Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's weather-beaten shack, where he lived for 30 years and planned his lethal bombing campaign, is the object of intense interest from collectors and others who want to capitalize on its commercial value.
Among those who have inquired about the cabin in recent months are a pair of Florida disc jockeys, the managers of a Sacramento nonprofit organization and members of a group that collects serial-killer memorabilia, sources said.But the widow of forester Gilbert Murray, who died in 1995 after opening one of Kaczynski's package bombs in downtown Sacramento, said she was offended by the idea of the cabin being sold or given away and wants to see it "made into firewood."
"My first choice would be to see it dismantled quietly, without any media attention," said Connie Murray. "It's a sad commentary on our society that anyone would want to make money off of a tragedy that has caused pain to so many people."
A federal magistrate will make the final decision about the cabin's fate, acting on a petition from Kaczynski's lawyers.
Federal defender Quin Denvir said Friday he is unsure what he will recommend concerning the Unabomber's plywood shack, which has been sitting for months in a warehouse in Sacramento after being trucked from Montana for Kaczynski's aborted trial.
"I guess it could either be sold, given away or destroyed," he said. "We're going slow with it. It's not a top priority right now."
Denvir was reluctant to discuss in detail inquiries to his office about the crude cabin, which Kaczynski and his brother David built in the woods of Montana more than three decades ago.
"I don't want to start some kind of bidding war," he said. "But we have had inquiries."
So has the operator of the high-security warehouse at Mather Air Field where the cabin is being stored.
"I've had quite a few calls from all sorts of people who want to buy it or auction it," said Randy Turtle, vice president in charge of operations of SafeStore, which specializes in securing evidence for legal cases.