The government is auctioning off the belongings of notorious Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Take a gander at the collection of photos, they make this deranged sociopath almost appear to be some type of groovy, woodsy hipster. Honestly, they are appealing, from the style (or lack of) of photography; they have this retrospective Hipstamatic/Instragram dullness. The static presentation also reminds me of something that you would see on, Things Organized Neatly, a cool Tumblr blog for the minimalist with an obsessive compulsive disorder. One of the most “interesting” pieces is the typewriter; an L3 Smith-Corona portable manual typewriter that Kaczynski used to type most of his UNABOM documents, including the “UNABOM Manifesto,” seized by the FBI during the search of his cabin in April 1996. It will fetch, I am estimating, at least five figures from a fetishist collector who is looking for a piece of sinister history. The hoodie/sunglasses pack and handwritten manifesto are currently at $15,000. Very strange indeed.

U.S. Marshals to Auction Unabomber’s Personal Effects

WASHINGTON – The personal effects of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, will be sold via an online auction by the U.S. Marshals beginning May 18, 2011. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell of the Eastern District of California ordered the sale in August 2010. Proceeds from the auction will be used to compensate Kaczynski’s victims.

The auction will run from May 18 to June 2, 2011. The online catalog, which will include approximately 60 lots of property, will be on the Web at www.gsaauctions.gov beginning May 18.

“The U.S. Marshals Service has been given a unique opportunity to help the victims of Theodore Kaczynski’s horrific crimes,” said U.S. Marshal Albert Nájera of the Eastern District of California. “We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life. The proceeds will go to his victims and, in a very small way, offset some of the hardships they have suffered.”

 


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