Lisa Nowak, former NASA Astronaut sentanced for attack on her rival: The things that love make us do…
November 11, 2009
The things that we do for love have no boundaries. This morning, on the way to work, I was listening to Angela Yee in the morning on Sirius Radio. She has Saigon, who was being put on blast because of his attempts to get at some video model.
To me, this is no big whoop. We, as men have done a lot of things to get the box. We have driven all hours of the night, flown across country to get the box. I once drove to Iowa from Minnesota to get the panties (and it was worth it and I would do it again…) and I am not ashamed of that. We do what we have to, to get satisfaction.
Meet Lisa Nowak 46, a mother of three. Seems innocent enough, but the Guardian has the story of the tragic triangle love affair that led to this court case.
A former astronaut charged with confronting a romantic rival in an airport parking lot after driving 1,000 miles from Houston to Orlando pleaded guilty today to an attack on a romantic rival.
One thing about the story that I find somewhat hilarious is that Lisa was wearing a diaper, so she wouldn’t have to make any pitstops along the way. Stopping for gas is okay, but a potty break is out of the question.
Lisa Nowak, a Navy captain, pleaded guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor battery. She originally had been charged with two felonies — attempted kidnapping and burglary — along with misdemeanor battery.
Nowak confronted her romantic rival, Colleen Shipman, in the parking lot of Orlando international airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston.
Shipman had begun dating Nowak’s love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.
What this story doesn’t add is some of the backdrop that drove here to act a little crazy.
Nowak and Oefelein had a three-year affair before he left both her and his wife for Shipman. Nowak learned of this when she found copies of emails, many lodged as evidence, including one sent by Shipman when Oefelein was on board the shuttle Discovery.
Now, she found out about the affair and clearly lost her mind.
Wearing a wig and trenchcoat, Nowak followed Shipman to the parking lot and tried to get into her car, then attacked her with pepper spray. Shipman was able to drive away.
Police arrested Nowak a short time later in the parking lot near a trash can where she was seen getting rid of a bag. In Nowak’s bag police found a steel mallet, a knife, a BB pistol, rubber tubing and several large garbage bags.
“Almost three years later, I’m still reeling from her vicious attack,” Shipman told the judge after Nowak’s plea, holding back tears. “I know in my heart when Lisa Nowak attacked me, she was going to kill me.
“I believe I escaped a horrible death that night,” Shipman said. An appeals court ruled last year that diapers, latex gloves and other items found in Nowak’s car could be used as evidence in a trial that had been scheduled for next month, but her six-hour police interview after her arrest could not. The court said investigators took advantage of the former astronaut, who had not slept for more than 24 hours, coercing her into giving information.
Nowak, 46, is a married mother of three. She flew on the space shuttle in 2006, but was dismissed from the astronaut corps after her arrest and has since been on active duty at a Navy base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Oefelein, 44, also was forced out of Nasa and now lives in Alaska with Shipman.
Well, at least love in one case won out. But, they all lost, since they were all kicked out of NASA when the story broke. I would have to put Lisa in the category of women not to date. But, hopefully, she learned that attempting to keep it real, can go wrong….horribly wrong.