“Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski may soon be in front of the Supreme Court this week trying to stop a public auction of his personal possessions , who terrorized the country with a series of mail bombs over nearly two decades, is fighting to stop a public auction of his diaries and other personal possessions to compensate his victims.
Kaczynski has been fighting for five years to stop the auction. Four of his victims won a $15 million award against Kaczynski. The auction sets up a curious contradiction. Victims like Dr. Charles Epstein rightfully describe him as “the essence of evil. He’s evil and amoral.” Yet, they are interested in auctioning his personal items to people who want a piece of evil.
After pleading guilty in 1998, Kaczynski is serving a life term in the federal “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado.
For those who are shopping for that father who has everything for upcoming Father’s Day, the Kaczynski auction offers tools, typewriters, knives and a hatchet; Kaczynski’s degrees from Harvard and the University of Michigan and his diaries (all 40,000 pages). For the more criminally style conscious, there are the sunglasses and hooded jacket that he made all the rage.
The 9th Circuit has already ruled against Kaczynski and he has until next week to file a petition for review before the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, Kaczynski’s brother David is doing interviews to market his new book, Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry. He is now the Executive Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.
“Murderabelia” is a popular market for people who want to buy art or other items from famous criminals — something victims usually oppose. There is even a website murderauction.com dedicated to this macabre merchandise.
In the case of John Wayne Gacy’s paintings, some of the works were purchased and publicly burned by victims.
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