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The Tragically Hip Beauty Of The Unabomber's Personal Items [Slideshow]

And they're all for sale, in an online auction.

  • <p>Kaczynski’s Sears-brand arrows evoke the retro-woodsy chic that’s all over fashion blogs nowadays. He used them hunt animals around his remote Montana cabin.</p>
  • <p>The collection includes a pair of glasses similar to those Kaczynski was believed to have worn when he bombed a computer store in Salt Lake City in 1987 -- the only attack at which he was ever seen, resulting in this famous sketch. The U.S. Marshals are selling the glasses with -- what else? -- a hooded sweatshirt.</p>
  • <p>Pretty sure we saw this exact pair on sale at Urban Outfitters.</p>
  • <p>Found during the search of Kaczynski’s cabin.</p>
  • <p>New duffel bags from American Apparel!</p>
  • <p>Kaczynski used axes to chop wood for heat. Brooklyn dudes use them for wall decor!</p>
  • <p>Kaczynski’s typed copy of the 35,000-word Unabomber Manifesto. The real prize of the auction, a hand-written version, is going for more than $10,000.</p>
  • 01 /17 | Bows and arrows

    Kaczynski’s Sears-brand arrows evoke the retro-woodsy chic that’s all over fashion blogs nowadays. He used them hunt animals around his remote Montana cabin.

  • 02 /17 | Sunglasses

    The collection includes a pair of glasses similar to those Kaczynski was believed to have worn when he bombed a computer store in Salt Lake City in 1987 -- the only attack at which he was ever seen, resulting in this famous sketch. The U.S. Marshals are selling the glasses with -- what else? -- a hooded sweatshirt.

  • 03 /17 | Shoes

    Pretty sure we saw this exact pair on sale at Urban Outfitters.

  • 04 /17 | Coin medallion

    Found during the search of Kaczynski’s cabin.

  • 05 /17 | Duffle bags

    New duffel bags from American Apparel!

  • 06 /17 | Axes

    Kaczynski used axes to chop wood for heat. Brooklyn dudes use them for wall decor!

  • 07 /17 | Wooden handle hammer
  • 08 /17 | Drill bits
  • 09 /17 | Miscellaneous tools
  • 10 /17 | Scissors
  • 11 /17 | Bow and arrows
  • 12 /17 | Postal scale
  • 13 /17 | Hand drill
  • 14 /17 | Duffle bag
  • 15 /17 | Protective eyewear
  • 16 /17 | Arrows
  • 17 /17 | Unabomber Manifesto

    Kaczynski’s typed copy of the 35,000-word Unabomber Manifesto. The real prize of the auction, a hand-written version, is going for more than $10,000.

The U.S. government is selling off the personal effects of Ted Kaczynski, America's most notorious technophobe, in an online auction. Goods include the hoodie and the aviator glasses that may or may not be the sweatshirt and the aviator glasses, some bows and arrows, a couple of wood-handled axes, his degree from Harvard, even his diary. Pardon our insensitivity for momentarily mistaking the closet of a vicious killer for that of a 27-year-old "lumberjack" living in Williamsburg.

Kaczynski was Paul Bunyan with a violent streak.

Our proto hipster? The Unabomber. And it is not just Kaczynski's belongings — wrecked canvas Zig Zag shoes, which are currently being ripped off by Alife, Etnies, and others, the torn box of Sears-brand arrows, and a crumbled nylon backpack and duffel that look like they came from the discount bin at Urban Outfitters. It's the yellowy stain of the photographs and the flat, linear arrangement of the objects. It's the ubiquitous wood ruler — a measure, in all senses, of the self-styled Neo-Luddism on display. If you poke around men's fashion blogs, this should all appear oddly familiar.

It's bizarre and a bit disconcerting to see the aesthetic convergence between the accoutrements of a killer and the precious woodsiness fetishized on sites like The Scout and Fuck Yeah Menswear. In fact, this whole slideshow looks like a window display for any number of men's boutiques in Brooklyn.

The difference, of course, is that Kaczynski was an actual woodsman, a dogged adversary of the techno-industrial complex who lived in a cabin in the remote reaches of central-west Montana. He used axes to chop fuel for his wood-burning oven and bows and arrows to hunt animals for sustenance. He made bombs by hand. He was Paul Bunyan with a violent streak.

Our 27-year-old hipster lumberjack, on the other hand, might know how to order a flannel shirt on his iPhone, but he can barely kill a spider in his apartment, let alone field dress an eight-point. This is where we are, though. A rustic technophobe would fit right in, style-wise, with a generation of faux-rustic technophiles.

The kicker: His belongings are being auctioned, eBay style.

The kicker: His belongings are being auctioned online, eBay style — with a marketing campaign that also lives largely on the web. As U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue tells Co.Design, this the the first time that the department has posted photographs of an auction lot on Flickr for all to see, whenever they want, on whatever device they please. It's a sly middle finger to everything Kaczynski believed in. In a prepared statement, U.S. Marshal Albert Nájera said, "We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life. The proceeds will go to his victims and, in a very small way, offset some of the hardships they have suffered."

... And probably inspire a line of gear at Freeman's Sporting Club.

View the auction here.

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