‘Unabomber’ journals sell for $40 000 in auction

2011-06-03 13:26

Los Angeles – “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski’s personal journals sold for more than $40 000 (about R270 000) in an online auction of his personal belongings.

The journals fetched the highest bid of any item so far at the auction, which included his hoodie and sunglasses, along with a typewriter he used to pound out a manifesto against industrialism.

The federal government held the auction of dozens of items, which began on May 18, to raise funds for Kaczynski’s victims and their families.

Kaczynski, who claimed to be motivated by a love of nature and hatred of technology, became one of America’s most notorious criminals when he was arrested in the killing of three people and wounding 29 with homemade bombs sent by mail from 1978 to 1995.

He was captured in 1996, living in a remote Montana cabin.

Kaczynski’s typewriter, which he used to write a manifesto he sent to The New York Times and Washington Post in 1995, sold for $22 000, said Lynzey Donahue, the spokesperson for the US Marshals Service.

The hoodie and sunglasses, which resemble those worn in a widely circulated sketch of the Unabomber suspect, sold as a set for $20 025, Donahue said. His handwritten autobiography went for $17 780, she said.

Terry Turchie, a former FBI official, and former FBI special agent Kathleen Puckett, who participated in the hunt for Kaczynski, said in a statement last month the auction would strip Kaczynski of everything “he ever owned or wrote, ensuring that he will never profit from the terrible tragedies he brought to innocent lives”.

The 69-year-old Kaczynski, a former mathematics professor, is serving a life sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.
US agents seized the Unabomber’s property when they raided his cabin.

Kaczynski mounted a failed attempt in court to block the auction, and said in a 2007 letter to Reuters that his papers should instead be made available to researchers and libraries to keep his beliefs in circulation.

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