The United States Marshals Service recently held an online auction (May 18 to June 2, 2011) for some personal items owned by Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. The purpose of the auction was to raise money to compensate Kaczynski’s victims. In all, the auction was able to raise $232,246. The items auctioned ranged from a typewriter, handwritten papers, and Kaczynski’s infamous hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.
Kaczynski plead guilty in 1998 for a string of bombings between 1978 and 1995 that killed three people and wounded 23 others. He is currently serving a life sentence in a federal prison (commonly referred to as Supermax) in Florence, Coloroado. Other notable inmates at Supermax include Robert Hanssen (FBI Agent who spied for USSR & Russia), Eric Rudolph (Centennial Olympic Park bombing), and Terry Nichols (Oklahoma City bombing).
If interested in learning more about Kaczynski’s life as the Unabomber, his victims, and the Supermax prison, check out some of the following books Law Library and University Library’s collection:
- Unabomber: a desire to kill by Robert Graysmith (1997)
- Harvard and the Unabomber: the education of an American terrorist by Alston Chase (2003)
- Drawing life: surviving the Unabomber by David Hillel Gelernter (1997)
- The United States of America versus Theodore John Kaczynski: ethics, power and the invention of the Unabomber by Michael Mello (1999)
- Supermax: controlling risk through solitary confinement by Sharon Shalev (2009)
- Supermax prisons and the Constitution: liability concerns in the extended control unit by Williams C. Collins (2004)