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Woman Makes Most-Wanted List 40 Years After Murder

Joanne Chesimard was convicted of 1973 killing of NJ state trooper
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
Woman Makes Most-Wanted List 40 Years After Murder
This is an undated file photo provided by the New Jersey State Police showing Assata Shakur - the former Joanne Chesimard.   (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police, File)

(Newser) – The FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list now contains its first female: Joanne Chesimard. Her name was added to the list on the 40th anniversary of the murder of New Jersey state Trooper Werner Foerster, who was killed during a traffic stop, reports Fox News. Chesimard was convicted of the 1973 murder four years later; in 1979 three gunmen helped her bust out of prison, where she was serving a life sentence. She bubbled up in Cuba in the 1980s, where she was granted political asylum and now lives under the name Assata Shakur.

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The reward for the former member of the Black Liberation Army has been doubled to $2 million, reports the Record, which spoke with the State Police superintendent, who reveals he still has two detectives on the case. What officials know: She enjoys "rock star status" in Cuba, complete with a free place to live, thanks to her willingness to be an anti-American "propaganda specialist" for the Castro regime; she has even been invited to greet foreign delegations that arrive in the country. (Read more Joanne Chesimard stories.)

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