Forty years ago, Joanne Chesimard, now 65, participated in the execution-style slaying of New Jersey police trooper Werner Foerster. Though Chesimard was arrested, tried and sentenced for her crime, she escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba five years later.
Last week, the FBI placed a $2 million bounty on any information leading to the arrest of Chesimard, who now goes by Assata Shakur. In addition, for her association with the Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberation Army, described by the FBI as among the most dangerous militant organizations of their time, Chesimard is among the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Terrorists List, the first time a woman has made the list.
Chesimard may have achieved a new level of notoriety, but she isn't the first female criminal that has led the FBI on a long pursuit. Although she is the first to be on the FBI's terrorist list, out of the nearly 500 people to appear on the FBI's most wanted list, eight of them were women. Here are their stories.