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Government Completes "Unabomber" Auction



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    Theodore John Kaczynski is flanked by federal agents as he is led to a car from the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont., Thursday, April 4, 1996.

    Janine Vaccarello is now the proud owner of some famous tools of destruction.

    Vaccarello, COO at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in D.C., submitted the winning bid of $1,766 for Ted Kaczynski’s passport photos, a wood saw and a scale he used to carry out his deadly attacks.

    Those items were just a few of the many that were up for auction by the federal government.

    According to Reuters, the journals that belonged to the man known as “the Unabomber” went for more than $40,000, the highest bid of all of Kaczynski’s items.

    His typewriter went for $22,000, and his infamous hoodie and sunglasses fetched more than $20,000.

    In all, collectors paid more than $200,000 for 58 items seized during the raid of Kaczynski's remote Montana cabin in 1996. The money goes to victims and their families.

    In Washington, Vaccarello monitored the auction all day long.

    "There is something strange about describing emotions of happiness and a criminal artifact in the same sentence,'' Vaccarello said. "I am happy that the funds raised are going to victims and I am happy that our museum can add some artifacts regarding Kaczynski. I think items like this belong in a museum, and a crime museum is the best fit.''

    Arrival date of the new items at the museum is still to be determined.

    The Unabomber killed three people and wounded another 29 with homemade bombs sent by mail from 1978 to 1995, until he was captured in a Montana cabin in 1996.

    The 69-year-old Kaczynski is currently serving a life sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.