Beyond Bizarre … NASA Love Triangle … Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak charged with attempted murder & Kidnapping … Now First Degree Attempted Murder
In a case that began strange and has only become even more strange as the news breaks, a NASA astronaut, Lisa Marie Nowak, attacked another female astronaut over the affections of a third. According to reports, Lisa Marie Nowak drove more than 12 hours from Texas to Florida wearing an adult diaper so she did not have to make any stops. This is sane. Nowak is being charged with attempted murder, kidnapping an battery.
Nowak, 43, is charged with attempted kidnapping, battery, and attempted vehicle burglary with battery. Orange County Judge Mike Murphy did not find probable cause on another charge, the destruction of evidence. He set bond on the other three charges at $15,000, with a $500 bond on the evidence count. (Orlando Sentinel)
The Love Triangle and bizarre cross country trip to confront the situation can be categorized as one of the more bizarre stories of late.
A married mother of three, Nowak told police that she was “involved in a relationship with,” Bill Oefelein, another NASA astronaut, which she categorized as “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship,” according to the charging affidavit.
She found out Oefelein was involved with Shipman and planned a trip to Orlando to talk to Shipman about their relationships with Oefelein, reports show. She also told police the BB gun “was going to be used to entice Ms. Shipman to talk with her.”
The astronaut, Lisa Marie Nowak, 43, a Navy captain who flew on a shuttle mission last summer, mostly kept her head down during a preliminary appearance in an Orange County, Fla., court. But she nodded and said “yes” a few times when the judge explained that she was not to have any contact with the other woman, identified as Colleen Shipman, a captain in the Air Force.
UPDATE I: Lisa Marie Nowak charged with First Degree Murder
A NASA astronaut earlier ordered released on bail Tuesday after being slapped with attempted kidnapping charges later was charged with attempted first-degree murder. (Fox News)
How do we go from respected NASA astronaut, a Naval Academy graduate who has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle Discovery flight last summer?
To a bizaro– whacked out psycho who drives 12 hours, wearing a trench coat, wig and diaper, armed with a knife, BB pistol, and latex gloves, rubber tubing, pepper spray and $600 in cash in her car.
Nowak’s actions are certainly the sign of a mentally stable individual. Don’t they test the astronauts at NASA with all kinds of stress tests? Check out the premeditation of Nowak’s actions to remedy the situation she had.
Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers in the car so she wouldn’t have to stop to go to the bathroom, authorities said. Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.
Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, she waited for Shipman’s plane to land and then boarded the same airport shuttle bus Shipman took to get to her car, police said. 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 police were called.
An officer reported following Nowak and watching her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. Police 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. (Fox)