Feds hope to make money off Unabomber's manifesto

May 17, 2011 - 4:30 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is hoping to make a buck from those looking to own a piece of the Unabomber — from his sneakers to a copy of his infamous manifesto.

Bidders are invited to shop an online auction beginning Wednesday of personal items that once belonged to Ted Kaczynski. The items included handwritten letters, typewriters, tools, clothing and several hundred books.

The 69-year-old Kaczynski is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people.

A U.S. district judge ordered the items sold on August 2010.

State University of New York at Albany criminal justice professor James Acker says such items have scholarly and emotional value that could net a profit for the agency.