☛ US Marshals Public Affairs photostream on Flickr: Item Unabomb001 “This is the L3 Smith-Corona portable manual typewriter that Kaczynski used to type most of his UNABOM documents, including the “UNABOM Manifesto.” This typewriter was seized by the FBI during the search of his cabin in April 1996.” Photographed May 12, 2011
From the Associated Press, May 17, 2011 (via The New York Times):
The United States Marshals Service is hoping to make money from people looking to own a piece of the Unabomber, from his sneakers to a copy of his manifesto. An online auction of personal items that once belonged to Theodore J. Kaczynski begins Wednesday, and proceeds will benefit the victims’ families. The items include handwritten letters, typewriters, tools, clothing and several hundred books. Mr. Kaczynski, 69, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in 1998 to causing 16 explosions that killed three people and injured 23 others in various parts of the country.
From GSA Auctions:
Sale of Theodore John Kaczynski aka “The Unabomber” items – Per a Court Order in the criminal case United States V. Theodore J. Kaczynski (96-cr-259-GEB, E D. Cal.; 06-10514, 9th Circuit), the government has been ordered to conduct a “well-publicized” internet sale of Kaczynski’s seized property to be sold to the general public in the effort to pay off a $15 million restitution order to the victims and their families. Unlike other sales, neither the U.S. Marshals Service nor GSA will receive any revenue from this sale. Please click here [PDF] for more details about the auctions.
Ted Kaczynski, our home grown philosopher/terrorist, serving life in prison for crimes either committed out of dedication to a cause, or madness or both, had not only been extracted from his rural home but the home itself has been incarcerated. The cabin was shipped across the country to be used as evidence in his trial.
In May 9, 2011 edition of The New Yorker one can read that Ted Kaczynski once offered his cabin to Scharlette Holdman, an investigator on his defense team who has helped avoiding him the death penalty (see “The Mitigator” by Jeffrey Toobin, May 9, 2001, p. 34). The article says the government opposed to the gift while the Wikipedia article says she got the cabin (but the link supporting this claim is dead).