Unabomber items bought by National Museum of Crime & Punishment

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Measuring instruments and hand tools sold for $2,603, a hatchet and small handheld knives sold for $1,662, and a long black knife brought in $3,060. On the auction website, those items all carried an explanatory note saying that Kaczynski's construction of Unabom explosive devices was all done by hand without assistance of power tools and using where possible wood and metal scraps obtained from trash.

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Some victims and others opposed the auction as unseemly. They feared the publicity surrounding the event would add to Kaczynski's renown at a time when they want him to languish quietly in the supermax federal prison in Florence, Colo.

There was concern that some of the writings contained Kaczynski's gloating over the bombings between 1978 and 1995. Kaczynski, who sent bombs to university professors and planted one on a plane, got his nickname after the FBI dubbed the still-unidentified suspect the "University and Airline Bomber," with the FBI code UNABOM.

Kaczynski led authorities on the nation's longest, costliest manhunt before his brother tipped off authorities in 1996.

FBI agents painstakingly censored all references to Kaczynski's victims in the 40,000 pages of documents and other items seized from the cabin and put up for sale.

"You find that people are all over the board in terms of how we should deal with those who are responsible," said Albert Najera, the U.S. marshal for the eastern district of California, where Kaczynski was charged.

While some victims and their families don't want to relive the past, others "are very glad we're doing this," said Najera, who has worked in law enforcement for 36 years and has dealt with thousands of victims.

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