Unabomber objects to cabin display at Newseum
By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
(08-12) 19:13 PDT San Francisco (AP) --
Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski wrote a letter to a federal appeals court complaining about a museum exhibit of the tiny cabin where he plotted an 18-year bombing spree.
Kaczynski, who is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole, says the display at the Newseum in Washington runs counter to his victims' wish to limit further publicity about the case.
The 10-foot by 12-foot cabin is the largest of approximately 200 artifacts in the "G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI's First Century" exhibit, which opened in June. Other items include John Dillinger's death mask, Patricia Hearst's coat and the electric chair in which convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann was executed.
Kaczynski said in the three-page, handwritten letter to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that he learned his cabin was at the Newseum from a June 19 newspaper ad in the Washington Post.
Susan Bennett, vice president and deputy director of the Newseum, said the exhibition is aimed at exploring "sometimes cooperative, sometimes combative" relationships between the news and law enforcement.
"I think what's interesting is, after all these years, that Ted Kaczynski would be concerned about the exhibit's impact on his victims," Bennett said.