How much for the Unabomber’s chemistry set?

May 20, 2011

Blog Guy, I’d really like to own something that belonged to a famous dumbass, but I couldn’t afford that autograph of Jesse James that went for $51,000. Is there a more affordable dumbass sale going on?

I’m sorry, but genuine dumbass stuff is expensive. For example, the U.S. Marshals Service, the folks who sold Bernie Madoff’s underwear a few months ago, is auctioning off personal stuff belonging to Ted Kaczynski.

The Unabomber?

Yep. Kaczynski, who killed three people and injured many others, doesn’t need the stuff anymore, what with serving a life sentence in prison.

The online auction still has two more weeks to run, and bidding is already very competitive. A hand-written copy of his nutjob “Manifesto” has offers of over $15,000, and his hoodie and sunglasses have 19 bidders so far, with a top offer of over $20,000.

Wait a minute. There are at least 19 people who want the Unabomber’s hoodie and sunglasses?

Yeah, it kind of restores your faith in mankind, doesn’t it? Look, if you don’t have much to spend, I’d recommend Kaczynski’s letters to his Aunt Freda.¬† The top bid for those is only $185 so far.

That’s more like it. Any idea what the letters to Aunt Freda say?

Probably something like, “Dear Aunt Freda, thanks for the nice hoodie and sunglasses, sincerely, your dumbass nephew.”

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Top: Screen grab of auction Website

Right: Theodore Kaczynski  in his booking mugshot from April, 1996. REUTERS/Handout

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Will any of the letters go boom when you open them?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

The world of dumbass never cease to surprise…

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Keeps reaffirming my faith that Donald Trump shall sell very well… oh wait, he already is!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

No letters to or from his haberdasher. No wonder he was so misguided.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@fwd: when you think “dumbass”, are you thinking Kaczynski, the person auctioning his stuff, or the people bidding on his stuff?

Makes me wonder how interesting some of those letters are.

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

@skeres: Both. :)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

@skeres:they are def both dumbasses, i wonder what the dumbasses that are buying that stuff are thinking

Posted by beerweasel | Report as abusive