Skip to comments.Government auctions Unabomberís property (Algore warming up the checkbook?)
Posted on 05/14/2011 5:28:49 AM PDT by Libloather
Government auctions Unabombers property
By Ylan Q. Mui, Published: May 13
There is nothing sinister about the gray hooded sweatshirt anymore, no mystery behind the aviator sunglasses.
Once, they were among the hallmarks of Ted Kaczynski, the anarchist Unabomber who killed three people and injured almost two dozen more during a nearly 20-year reign of terror. Now, his old clothes adorn a mannequin in a sterile government office in an online photo tagged Unabomb0001.
This is the first of 51 lots of Kaczynskis personal belongings that the government will auction online next week in what amounts to Uncle Sams version of eBay. The bidding begins Wednesday, but the Justice Department has posted pictures of the goods to its Flickr stream to drum up interest a final swipe at a man bent on stopping technology in its tracks.
We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life, said U.S. Marshal Albert Najera of the Eastern District of California.
The auction is part of a court order finalized last summer to sell off Kaczynskis property and turn the proceeds over to victims of his attacks. There will be no reserve bids and no price ceilings. Instead, it will be up to the public to determine how much the remnants of Kaczynskis life are worth.
His original, handwritten anarchist manifesto is photographed as Unabomb02. Unabomb42 shows the hand tools he kept stowed in a box of Tide detergent. Unabomb19 features a tan duffel bag. The items are housed at a Government Services Administration outpost in Georgia.
The prices will be what the market will bear, U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue said. We dont have an estimate of how much it will bring in.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Kaczynski had arrived at the federal courthouse this morning wearing his jail jumpsuit but no undershorts. Kaczynski changes from the jumpsuit into his own clothes at the courthouse each day. He reportedly told the marshals he lost his underwear in the shower after they noticed it missing.
Blanas said an initial search of his cell did not uncover Kaczynski's underwear, leading his jailers to suspect he flushed the garment down the toilet. But during a second search, the briefs were found in a smaller plastic bag inside Kaczynski's trash can, Blanas said.
"The underwear appeared to be stretched," Blanas said. "It appeared to be used in the type of way we thought he did: putting it around his neck and trying to hang himself."
Mathematical genius writes manifesto railing against technology and is foiled by low tech undergarment. Oh, the irony.
Bite your tongue, woman! You know perfectly well the Obama administration doesnt approve of that kind of filthy language!
-——the wooded shack -——
I would like to see a comparative analysis of his wooded shack with the Thoreau cabin on Walden pond. I can see a Thoreau influence and wonder just how far it might have been carried in the transfer of thoughts from New England to Montana.
This stuff should be burned or consigned to the 10th sub-basement at the national archives.
Why feed the fantasies of idolaters and wannabe’s?
I agree and with the next thought wonder how many wannabes will attract the attention of the feds by bidding on the stuff.
If that happens maybe it will serve a good use.