Unabomber Battles Auction

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2009 3:36 AM CDT
The cabin used by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is seen on display at the Newseum in Washington. It's on loan from the FBI Tour.   (AP Photo/Newseum, James P. Blair)
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(Newser) – Unabomber Ted Kacynski is battling plans by the federal government to auction his belongings, including diaries, typewriters, a hatchet, and his trademark sunglasses and hooded jacket, reports CNN. Proceeds of the sales will go to four wounded survivors of his  mail bomb attacks who are owed $15 million awarded to them in a civil suit. In a hand-written legal document, Kacynski has noted that a district court order allowing the auction "violates K's First Amendment rights."

"I don't think he has any rights to anything," said renowned geneticist Charles Epstein, who was injured by a bomb delivered to his San Francisco home in 1993. "I regard him as the essence of evil. He has no compassion." Kacynski's only avenue of appeal to the district court ruling is to the US Supreme Court.