Yesterday, exactly four decades after New Jersey trooper Werner Foerster was killed and trooper James Harper was wounded in a firefight, Joanne Chesimard, now 65, has been named one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. She is the first woman and just the 46th person named to the terrorism list since it was created after the 9/11 attacks. The list included Osama bin Laden until his death.
The news came as officials vowed to continue pushing for her return from Cuba, where she surfaced in the-mid 1980s and was granted asylum by then-President Fidel Castro. Chesimard escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1979. The FBI and the State Police increased the reward for information leading to her capture from $1 million to $2 million. “By doubling the reward, we're going to bring additional attention to this,” state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said. “We teach this case. We teach this investigation,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, the superintendent of the State Police. “We set this into the troopers' minds when they're in the academy. It's with the understanding that there is no such thing as a routine motor vehicle stop.”