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June 10th, 2009
11:22 AM ET

Unabomber Items Up for Auction?

Abbie Boudreau from CNN's Special Investigations Unit got exclusive access to Ted Kaczynski's personal belongings - typewriters, clothing, tools, writings and diaries. His victims want to auction off the items to pay $15 million in restitution. Kaczynski is fighting to stop them. What do you think should happen to the items?

Leave comments or take the quick vote poll. Abbie's full report is coming up at 11:55am ET in the CNN Newsroom with Tony Harris.

Ted Kaczynski is fighting auction of possessions like this jacket and sunglasses made famous by a police sketch.

What should be done with the Unabomber's personal items?


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. karen kiefer

    I, for one, don't believe that this wil not morph into a full government health care system bc no one competes against the government and wins. Universal healthcare cannot and will never be as good as private care. England and canada are perfect examples of what goes wrong with the government system. To take away a persons freedom of choice to manage your own body is the ulitmate wrong. We need to address this cautiously and stop the fear campaign from our president that this has to happen overnight. Havent we had enough of that the last few months? Slow down. This is serious stuff. These changes are happening all too fast and without much thought or time put into them. I dont want my children to pay for this administrations need for speed in all things.Obama is capitalizing on his popularity at this moment at all of our expenses. Literally.

    June 10, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  2. tommy bilodeau

    Does anyone else realize how disturbing it is to be auctioning off Kaczynski's personal items? Who are the people that would actually want some of his things? Probably people who are just as sick and twisted as Kaczynski is. This is very wrong, the auction should never happen and all of his personal items should be destroyed.

    June 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  3. Lisa

    This is reference to what to do with Ted Kaczynski's's simple..BURN IT!

    June 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  4. David S

    If it weren't for the victims wanting to get monetary restitution, I say the personal items of the Unabomber should be blown up.

    June 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  5. James D.

    Shouldn't Kacyznski have some sort of license over his own creative works (the diaries?)

    The man's rotting in prison - it's not our place to punish him further through a public autopsy of his personal life.

    June 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  6. RJ

    Here I go again trying to post my opinion. Not sure why CNN provides its viewers with the option to leave opinions and as long as theres no profanity whats the problem? If your producers dont like a particular post or dont agree with it you at CNN seem to just get rid of it! I`m a registered Democrat and I dont always agree with the left wing ultra liberal! I wish CNN would stop editing peoples opinions solely based on their opinion! I can post my opinions a lot easier on FOX.COM and I assure you at CNN that my opinion conflicts with their (FOX) programming and views a lot more than CNN! Stop trying to be censors and be a fair and impartial media outlet!

    June 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  7. RJ

    His stuff should be like anyone elses stuff be returned to his family! One question I have for any victims out there, just who the heck are you going to sue? Quit trying to get a free ride, suck it up and move on, crap happens!

    June 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  8. Sheri Potter

    Unibomber clutter.
    I can understand police evidence or police museums keeping the diaries as to how such a killer thinks. Perhaps there are a few things along that line that should be kept.

    I can understand victims families needing restitution.

    If there is anything that is useful, it should be auctioned as anonymous items.

    Reason: Consider what kind of people would want to buy those things! Especially the trash items.

    However, if the police keep a list of who buys those items and keep an eye on them, perhaps a lot of other criminals could also be caught, before or after another crime.

    June 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  9. Stephen G

    Enough already with the coverage of this shooting in DC. There are shootings going on everywhere, all the time. Get outside the insular beltway. Is this going to go on the entire afternoon?

    June 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  10. nancy c.

    the anchor lady on holocaust shooting used too many "uh" in her words and i had to switch to other channel.

    June 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  11. Sunni Lucas

    has anyone noticed that gas prices have risen by 60 cents over the past 6 weeks. I need to know why this gas gauging continues and we continue to accept it. Stamps rose by 2 cents and the media was all over it.
    Is it because Obama is president and this is something that your going to attempt to hang over his head, even though the previous leadership started this madness.

    Its almost as though we are allowing bad things to happen then after the fact we want to point the finger. Why not question the oil industry now, when there is time to actual find out what is going on, instead of waiting to blame the new administration.

    June 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  12. Ankhorite

    His effects should be treated exactly like what they are: items entitled to protection, or not, under bankruptcy law.

    If they are the sort of materials which would NOT be seized and sold in a bankruptcy proceeding, they should go to his family.

    If they would be subject to seizure in a normal bankruptcy, THEN the government should seize and sell them. Question: would the federal prison system demand first right to whatever sums are produced, or would they let the families of the victims have the first share?

    June 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  13. John

    Does anyone know the date of this auction??

    June 11, 2009 at 12:42 am |
  14. michael armstrong sr.

    sell all that terds stuff he dont need it no more and rent his cabin out just dont auction off no dinamite or trigering devices.

    June 12, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  15. john o snoberger

    I can't believe people are buying that stuff I would burn his stuff for all the bomb he set in the U.S.

    August 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |

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