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10 Female Fugitives Wanted by the FBI

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Joanne Deborah Chesimard

Wanted for domestic terrorism
Missing since: Nov. 2, 1979
Reward: up to $1 million

Black Liberation Army member Joanne Chesimard escaped from prison while serving a life prison sentence for the 1973 execution-style murder of police officer Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike. Chesimard has used many aliases, most famously Assata Shakur (she is the step-aunt of the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur).

Born in the Queens section of New York City, the North Carolina-raised Chesimard was an activist in college and took on a leadership role in the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party, but later left it for the Black Liberation Army.

She is known to have sought political asylum in Cuba since 1984 and is thought to still be there, the FBI says. It cautions that she should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

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