Monday, May 23, 2011

oh, this old thing?

No matter what people claim, everybody loves to shop. It's just a matter of finding something worth buying. This is how my co-worker Bill feels about the US Marshall's Unabomber Auction.
What? You haven't heard about the Unabomber Auction? Allow me to fill you in:

"Sale of Theodore John Kaczynski aka “The Unabomber” items – Per a Court Order in the criminal case United States V. Theodore J. Kaczynski (96-cr-259-GEB, E D. Cal.; 06-10514, 9th Circuit), the government has been ordered to conduct a “well-publicized” internet sale of Kaczynski’s seized property to be sold to the general public in the effort to pay off a $15 million restitution order to the victims and their families. Unlike other sales, neither the U.S. Marshals Service nor GSA will receive any revenue from this sale."

First of all, I love that I live in a time where the government is selling a killer's crap on the internet for everyone to gawk at.
Second of all, INTERESTING! Right?
You have until June 2nd to shop, folks. A hoodie and sunglasses, presumably the ones he wore for his famous wanted poster police sketch are currently at $20,025. And the handwritten copy of the Unabomber manifesto is currently going for $17,525. So we're looking at more reasonable items. Bill's first choice is "Hatchet and Small Hand Held Knives."
When we first looked, these items were holding steady at $50. They're currently up to over $600. My first choice is the "Miscellaneous Clothing" lot, selling for $350. Check this shit out:
Subtle.

What is on the bottom of these shoes? Lifts? Seriously. What is that?


And then the US Marshall version of Andre Leon Talley includes this description:

"ONE LOT TO CONSIST OF NAVY BLUE JACKET, PANTS, GREEN HOODED JACKET, BLACK JACKET, PAIR OF BROWN/GREEN HIKING SHOES, GREEN JACKET, AND GLOVES. KACZYNSKI~S CLOTHING COLLECTION WAS SOMEWHAT LIMITED AND VERY FUNCTIONAL, CHOSEN TO PROTECT HIM FROM THE ELEMENTS OF THE MONTANA WILDERNESS. KACZYNSKI UTILIZED GLOVES FOR A VARIETY OF PURPOSES. HE USED GLOVES, SANDING AND CHEMICAL TREATMENTS TO REMOVE AND AVOID LEAVING FINGERPRINTS ON HIS BOMB COMPONENTS. HE ALSO WORE CLOTHES SO AS TO NOT LEAVE HIS FINGERPRINTS AT THE SCENE OF ACTS OF VANDALISM HE COMMITTED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IN VARIOUS WILDERNESS LOCATIONS. 1531F811390059"

Again, I say INTERESTING!
If you need to waste another hour on the internet today, please check out the Unabomber Trunk Sale and let me know which items you find most fascinating. Also, I'd like to hear who else's crap you'd buy. I am interesting in anything belonging to Albert Fish, David Carpenter and the Zodiac hood...

5 comments:

Lt. Joe Bookman said...

What is on the bottom of these shoes? Lifts? Seriously. What is that?

Come on, Beth! They are the soles from a second pair of shoes to disguise the sole pattern of the shoes actually being worn. What happened to "staring at our big dry erase board of clues and loosening our holsters?" That was an easy one.

Beth Spotswood said...

Who are you, you mysterious and obviously totally correct genius? Eve and I officially invite you to join our investigative team. We're obviously slipping...

Lt. Joe Bookman said...

Well, thank you very much. Not quite ready for The Vidocq Society just yet, but I dabble.

I attribute it to O.J's Bruno Maglis popping into my head. Thank you, Juice.

Beth Spotswood said...

Please, Lt. Joe Bookman, let there be a 2011 version of this: http://www.vidocq.org/vidocq_Din.html

Nick Addesso said...

I knew right away what the second pair of shoes was. As mentioned before to conceal the actual tracks of his much larger shoes. I believe the Japanese had something similar in WWII, it was an attachment to the bottom of their boots that would look like a foot-print. A few foot-prints in the sand do not raise suspicion but a few dozen boot-prints do.