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Astronaut charged with kidnap attempt - quite a story!

Astronaut charged with kidnap attempt

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In this undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak is shown. U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, 43, was arrested Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, for attempting to kidnap a woman she believed was romantically involved with another astronaut she was in love with, police said. (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Department)

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. - An astronaut drove 900 miles and donned a disguise to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, police said. She was arrested Monday and charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts.

US Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, 43, who flew last July on a shuttle mission to the international space station, was also charged 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 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 last 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 raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers so she wouldn't have to stop to urinate, authorities 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.

Inside Nowak's vehicle, which was parked at a nearby motel, authorities uncovered a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, latex gloves and e-mails between Shipman and Oefelein. They also found a letter "that indicated how much Mrs. Nowak loved Mr. Oefelein," an opened package for a buck knife, Shipman's home address and hand written directions to the address, the arrest affidavit said.

Police said Nowak told them that she only wanted to scare Shipman into talking to her about her relationship with Oefelein and didn't want to harm her physically.

"If you were just going to talk to someone, I don't know that you would need a wig, a trench coat, an air cartridge BB gun and pepper spray," said Sgt.

Barbara Jones, a spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department. "It's just really a very sad case. ... Now she ends up finding herself on the other side of the law with some very serious charges."


If convicted of attempted kidnapping, Nowak could face a maximum of life in prison.

It was not immediately known whether Nowak had an attorney.
Oefelein and Shipman did not immediately return phone messages Monday night.
According to NASA's official biography, Nowak is married with three children. During her 13-day mission in July she operated the robotic arm during three spacewalks.


Oefelein is unmarried. He piloted the space shuttle Discovery in December. He has two children, according to a NASA biography.
Nowak and Oefelein were both first-time fliers during their shuttle missions last year. They trained together but never flew together.

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One thing for sure is that Shipman (the lady being targeted) is so damn lucky that this all happened in the airport parking lot with plenty of people around, and not at her home.
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A few more details:

Police found receipts indicating Nowak paid only in cash during her trip from Houston, including for her hotel stay.

According to the affidavit, police were called at 3:50 a.m. by Shipman, who told them she had been followed from the airport to a satellite parking lot by a dark-haired woman in glasses, wearing a trench coat with a hood pulled over her head.

Shipman told police she could hear the woman's footsteps running after her, so she jumped into her car and locked the doors quickly.

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I saw this on the news last night, and just thought, no way...what
an idiot, what a crazy thing to do, what a life to throw away.

I can see the movie plans in the works already.

Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Garner, and who, Ben Affleck, George
Clooney, Jake Gyllenhall, etc. It's a done deal.

All that schooling, training (on our dime) ,and prestige, and she
tossed it all away....over a guy?

What does this guy have that made a NASA scientist and
astronaut go this nuts? It sadly also looks like she liked him a lot,
but that nothing may have actually ever happened between them.

Visions of Glenn Close come to mind, perhaps, w/o the physical
relationship ever having transpired.

Yikes.

I'm glad she didn't hurt the woman, that would have been even worse.

The cops looked puzzled themselves at what happened.

Diapers? Yuck. That's one determined woman.

She'll say she was on drugs or having a bad reaction to a prescription,
in severe depression, etc.
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If she's stopping at a hotel and to get gas, why the diapers?

You know what, though, the guy is totally hot and worthy of being stalked.


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If she's stopping at a hotel and to get gas, why the diapers?

You know what, though, the guy is totally hot and worthy of being stalked.

they probably did it in space and she can't wait to get more. He looks to be the playboy astronaut type like Jack Nicholson in Terms of Endearment.
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they probably did it in space and she can't wait to get more. He looks to be the playboy astronaut type like Jack Nicholson in Terms of Endearment.
I think they did it one too many times in space and she must have hit her head on the ceiling of the shuttle or something. I've heard of "road head" but never "orbit head."

Also, trying to kidnap someone at an airport is pretty stupid, there is security and cameras all over the place. I mean, if they don't catch you in the act, they will have the photo of you leaving, etc. For a space engineer, I expected her to be a little more clever, like follow the other bimbo and snatch her at a gas station or in her driveway.

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I think they did it one too many times in space and she must have hit her head on the ceiling of the shuttle or something. I've heard of "road head" but never "orbit head."

Also, trying to kidnap someone at an airport is pretty stupid, there is security and cameras all over the place. I mean, if they don't catch you in the act, they will have the photo of you leaving, etc. For a space engineer, I expected her to be a little more clever, like follow the other bimbo and snatch her at a gas station or in her driveway.
I'm not sure if having garbage bags, a hammer, some gloves, and a bb gun in your car can get you convicted of kidnapping but she defintely assaulted the broad with the pepper spray. I don't think she'll do hard time. She's not all there from the sound of it

She should have just thrown a copper pot at her and wrote a dirty note to the gal's mother!
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I'm not sure if having garbage bags, a hammer, some gloves, and a bb gun in your car can get you convicted of kidnapping but she defintely assaulted the broad with the pepper spray. I don't think she'll do hard time. She's not all there from the sound of it

She should have just thrown a copper pot at her and wrote a dirty note to the gal's mother!
Or spread it around NASA that the other lady had herpes or something, I guess it's one big orgy over there at the coast, and having had to spend months on end over in that rat-hole town, drinking and screwing are about the only things to do.

As I've said though, that guy is hot, and I can see some brainy chick whose never had it so good could flip out if he was going to dump her. The guy's married, too, and not to the woman assaulted at the airport.

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Or spread it around NASA that the other lady had herpes or something, I guess it's one big orgy over there at the coast, and having had to spend months on end over in that rat-hole town, drinking and screwing are about the only things to do.

As I've said though, that guy is hot, and I can see some brainy chick whose never had it so good could flip out if he was going to dump her. The guy's married, too, and not to the woman assaulted at the airport.
I have to admit, the thought of doing the nasty in space is a bit intriguing.

That's probably what they do in their down time up there. Have big orgy parties with the people in the internation space station.
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Can they get out of their spacesuits up there to do it? I know they did it in Moonraker at the end, but that was a movie.

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