February 05, 2007

Did You Hear About The Crazy Astronaut?


This is some pretty wild shit.

An astronaut drove 900 miles and donned a disguise to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, police said. She was arrested Monday and charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts.

U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, 43, who flew last July on a shuttle mission to the international space station, was also charged with attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery. She was denied bail.

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Police said Nowak drove from her home in Houston to the Orlando International Airport to confront Colleen Shipman.

Nowak believed Shipman was romantically involved with Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a pilot during space shuttle Discovery's trip to the space station last December, police said.

Nowak told police that her relationship with Oefelein was "more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship," according to an arrest affidavit. Police officers recovered a love letter to Oefelein in her car.

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When she found out that Shipman was flying to Orlando from Houston, Nowak decided to confront her, according to the arrest affidavit. Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers so she wouldn't have to stop to urinate, authorities said.

Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.

Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, Nowak boarded an airport bus that Shipman took to her car in an airport parking lot. 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 the police were called.

During a check of the parking lot, an officer followed Nowak and watched her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. They 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.

Inside Nowak's vehicle, which was parked at a nearby motel, authorities uncovered a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, latex gloves and e-mails between Shipman and Oefelein. They also found a letter "that indicated how much Mrs. Nowak loved Mr. Oefelein," an opened package for a buck knife, Shipman's home address and hand written directions to the address, the arrest affidavit said.

Police said Nowak told them that she only wanted to scare Shipman into talking to her about her relationship with Oefelein and didn't want to harm her physically.

"If you were just going to talk to someone, I don't know that you would need a wig, a trench coat, an air cartridge BB gun and pepper spray," said Sgt. Barbara Jones, a spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department. "It's just really a very sad case. ... Now she ends up finding herself on the other side of the law with some very serious charges."

If convicted of attempted kidnapping, Nowak could face a maximum of life in prison.

Her first mistake was going to Nick Nolte's stylist before the arrest.

Posted by: annika at 10:11 PM | Comments (17) | Add Comment
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1 I tried to track back this one, but kept getting "Error 500, Bugger." Clearly that "alien life form" has more power than I realized.

Posted by: NOTR at February 05, 2007 10:29 PM (GCLgj)

2 The government, and military is riddled with these crazy bitches. Bizarre behavior, but sounds like she walks with a simple assault plea, don'tcha think?

Posted by: Casca at February 05, 2007 10:54 PM (2gORp)

3 How would you like to be in a tight situation with this one at the controls?

Posted by: Leonard at February 06, 2007 08:58 AM (0Co69)

4 I saw this articlel today and heard about it to. I guess some people do a lot with diapers! I am not sure whether this report incident goes in my blog but might qualify because she might have ruined the rest of her astronaut flight career.

Posted by: dreric1kansas at February 06, 2007 09:21 AM (QEc94)

5 Damn, there goes her star.

Posted by: shelly at February 06, 2007 09:35 AM (SLFj+)

6 Wow...what a slammin' hottie! I'd like a photo of the other chick to see what this astronaut had to choose from. Then perhaps the two could "space joust" for his affections. The first one to knock the other into outer space wins his love. That would be cool...

Posted by: Billy at February 06, 2007 09:59 AM (SLFj+)

7 A girl like this, when she's not putting your cat in the microwave, is a total blast: passionate, excited, totally into you, generally makes life exciting, and totally experimental in bed. Unfortunately, even very bright and passionate people, can have a totally obsessive side that comes out when, as here, they get dumped, cheated on, or see things coming to a close. I confess, I have a slight preference for these slightly nutty drama queens; they make life interesting, and if you're lucking you get in the news and your "social value" will rise tremendously when her emails about missing your "talented fingers" or whatnot gets known to the public.

Posted by: Roach at February 06, 2007 10:01 AM (1BjlW)

8 Thanks for sharing Roach. Billy, you need to get out more. She's a skankly affirmative action manling. From the mugshot, it appears that she didn't use the diaper to go number 2. This story is getting even better. Turns out she is married to someone else. This is the byproduct of sexual repression in the military. It turned the Navy into a bunch of hypocrits.

Posted by: Casca at February 06, 2007 10:19 AM (Y7t14)

9 The spaceworms made her do it.

Posted by: The Law Fairy at February 06, 2007 01:14 PM (XUsiG)

10 Many jokes with "open the pod bay doors, Hal" as the punch line are floating through my mind.

Posted by: annika at February 06, 2007 01:29 PM (zAOEU)

11 you should hear the Talk radio stations here in Houston. Its all they can talk about. So many people calling in to say "I know her, she seemed normal to me" Well, duh! thats what you always hear about serial killers too.

Posted by: kyle8 at February 07, 2007 05:02 AM (lw6jc)

12 Dammit, it just came to me... Astronut. Soon it will be ubiquitous.

Posted by: Casca at February 07, 2007 07:36 AM (Y7t14)

13 sorry Casca. i heard Medved use it yesterday.

Posted by: annika at February 07, 2007 08:24 AM (0VTwC)

14 Believe me, I thought of it as soon as I heard the story. Medved is reading my mind again.

Posted by: Casca at February 07, 2007 10:37 AM (Y7t14)

15 Casca, Uh...that was sarcasm on my part. Sorry for the subtlety of wit...

Posted by: Billy at February 07, 2007 09:16 PM (SLFj+)

16 I work for one of the prime contractors and can tell you these are some of the nuttiest bastards I have ever met! Nothing that Nowak did..nothing in the slightest surprised me..but then, NASA is trying to hold onto it's GLORY DAYS....they are all pissed because I had the balls to tell them robotic missions were much less expensive.....wonder if I'll get mine!.....Frankie

Posted by: Frankie at February 08, 2007 03:13 AM (vPggd)

17 crazzzzzzzy moon bat bitch

Posted by: sau at February 08, 2007 04:04 PM (3WYb1)

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