Former University of California at Berkley math professor Theodore John Kaczynski is escorted into the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont., Thursday, April 4, 1996. Kaczynski, suspected of being the deadly Unabomber whose attacks have baffled authorities for 18 years, was to be charged Thursday with possessing the components of a bomb found in a search of his mountain cabin.
The personal items of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski brought in more than $232,000 in an online auction Thursday. His journals alone fetched nearly $41,000.
Kaczynski, born in Chicago and raised in Evergreen Park, is serving a life sentence for a mail-bombing spree that killed three people and injured 23 others over a period of nearly 20 years. He was arrested at his remote cabin in Montana in 1996.
A federal judge approved the sale last year, with the stipulation that proceeds from the auction go toward the $15 million in restitution that Kaczynski was ordered to pay his victims.
Kaczynski’s journals, which brought in at least $40,676, describe his “thoughts and feelings about himself, society and living in the wilderness.” According to the auction description, the journals include admissions to specific Unabomb and other crimes.
More than 20 people bid on the typewriter Kaczynski used to type his infamous manifesto, which alone brought in $20,000, and other documents, bringing the bid to at least $22,003.
Kaczynski claimed in his manifesto that he was compelled to carry out the bombings to call attention to the decline of freedom because of modern technology and industrial organization.