Joanne Chesimard Named FBI Most Wanted Terrorist; First Woman to Make List

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The FBI put a woman, Joanne Chesimard (also known as Assata Shakur), on its Most Wanted Terrorists list for the first time in history Thursday.

A '70s radical who authorities say murdered a New Jersey state trooper, Chesimard made a daring daylight escape from prison and fled to Cuba.

The agency and the state have a $2 million bounty on her capture.

Joanne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) Photo

Chesimard is actually the step-aunt of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

It's just the latest turn in the 40-year saga of Chesimard, who was part of the Black Liberation Army and one of the most notorious fugitives in U.S. history.

“While we cannot right the wrongs of the past, we can and will continue to pursue justice no matter how long it takes,” said Aaron Ford of the FBI.

To Chesimard, he said: “Give yourself up, come to America and face justice.”

Chesimard was found guilty of murder in the killing of Trooper Werner Foerster, who was shot dead on May 2, 1973, after stopping her and two associates.

The trooper was finished off with his own gun, and the FBI says Chesimard’s gun was found at his side. She was convicted in 1977 and sent to prison.

However, she broke out of there two years later with the help of accomplices from the BLA and the Weather Underground, a left-wing radical organization.

Chesimard lived in safehouses before fleeing to Cuba, where she took the Shakur name and was shielded from the U.S. by the communist government.

She is now 65.

Authorities took note Thursday of the 40th anniversary of the trooper’s killing and said Chesimard’s capture would offer closure to the New Jersey State Police.

In Cuba, Chesimard has mostly disappeared from the public eye. Her story gained prominence again in 1998, when Pope John Paul II made a visit there.

There, a TV reporter found Joanne Chesimard, who claimed she was the victim of a racist prosecution. U.S. and N.J. officials were absolutely furious.

Officials called for her extradition, but frosty relations between the U.S. and Cuba have frustrated any American efforts to get her back ever since.

New Jersey's Attorney General would not confirm reports that he is encouraging Cuban bounty hunters to capture her, but confirmed the $2 million reward.

Chesimard is the first woman and 46th person overall on the list of most wanted terrorists since President George W. Bush established it after 9/11.

Until Osama bin Laden died in 2011, he topped the list.




she isn't a fan of cooking!!


Even though I don't believe in violence, Assata Shakurs in this country at that point in time represented the end product of white supremacy. They represented the same epitome of fear and ignorance that was pushed on them by the same " authorities" that resent people like them. Violence begats Violence. As this country grows and learn from its mistakes we become better people. So don't get angry NJ police because one of Americas daughters beat you at your own game at that time, instead focus on our wealthy brothers and sister that's allowing all this " foreign" influence to come over here and Violate this country, all in the name of Greed.


Send in Seal Team Six, shoot the bitch twice in the heart and once in the head, grab some cigars and exfil back home. Job well done.

@ Steve Johnson



there is no justice in america.


There is NO JUSTICE in America.


There is

Bob smith

Chesimard talks about her "contempt" for the system, but how can anyone have anything but contempt for her, and, for that matter, for her equally unrepentant contemporaries, Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dorn and several others, when none of them have the courage or self-awareness to admit how completely wrong they were about every tactic, strategy and goal they espoused? They were arrogant, clueless kids bent on VIOLENCE, no better than any other killers in the long history of killer members of the human race, all the while holding themselves up as paragons of virtue and champions of the people. They are contemptible and revolting.

@ Bob Smith

And how exactly, Mr. Smith, do you think revolution begins?? You speak about contempt...what do you think the founding fathers of this "Great Country"...built on the backs of slaves and Indians...felt when they set forth establish this onerous political machine which has oppressed MANY domestically and abroad?? I would be willing to net they fel a great deal of contempt for a government hell bent on oppressing the people it's supposed to be representing. Just a thought...

@ Alejo

Once again you fools make the mistake of judging history through today's lens. Back in the 18th century slavery was common and an integral part of that era's economy. The moral dilemma was just beginning to be debated so don't dare use that as justification for demonizing a system of governance that has provided the greatest amount of freedom and the largest margin of prosperity for the largest number of people in the history of civilization. Wow dude, quit smoking the Kush and start drinking some strong coffee.