Courts & Crime

Unabomber's belonging earn over $230,000 in auction

The life and times of Ted Kaczynski as told in the Unabomber's voluminous handwritten journals was the biggest draw at the online auction of his personal belongings.

Bidding on the final item closed Thursday at 4:48 p.m. Pacific time.

The journals fetched $40,676, while bids for all 58 lots on the block during the two-week auction totaled $232,246. The money will be applied to the $15 million Kaczynski was ordered to pay as restitution to the victims of his homemade explosive devices at the time he was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 in Sacramento federal court.

The auction was ordered by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., who has presided over the prosecution since shortly after Kaczynski's arrest in 1996 at a cabin he built in the woods of Montana, where he crafted his deadly bombs. The items sold were all taken from the cabin.

Properties commanding comparatively large bids were a handwritten copy of his lengthy manifesto condemning modern technology, $20,053; a Smith Corona portable typewriter, $22,003; the cultural-icon gray hoodie and sunglasses depicted on a wanted poster's sketched rendition, $20,025; and Kaczynski's autobiography, $17,780.

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