this day in crime history: november 2, 1979

On this date in 1979, three members of the Black Liberation Army broke fellow BLA member Assata Shakur (aka Joanne Chesimard) out of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, NJ. The escape began when the BLA members, posing as prison visitors, drew .45 pistols and took two guards hostage. They seized a prison van and used it to flee the prison with Shakur. Once outside the prison, they switched cars and made their getaway. The two hostages were released unharmed.

Shakur, step-aunt of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, was serving a life sentence for her role in the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. After escaping prison, she lived as a fugitive in the U.S. She eventually fled to Cuba where she was granted asylum by the government.

Further reading:


Wikipedia – Assata Shakur

2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 2, 1979

  1. John D.:
    Oh, okay, so SHE is the one that fled to CUBA…I could not remember her name when the Obummer administration started to sleep with the Castro brothers once again earlier this year.

    You just KNOW she’s not going to be extradited back HERE…
    I think a life in Cuba is punishment enough…just ask the civilians (who AREN’T afraid to speak out.)

    Good call.

    Stay safe out there.


    • The Cubans also gave sanctuary to Victor Manuel Gerena, a Puerto Rican separatist who robbed an armored car of $7 million. Apparently no effort has been made to secure the extradition of these two scumbags. Your tax dollars at work…


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