David Kaczynski and his wife, Linda E. Patrik, have decided to sell the book and movie rights to their role in the arrest of Kaczynski's brother, Theodore J., who later confessed to being the Unabomber.
The couple said they need to pay several hundred thousand dollars to Anthony Bisceglie, their attorney, who went to the FBI with their suspicions and fended off the media and helped in trying to save Theodore Kaczynski from the death penalty.
The couple has used only $250,000 of the $1 million reward they received from the FBI to pay Bisceglie because they want that money to go to the Unabomber's victims. David Kaczynski has lobbied Congress to pass legislation protecting the rest from taxes, but is pessimistic about its prospects.
Any money left over from the rights sale also will go to the victims, the couple said.
David Kaczynski said his wife failed to persuade him to write a book himself about their ordeal.
"I don't feel ready to go into all the details of the family history at this point," he told the Daily Gazette of Schenectady.