Now charged with attempted murder.
[quote]The police in Orlando, Fla., filed attempted murder charges today against Capt. Lisa Marie Nowak, a NASA astronaut who the authorities say attacked a rival for another astronaut’s affection . . .
Captain Nowak, 43, was wearing a trench coat and wig when she was arrested early Monday morning. She told the police she had worn diapers on the journey so that she would not have to stop to use the restroom . . . The police also found a knife, BB pistol, and latex gloves in her car . . .
At the parking lot, Captain Shipman noticed the other woman was following her, she told the police, and quickly entered her car after hearing “running footsteps” behind her.
Captain Nowak, with her hood pulled over her head, approached the car window and tried to open the door.
“Can you help me please?” she said to Captain Shipman, according to the affidavit. “My boyfriend was supposed to pick me up and he is not here. I’ve been traveling and it’s late. Can you give me a ride to the parking office?”
Captain Shipman said no but offered to send help. . .
When Captain Shipman would not open the door, Captain Nowak began to cry and said she could not hear Captain Shipman, the affidavit said. When Captain Shipman cracked open the window, Captain Nowak sprayed pepper spray into the vehicle, the authorities said.
Captain Shipman then drove away and summoned the authorities. . .[/quote]
Here she is before the breakdown. (The bottom pic, obviously. The top pic was the focus of her obsession.)
She’s a graduate of the Naval Academy, has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, has flown on the space shuttle, is married and a mother of three.