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Unabomber Updates Status in Harvard Alum Magazine

Rogers and Clark Co/AFP/Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- It's Homecoming Week in Cambridge, Mass. Fifty years after leaving dear old Harvard, the distinguished members of the class of 1962 are renewing old ties.

In the Harvard alumni magazine, Alden writes he is retired from the bench, but still takes an occasional assignment as a Superior Court judge. Brian and his wife report they are working with inner-city kids when they're not at their place in Normandy.

John has just come out with his latest collection of essays.

And Ted has just started his 15th year at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

Ted, of course, is Theodore John Kaczynski, the notorious "Unabomber" who was sentenced in May 1998 to eight life sentences for killing three people and injuring 23 more in a campaign of terror that lasted nearly 20 years.

Kaczynski's class note appears, in its proper alphabetical place, just ahead of Joseph Kadane's. It was tweeted by a fellow Harvard alum, Alex Taussig, who calls it "morbidly amusing."

Kaczynski, 70, lists his occupation as "Prisoner." Those eight life sentences he puts under "Awards." Under "Publications" he lists that infamous 50-page screed against the modern world, which The New York Times and The Washington Post agreed to print in exchange for Kaczynski's promise to end his bombing campaign.

It was that "Manifesto" that led to his capture. Kaczynski's brother recognized the writing style and alerted the feds.

Kaczynski is not the only former Harvard student to be locked up. Henry David Thoreau spent a night in the Concord, Mass., jail rather than pay the poll tax. Folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger was sentenced to a year in prison for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Not all Harvard's prisoners can claim to be prisoners of conscience. Jeffrey Skilling (MBA, 1979) is serving 24 years in prison for his role in the collapse of Enron. Other Harvard alums have been imprisoned for embezzlement, insider trading, identity theft and murder.

Kaczynski's slide from promise to prison might be the most extreme of all. An intellectual prodigy, he was accepted to Harvard when he was just 16. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and he was teaching at U.C.-Berkeley when he was just 25.

While the Harvard Class of '62 can claim many accomplishments, Gary Peterson tells the Harvard Crimson Kaczynski "is more famous than anyone else in our class."

So while Ted will not be attending Wednesday night's class dinner in the McCurdy Track Tent, he is certain to be a topic of conversation.

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FBI Probes Unabomber Connection to Tylenol Murders

Clark Co/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, offered to provide DNA samples to help the FBI in their investigation of the 1982 Tylenol murders, but if -- and only if -- the government did not go forward with an online auction of his personal effects, the convicted killer said in court documents.

The government, however, went ahead with the auction Wednesday in which various possessions of Kaczynski's -- from his infamous anti-technology hand-written manifesto to his typewriter -- are currently fetching thousands of dollars.

"Kaczynski has not been indicted in connection with the Chicago Tylenol investigation, and no such federal prosecution is currently planned," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in its own court filing in response to Kaczynski's. "Consequently, there is no basis for an order interfering with the sale previously approved by the district court, as directed by the court of appeals."

The FBI said Kaczynski was among "numerous individuals" from whom the Bureau tried to obtain voluntary DNA samples as part of a reexamination of the 1982 killings in which seven Chicago residents ingested Tylenol capsules laced with deadly cyanide.

A week before the auction, Kaczynski filed court papers claiming he had nothing to do with the crime and agreeing to provide the sample should his possessions remain private until his death.

"I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide," he wrote. "But, even on the assumption that the FBI is entirely honest (an assumption I'm unwilling to make), partial DNA profiles can throw suspicion on person who are entirely innocent."

Kaczynski asserted that if he is a suspect and his DNA profile is related to the 1982 killings, "some of the evidence seized from my cabin in 1986 may turn out to be important," apparently referring to some of the objects up for auction.

Kaczynski is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted in 1998 for killing three people and injuring over 20 others in a mail bombing spree that spanned two decades.

The proceeds from the auction will serve as part of the "effort to pay $15 million restitution order to the victims [of Kaczynski's crimes] and their families," according to the government auction website.

The FBI announced it was making a reexamination of the Tylenol case in 2009 "given the many recent advances in forensic technology" and new tips which had been called in on the 25th anniversary of the murders two years before.

The Sacramento Bee first reported on the court filing.

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US Marshals to Auction Personal Items of 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski

U.S. Marshals(WASHINGTON) -- On May 18, the U.S. Marshals will begin auctioning the personal effects of Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber.

The auction, which will take place online at will offer a catalogue consisting of approximately 60 lots of property, officials say.  Items such as Kaczynski's driver's licenses, photos, clothing and personal documents will be available for auction on the Web site.  Original handwritten and typewritten versions of the "Unibomber Manifesto" will also be sold.

Proceeds from the sale, which will run through June 2, will be used to compensate Kaczynski's victims by order of U.S. District Court Judge Garland Burrell.

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