25.5.11

Haunting images / US Marshals list Ted "Unibomber" Kaczynski's personal items up for auction on Flickr



The US Marshals Service is holding an online auction of Ted Kaczynski, the unibomber's items and belongings. Even though the proceeds will be donated to the family of his victims, I find the whole situation to be rather strange, macabre, and unsettling.

I found it rather interesting that the US Marshals Service decided to use Flickr, an image and video hosting website where users can post images and give feedback on images. In doing so, US Marshals Service opened itself up to both voyeuristic lurking as well as outspoken opposition.

Opinions ranged from, "[this is] appealing to those with money to spend who have an affinity for sensationalizing the gruesome and macabre" to "Let me get this straight. You won't show the pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden, but you're willing to sell the Unabomber's tools?" to "By owning or wanting any of these artifacts you are not "glorifying The Unabomber"; it is just owning a piece of American history!"

The images are a bit haunting.

Unabomber items to be offered in online auction
(SOURCE: Associated Press)

The infamous manifesto, in which Ted Kaczynski condemned the industrial and technological revolutions, will be offered in an online government auction from May 18 through June 2, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement.

The auction offering will include more than 20,000 pages of written documents, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions of the manifesto. Personal documents including Kaczynski's birth certificate, photos, handwritten notes, driver's licenses, deeds, checks, academic transcripts will also be up for auction.

The items were seized during a search of Kaczynski's cabin in the Montana woods following his capture in 1996.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell ordered the sale in August. Proceeds from the auction will be used to compensate Kaczynski's victims, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Kaczynski, 69, is serving life without the possibility of parole in a federal prison after pleading guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people, including two in Sacramento, Calif., and injured 23 others in various parts of the country. (source)



{via Flickr / US Marshals Public Affairs}