To most people, Theodore Kaczynski's bomb-making tools are meaningless relics from a life devoted to mayhem. but to Janine Vaccarello, COO of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, they're priceless. For a mere $1,766 at an online government auction that ended yesterday, Vaccarello's museum was the winning bidder for Kaczynski's black and white passport photos, along with the wood saw and Hanson Model 1509 scale that the man known as the Unabomber used in his deadly attacks.
In all, collectors paid more than $200,000 for 58 items—such as his iconic hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses ($20,025), a handwritten "manifesto" ($20,053), and a Smith Corona Typewriter ($22,003). His personal journals fetched $40,676. The money goes to victims and their families.