The US Marshals Service and the General Services Administration has begun the process of auctioning off some of the personal effects of Theodore Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. There are 58 lots in the auction, which ends June 2; the bidding can be followed (and entered) here. The lots include banal items like a hatchet and a scale, more ghoulish pieces like the small tooks that might have been used in bomb-making, and more iconic items, like his famous hoodie and a selection of sunglasses, which are being sold together in a lot (current bid: $5025). For the literary-minded, Kaczynski’s Smith Corona portable typewriter can be had (present bid: $5175), as can a typewritten manuscript of his tome Industrial Society and Its Future (currently $2525), as can the original handwritten manuscript, now selling for $12,025. The item most attractive to my perverse eye: Kaczynski’s diplomas from Harvard and Michigan. I think that would be something I’d like to hang in an office somewhere.
[Cross-posted at the Monkey Cage]