SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A federal judge has ordered that the proceeds from the June 2011 sale of items belonging to Ted Kaczynski, also known as “The Unabomber”, will be given to four of his victims.
Kaczynski’s personal journals fetched $40,676; the iconic hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses depicted in police sketch artist renderings accounted for $20,025; and his handwritten “manifesto” sold for $20,053. Other popular items included $22,003 for the Smith Corona typewriter seized from the cabin and $17,780 for his autobiography.
The auction was a culmination of a seven-year legal battle designed to block Kaczynski from regaining ownership of the property seized from his remote Montana cabin during a 1996 raid.
Kaczynski, representing himself in court, demanded return of the property so he could donate it to the University of Michigan, his alma mater. But because Kaczynski was ordered to pay his victims $15 million, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the property auctioned.
“He wanted his stuff back, and this way he doesn’t get it back,” said Susan Mosser, whose advertising executive husband Thomas was killed by a parcel bomb in 1994. “He also hasn’t paid a cent of restitution.”
In all, collectors snatched up 58 items seized during the raid of Kaczynski’s remote Montana cabin in 1996. All the bidders remained anonymous.
Kaczynski is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado for 16 explosions that killed three people and injured several others.