Sacto 9-1-1
August 8, 2011
Unabomb auction checks being sent to Kaczynski's victims

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Checks for more than $225,000 in proceeds from the auction of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's possessions have been ordered mailed out to his victims.

A federal judge in Sacramento last week ordered the disbursement of the funds, which were raised through an online auction the government conducted. Bidding on Kaczynski's belongings ended June 2, with his handwritten journals drawing the largest bid: $40,676.

Kaczynski, serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado, pleaded guilty to 16 explosions that killed three people and injured 23 over nearly two decades.

He was ordered to pay $15 million in restitution, and the auction proceeds will be applied to that amount.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell ordered the following payments to four of his victims:

-- $185,177.23 to Susan Mosser, widow of advertising executive Thomas Mosser, who was killed in his New Jersey home in 1994 by a mail bomb.

-- $33,648.05 to Connie Murray, widow of Sacramento forester Gilbert Murray, who was killed by a bomb that went off in his office in 1995.

-- $3,545.47 to Gary Wright, a Salt Lake City computer store worker injured by a bomb in 1987.

-- and $3,364.81 to Lois Epstein, wife of University of California, San Francisco, physician and researcher Charles Epstein, who was severely injured by a 1993 mail bomb.

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