Unabomber items up for auction

Now you too can own a piece of history... but would you really want to? Photos on Flickr under U.S. Marshalls Public Affairs

Procrastination and late nights are very me. Not the healthiest habits but because much of my work is on my computer, it is so easy to surf from site to site when I should be focused.

In the past, I have been the … ahem … “winner” of government auctions through GSAAuctions.gov. Lesson #1 – never buy a lot of furniture if you do not own a semi-truck!! No matter how cheap the bid is. On a positive note, I have some very nice solid wood barrister bookcases and some solid army file cabinets. Don’t ask what happened to the 90% left of my stupid purchase or how much I had to pay for freight.

But check out what you have the chance be the proud owner of…

The message that the Unabomber’s junk was going to be sold and profit given to the families of his victims was accompanied by this press release:

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

Definitely not the way to get a Harvard degree. Photos found on Flickr under U.S. Marshalls Public Affairs

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. 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. The online catalog, which will include approximately 60 lots of property, will be on the Web at http://www.gsaauctions.gov beginning May 18. Items to be sold include 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, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions of the “UnabomManifesto.”

“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.”

Photos of selected auction lots are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usmarshals/ (click on “Sets”). The catalog, photos and descriptions of all the lots will be available at http://www.gsaauctions.gov when the auction goes live on May 18.

Oh yeah, but if you were interested in Laredo auction items – you can bid on some old keyboards or a lot of 60 various cell phone chargers, no semi-truck required :P.


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One Response to Unabomber items up for auction

  1. Juan says:

    Excellent post. I was snooping around and liked the variety that you write about. Keep up the good work.

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