Feds auction Unabomber items
June 3rd, 2011
08:18 AM ET

'Unabomber' auction pulls in $232,246

Bidders used technology, a thorn of "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, to buy up his items in a two-week online bidding spree that yielded $232,246, the U.S. Marshals said in a press release Friday.

Judging from the winning bid on the sale of some personal journals, owning a piece of the Unabomber is auction gold.

The big-ticket items in the U.S. Marshals Service auction were Kaczynski's personal journals, which pulled $40,676. Twenty-one bidders put dibs on the 20 journals, which described in Kaczynski's words his anti-government world view and affection for the wilderness.

Also gone to the highest bidder were his hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, which went for $20,025, a typewriter ($22,003) used to write his anti-corporate manifesto, and the handwritten copy of the paper, which sold for $$20,053, according to the release.

The auction, which the General Services Administration conducted, was held to compensate some of his victims.

Kaczynski, 68, killed three people and wounded 23 others in bombings from 1978 to 1995. He was arrested in 1996, pleaded guilty in 1998 and is serving a life term in the federal "Supermax" prison in Florence, Colorado.

The online auction began May 18 and got off to a hot start.  In the first few hours after bidding began, the price for a handwritten copy of the manifesto had already topped $6,000.

Items for sale included driver's licenses, birth certificates, academic transcripts, typewriters and "more than 20,000 pages of written documents, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions" of Kaczynski's manifesto, authorities said last month.

Check out the final sale price for the items at http://www.gsaauctions.gov.

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  1. donald trump

    I want his BVDs to sniff!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. donald trump

    Trump gets his genius sniffing teds bvds

    June 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rubes

    Sure are a lot of people dieing in this story. Maybe that should be investigated?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anthony's Case Posts

    This whole story is amazing to me. Its hard to beleive this child died and the father (George) helped his daughter cover it up, being a former officer he should have known the mother would be the 1st and obvious suspect, so why not come out with the truth, like some1 said if it happened that way the coroner wld find water in the lungs, now the defense comes up with this she drowned story, no way to prove it 100% and u want a jury to just by that from som1 who just admited she lied all this time. I just hope none of this jury has any blood relation to any of the jurors on the OJ case, cause all those jurors were and still are 100% retarded. Burn in hell OJ. and the idiots who let you off

    June 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Last_Warrior

      does any one else smell troll?

      June 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jinx

    If you notice, every time somebody remarks on the Anthony Toll, the troll posts immediately after.
    We're feeding the troll.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Last_Warrior

      I just tested your theory

      June 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony's Case Posts

    Ah jus luv them there realitee tv shows ya'll speshially them ther ones with the fat bit chs, kinda remines mi a mi. Yep luv eatin them ther moonpi's and wachin that there realitee cr ap. Mi favoritist judge is that thar judge grace man she good. Don't go mindin mi now ya'll I'm from kintuky we be prowd of owr inbreadin down here in these here parts ya awl.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jinx

    @Last Warrior: Well, it WAS just a theory! 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    If the procedes go to the victims & survivors, then who cares what a rich pecan (or cashew), wastes their $ on ! However, it does illusrate that while many of us have to save up $ to buy a loaf of bread, there are rich people out there willing to buy the normally worthless junk of a criminal & put a ridiculous $ value on it! Is this what their tax loop holes are buying?!?

    June 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
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