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    Act of Terrorism - Domestic Terrorism; Unlawful Flight to Avoid Confinement - Murder

    REWARD: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information directly leading to the apprehension of Joanne Chesimard.

    Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murder. On May 2, 1973, Chesimard, who was part of a revolutionary extremist organization known as the Black Liberation Army, and two accomplices were stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two troopers with the New Jersey State Police. At the time, Chesimard was wanted for her involvement in several felonies, including bank robbery. Chesimard and her accomplices opened fire on the troopers. One trooper was wounded and the other was shot and killed execution-style at point-blank range. Chesimard fled the scene, but was subsequently apprehended. One of her accomplices was killed in the shoot-out and the other was also apprehended and remains in jail.

    In 1977, Chesimard was found guilty of first degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery. She was sentenced to life in prison. On November 2, 1979, Chesimard escaped from prison and lived underground before being located in Cuba in 1984. She is thought to currently still be living in Cuba.

    She may wear her hair in a variety of styles and dress in African tribal clothing.

    Chesimard has scars on her chest, abdomen, left shoulder, and left knee.

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    • Joanne Byron
    • Barbara Odoms
    • Joanne Chesterman
    • Joan Davis
    • Justine Henderson
    • Mary Davis
    • Pat Chesimard
    • Jo-Ann Chesimard
    • Joanne Debra Chesimard
    • Joanne D. Byron
    • Joanne D. Chesimard
    • Joanne Davis
    • Chesimard Joanne
    • Ches Chesimard
    • Sister-Love Chesimard
    • Joann Debra Byron Chesimard
    • Joanne Deborah Byron Chesimard
    • Joan Chesimard
    • Josephine Henderson
    • Carolyn Johnson
    • Carol Brown
    • "Ches"
    Date(s) of Birth Used: July 16, 1947; August 19, 1952 Hair: Black/Gray
    Place of Birth: New York City, New York Eyes: Brown
    Height: 5'7"
    Weight: 135 to 150 pounds Sex: Female
    Race: Black
    Citizenship: American


The alleged terrorists on this list have been indicted by sitting Federal Grand Juries in various jurisdictions in the United States for the crimes reflected on their wanted posters. Evidence was gathered and presented to the Grand Juries, which led to their being charged. The indictments currently listed on the posters allow them to be arrested and brought to justice. Future indictments may be handed down as various investigations proceed in connection to other terrorist incidents, for example, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The Rewards for Justice program, administered by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, offers rewards for information leading to the arrest of many of these terrorists.

It is also important to note that these individuals will remain wanted in connection with their alleged crimes until such time as the charges are dropped or when credible physical evidence is obtained, which proves with 100% accuracy, that they are deceased.