New Jersey state police hope that U.S. plans to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba will help bring about the capture of a woman convicted in the slaying of a state trooper more than 40 years ago.
Joanne Chesimard was convicted of murdering Trooper Werner Foerster after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. But she escaped from prison and eventually ended up in Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro.
State authorities have made numerous efforts to extradite Chesimard, who remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List. The FBI and the State Police are offering $2 million for information leading to her capture.