Archive for Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Astronaut charged in love triangle plot

February 6, 2007


— An astronaut drove from Houston to Florida, donned a disguise and confronted a woman she believed was romantically involved with a space shuttle pilot she was in love with, police said. She was charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts.

U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, 43, who flew in July on a shuttle mission to the international space station, also was charged Monday with attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery. She was denied bail.

Police said Nowak drove from her home in Houston to the Orlando International Airport - wearing diapers so she wouldn't have to stop to urinate - to confront Colleen Shipman.

Nowak believed Shipman was romantically involved with Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a pilot during space shuttle Discovery's trip to the space station in December, police said.

Nowak told police that her relationship with Oefelein was "more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship," according to an arrest affidavit. Police officers recovered a love letter to Oefelein in her car.

NASA spokesman James Hartsfield in Houston said that, as of Monday, Nowak's status with the astronaut corps remained unchanged.

"What will happen beyond that, I will not speculate," he said.

Hartsfield said he couldn't recall the last time an astronaut was arrested and said there were no rules against fraternizing among astronauts.

When she found out that Shipman was flying to Orlando from Houston, Nowak decided to confront her, according to the arrest affidavit. Nowak drove the 900-mile trip from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers, police said.

Astronauts William Oefelein, left, and Lisa Nowak are shown on a January 2004 training mission in Quebec, Canada. Nowak was arrested Monday for attempting to kidnap a woman she believed was romantically involved with Oefelein, police said.

Astronauts William Oefelein, left, and Lisa Nowak are shown on a January 2004 training mission in Quebec, Canada. Nowak was arrested Monday for attempting to kidnap a woman she believed was romantically involved with Oefelein, police said.

Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.

Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, Nowak boarded an airport bus that Shipman took to her car in an airport parking lot. Shipman told police she noticed someone following her, hurried inside the car and locked the doors, according to the arrest affidavit.

Nowak rapped on the window, tried to open the car door and asked for a ride. Shipman refused but rolled down the car window a few inches when Nowak started crying. Nowak then sprayed a chemical into Shipman's car, the affidavit said.

Shipman drove to the parking lot booth, and the police were called.

During a check of the parking lot, an officer followed Nowak and watched her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. They also found a steel mallet, a 4-inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag Nowak was carrying when she was arrested, authorities said.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

Can't wait for the made-for-teevee movie on this.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

Why am I not surprised that the two of the biggest whack-jobs on this forum would have such a low opinion of women.

torcia 10 years ago

I would agree that these are the two biggest whack jobs on the forum. I would assume that there opinion of women come from years of being turned down by boys chafing!

trinity 10 years ago

good lord...and some men aren't good at covering up who&what they really are?!?! oh come on now. hope your momma knows how you talk about women.

person184 10 years ago

Anybody can play the statistics game, Marion. Most violence in the world can be linked to....TRUMPET BLAST... MEN! And I still like quite a few anyhow. Despite the stats, I'm not jaded.

Most murder victims (77 percent) and murderers (90 percent) are male. (U.S. Department of Justice, National Crime Victimization Survey - September 2004)

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years ago

Of course no man has ever committed a crime out of jealousy. Or it's just happens so often, it isn't big news.
It's like any other minority. She is bringing shame to all professional women with her actions, not just to her and her family. It's funny that when a man beats his wife or stalks his mistress, he is bringing shame only to him and his family.
I think the bimbo should stay at home being a desperate housewife watching soap operas, instead of making one. She is an embarrassment to professional women!

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 10 years ago

Dorothyhr, it's not a man/woman issue. It's a news item because she's an astronaut. If a male astronaut was arrested for attempted murder, you can bet that he too would make headlines.

jcantspell 10 years ago

RT+HC=love Your really secretly in love with Hillary aren't you seems she is always on your mind

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years ago

Yes it is a man/woman issue, because of the comments like those made by Dambudzo. Women and men work together all the time without having sex. I refuse to excuse this bimbo's crimes, but the male astronaut probably won't recieve any reprimand for having affairs. People should just not date fellow workers. It's a bad, bad idea. And people with such little self control (all involved in this case) that they can't keep their pants zipped, shouldn't be working in such a skilled job. Go work in a bar, or on the Jerry Springer show.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

"75% of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are..........(Drum Roll!)....................."

Are you the exception that proves the rule, Marion?

"Is it a good idea to continue to send women into space with men?"

Not if you are one of the men (if you are a man)

torcia 10 years ago

It is clear that Marion makes no attempt to cover up what he is. Should women be allowed to vote? Leave the house? Go to graduate school? Be elected to public office?

They should just stay in the kitchen and know there role...right Marion?

Crispian Paul 10 years ago

Posted by Marion (Marion Lynn) on February 6, 2007 at 11:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, try this on for size:

75% of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are..........(Drum Roll!).....................


Most who engage in Munchausen By Proxy are...............

(Trumpet blast!)..................


It is women who have made the decisions to KILL over 40,000,000 children in the womb.

As many as women as men kill their children after the birth of those children:

There are good ones out there but very difficult to find as women are professionals at covering up who and what they really are.

Not mysogyny; just the truth.



Marion, that all being true, men are more likely to be diagnosed with Antisocial personality disorder, paranoid personality, schizoid personality disorder, men are more likely to be in prison for violent crimes in general, rape and murder particularly, domestic abuse....should I go on? Wow you are so smart. Women and men are different. I actually still have two or three functional, critical thinking brain cells left in my head....

Crispian Paul 10 years ago

Marion, when's the last time you got some lovin'? It seems like you need it...

Calliope877 10 years ago

88% of violent crimes in the U.S. are committed by men.

According the Bureau of Justice Statistics, lifetime chances of going to a State or Federal Prison are higher for men (11.3) compared to women (1.8%).

The #1 health problem for women in the U.S., according to the U.S Surgeon General, is domestic battery.

March of Dimes states that men cause 17% of birth defects through battery.

White Males make up around 75% of the population but 90% of all serial killings -- meaning white men are more likely to be serial killers. So basically, all white men have a "crazy switch". The problem is that no one, not even the man knows where it is or what will trigger it.

Otherwise perfectly sane and intelligent men can flip out for no apparent reason as we saw with Ted Bundy. He was an upstanding citizen and a lawyer until he started killing people.

Marion, how do you like them apples?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

"A few peanuts tossed to the monkeys at the zoo and the monkeys start to take themselves quite seriously and begin throwing feces instead; "

Marion is very jealous over his feces.

Kathy Theis-Getto 10 years ago

Marion's true agenda with his comments were not to throw peanuts to the monkeys, but to put in a plug against abortion. The only one he is fooling is.................

Drum Roll..........................................................................


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