Us Marshall’s have confirmed that a wide range of personal effects belonging to The Unabomber aka Ted Kaczynski are to go on sale through an online auction, the proceeds of which will be given to the families of Kaczynski’s victims, which will run from May 18 to June 2.
But why the f@ck would anyone want to own the sunglasses, trademark hoodie, hiking boots or the tools he used to construct his mail bombs? For those of you unfamiliar with the history surrounding The Unabomber here’s a brief synopsis:
Ted Kaczynski was born in Chicago, Illinois, where, as an intellectual child prodigy, he excelled academically from an early age. Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree, and later earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley at age 25, but resigned two years later.
In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water, in Lincoln, Montana, where he lived as a recluse while learning survival skills in an attempt to become self-sufficient. He decided to start a bombing campaign after watching the wilderness around his home being destroyed by development. From 1978 to 1995, Kaczynski sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring 23. Kaczynski sent a letter to The New York Times on April 24, 1995 and promised “to desist from terrorism” if the Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto. In his Industrial Society and Its Future (also called the “Unabomber Manifesto”), he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organization.The Unabomber was the target of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most costly investigations. Before Kaczynski’s identity was known, the FBI used the handle “
UNABOM” (“UNiversity and Airline BOMber”) to refer to his case, which resulted in the media calling him the Unabomber.
For more info on this auction and pics of the items up for sale chart a course for HERE.