets between 1978 and 1995. His bombs were responsible for killing three individuals and injuring 23 others. For a long time, Kaczynski was searched for by the FBI. He was finally arrested in 1996 after being turned in by his brother and sister-in-law. The “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado, is where Kaczynski is being held at the age of 69 in a life sentence without the poss! ibility of parole.

How it turned into an ironic thing

In a statement to the press, “We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life,” was what U.S. Marshal Albert Najera said.

Paying for his stuff

The money put into these items will be unclear. Nobody knows the value quite yet. The Marshals have a spokeswoman names Lynzey Donohue. “This is an unusual type of case,” she said. “It’s really difficult to put a value on these items because of the intrinsic value they have based on his notoriety.”

Articles cited

NY Daily News


The Sacramento Bee

GSA Auctions

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