More joys of public history

Let’s assume you’re a convicted mail-bomber who’s currently enjoying the hospitality of the federal government.  Imagine your surprise when you open the Washington Post and find that Washington, D.C.’s Newseum has a special exhibit (“G-Men and Journalists”) about the evolving relationship between the media and the FBI–and the centerpiece is the cabin in which you lived.

So what do you do?  Well, if you’re Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, you send a letter of protest to a federal court.  According to this news story, Kaczynski thinks the exhibit violates his victims’ wishes to avoid undue publicity.  How thoughtful.

Besides the Unabomber cabin, “G-Men and Journalists” includes Hoover’s desk, Dillinger’s death mask, and the electric chair that killed Bruno Hauptmann.  Controversies aside, this looks like a fascinating exhibition for anybody interested in the history of American law enforcement.

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