The US Marshals today said the online auction of the personal effects of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, raised $232,246 which will be divvied up among to Kaczynski's victims.
The Marshals office said the most expensive lot, which sold for $40,676 consisted of approximately 20 personal journals, which describe in diary fashion Kaczynski's thoughts and feelings about himself, society and living in the wilderness. They also include admissions to specific bombings and other crimes.
Other sale prices were $22,003 for the typewriter on which Kaczynski typed his manifesto, $20,053 for the handwritten copy of his manifesto, $20,025 for the hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses that were depicted in the infamous FBI "wanted" sketch, and $17,780 for his handwritten autobiography, the Marshals said.
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The auction, which ended June 2, included personal documents, such as driver's licenses, birth certificates, deeds, checks, academic transcripts, photos, and his handwritten codes; typewriters; tools; clothing; watches; several hundred books; and more than 20,000 pages of written documents.
The final sale price for each lot can be found by going to GSA Auctions, General Services Administration, Government Site for Auctions. Scroll down and click on "Other" in the left-side menu. Click on "Closed Auctions." In the "Search within results" box, enter 41QSCI11279, click on "Search."
Kaczynski terrorized the US beginning in 1978 with a mail bombing spree that that killed 3 people and injured 23 others. He was arrested in 1996 and ultimately Kaczynski pleaded guilty to setting 16 bombs and was sentenced to life in prison, and courts authorized auctions to help settle $15 million worth of restitution.
Kaczynski has been in the news lately because the FBI recently asked for his DNA as part of its ongoing investigation into the unsolved 1982 Tylenol murders.
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