Online Auction of Unabomber's Stuff Is Just Plain Creepy

Nicole Fabian-Weber
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hoodie and sunglassesSome of the creepiest things ever, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's personal items, are being auctioned. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Marshals Service have been ordered to hold a "well-publicized" Internet sale of Kaczynski's stuff in order to pay off a $15 million restitution order to the victims and their families.

Very innovative, but ... really? You guys really want the Unabomber's stuff? In your house? Where you eat? And sleep?

Guess so, 'cause I just checked the auction site and there's currently a $20,000 bid for Kaczynski's "hoodie and sunglasses" disguises, as well as an $18,000 bid on his handwritten "unabomber manifesto."

Some other big ticket items are:

  • His diploma from the University of Michigan and from Harvard University
  • Kaczynski’s mental health records
  • Personal journals
  • Manual for Wilderness Survival
  • Long black knife

Yes, this is fascinating stuff, but what is happening here, people? Does anyone else see anything weird and creepy about bidding on Ted Kaczynski’s long black knife? If you're so into "celebrity souvenirs," why not bid on Elizabeth Taylor's jewels or Princess Beatrice's hat?

This stuff would have been better served -- if making money is the name of the game -- if it were sitting in some weird, freaky museum, as opposed to the place where you eat cereal in your bathrobe and watch The Bachelorette. Big difference there.

Although, who are we kidding, the people who can afford this kind of sick swag don't eat cereal out of the box (they might watch The Bachelorette). They're rich folk, who have nothing better to do than collect a mass murderer's "tax forms and receipts" (yeah, that's there, too).

It's lovely that the victims and families will get some sort of cash for everything they've been through, but it's kind of sad that this is the manner in which they will receive it. This just seems all sorts of messed up. And super creepy.

Would you ever bid on one of Ted Kaczynski's items?

 

Image via GSA Auctions

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