Another first for women: FBI’s most wanted terrorist list

It’s not a first that women are seeking: The FBI has named a woman to the Most Wanted Terrorists list for the first time.

It was 40 years ago today that Joanne Chesimard, now 65, shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a routine traffic stop. She was sentenced to life in prison but escaped in 1979 with the help of the Black Liberation Army and is thought to be living in Cuba under the name of Assata Shakur.

The state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for Chesimard’s capture.

Diana Reese is a journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.

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